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Monday in Hawkville: Seahawks dive into short week to prepare

Posted Oct 14, 2013

With a game on Thursday night, it should help that the Seahawks will be facing the NFC West rival Cardinals. But as coach Pete Carroll said, “They’re a brand new team to us.”

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 14, when the Seahawks put Sunday’s 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans behind them and started preparing for Thursday night’s nationally televised game against the Cardinals in Arizona:

WORD OF THE DAY: FAMILIARITY

As long as the Seahawks have to play a game on Thursday night, it might as well be against a division foe that they play twice a season. Right?

Not exactly, even though the opponent in this short week is the Arizona Cardinals.

“They’re a brand new team to us,” coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media.

That’s because the Cardinals have a new coach, Bruce Arians; a new offense; a new quarterback – Carson Palmer, Carroll’s old QB at USC; and even a new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles.

“There are things that look similar, but it’s not the same,” Carroll said. “All kinds of stuff has changed, so we have to look at them all over again.

“It’s not like we’re just carrying it over, same ol’ same ol’. It’s not like that.”

INJURY REPORT: CHRIS CLEMONS HAS “A LITTLE ISSUE” WITH HIS ELBOW

There is an injury report because of Thursday night’s game, but the status for the Seahawks’ players is an estimation because they held a walkthrough rather than a practice:

STAT DU JOUR: NO. 25 IS NO. 1

Richard Sherman not only leads the NFL in interceptions since 2011, the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback also is No. 1 in passes defensed. Here’s a look at who’s chasing Sherman in each category:

Interceptions (since 2011)
Player, Team No.
Richard Sherman, Seahawks 15
Tim Jennings, Bears 14
Patrick Peterson, Cardinals 12
Thomas DeCoud, Falcons 10
Corey Webster, Giants 10

Passes defensed (since 2011)
Player, Team No.
Richard Sherman, Seahawks 49
Tramon Williams, Packers 41
Cary Williams, Eagles 40
Tim Jennings, Bears  39
Brandon Flowers, Chiefs 37

Did not practice
DE Chris Clemons (elbow)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
MLB Bobby Wagner (ankle)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)

Limited participation
TE Zach Miller (hamstring)

Carroll did provide some updates on injured players before the walkthrough.

Leo end Chris Clemons had a MRI on the elbow he hyperextended during Sunday’s game. He won’t need surgery, but Carroll said “he has a little issue in there” that the club has to figure out. “It’s basically a tolerance deal,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge for him for him to get back in a short week. It really doesn’t work to his advantage.”

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner sat out the game against the Titans with what Carroll said was a high ankle sprain. Monday he said, “Bobby’s making progress that the trainers don’t even understand for the kind of sprain he had. He’s up running around already on an ankle that should have taken longer than that.” Carroll said he is not sure at this time if Wagner can make it back for Thursday’s game.

But tight end Zach Miller should be able to return after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury. “Unless there’s some issue that we can’t foresee,” Carroll said. “He was really close to playing this week. Hopefully it will work out so he can have a full-game participation.”  

Wide receiver Percy Harvin is eligible to come off the physically-unable-to-perform list this week after having a surgical procedure on a bothersome hip during training camp, but he won’t play against the Cardinals. “He’ll be running and doing a lot of stuff this week,” Carroll said. “We won’t expect him to play this week, but we’ll find out how far along he’s come.”

For the Cardinals:

YOU DON'T SAY

“It’s nice to learn while you’re winning. I think that’s where we are and that’s what we’re hoping to continue.”

Coach Pete Carroll on being 5-1

Did not practice
DE Calais Campbell (neck)
WR Brittan Golden (hamstring)

Limited participation
LB John Abraham (shoulder)
LB Karlos Dansby (quadriceps)
WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring)
TE Rob Housler (ankle)

Full participation
LB Kenny Demens (hamstring)
TE Jim Dray (quadriceps)
S Rashad Johnson (finger)
DE Ronald Talley (wrist)

Campbell was taken off the field on a stretcher during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game and to the hospital. But he told reporters in Phoenix on Monday he is hoping to play against the Seahawks. “I feel pretty good now,” he said. “Football is my life so I am looking forward to strapping up and playing again.” 

UP NEXT: A VERY SHORT WEEK

The players usually have Tuesday as their “off” day, but not during this unusual week. They will practice on Tuesday afternoon and again at midday Wednesday before flying to Phoenix for Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals.