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Thursday in Hawkville: Player of the Month? Richard Sherman has it covered

Posted Oct 3, 2013

After turning in a series of September-to-remember efforts, Richard Sherman has the honor to match as the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 3, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis:

WORD OF THE DAY: SHERM

As in Richard Sherman. As in which defensive player in the NFC had a better opening month of the NFL season that the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback?

The league office answered that question Thursday, when Sherman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month. His resume included two interceptions, including the one he returned 58 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on Sunday to tie the game against the Houston Texans that the Seahawks then won 23-20 in overtime; holding Anquan Boldin to no catches in the Seahawks’ home opener, after Boldin had caught 13 passes for 208 yards in the San Francisco 49ers’ season opener; eight tackles and six passes defensed.

Sherman reacted to the award just as he did after being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following the victory over the 49ers, when he returned his first interception 28 yards to setup a field goal in the Seahawks’ 29-3 victory.

“I really think it’s a team honor,” Sherman said before practice. “It’s a testament to how well our whole defense has been playing. The front has been getting a lot of sacks, they’re been getting a great rush and giving us a chance to make plays back there. The linebackers have been playing well. And you know the ‘Legion of Boom’ has always had an impact on every game. With Kam (Chancellor, the strong safety), Earl (Thomas, the free safety), B.B. (Brandon Browner, the right cornerback), one of us is going to get the award on this defense.

“It’s just a blessing I was able to get it and share it with those guys because it’s such a team honor.”

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn echoed that sharing-the-honor sentiment after practice.

“It’s great for him, and really a tribute to all his teammates in terms of the style and attitude the guys play with,” Quinn said. “So we were fired up for him and for all the other guys that are part of that group that does well. But Richard is something else.”

INJURY REPORT: THREE STARTERS RETURN, BUT ZACH MILLER DIDN’T PRACTICE

The official report, as issued by the team:

STAT DU JOUR: RICHARD SHERMAN MAKES IT A BAKER’S DOZEN

Richard Sherman has become the 13th player in team history to be selected as Player of the Month – but he’s the first cornerback to be honored; the first player to win the award since 2007; and only the second Seahawks to be chosen for the month of September. Here’s a look at the select company he just joined:

Player  Year, month
RB Curt Warner 1986, October
QB Dave Krieg 1986, December
FB John L. Williams 1989, December
DE Michael McCrary 1996, December
LB Chad Brown 1998, November
QB Jon Kitna 1999, October
P Jeff Feagles 1999, December
QB Matt Hasselbeck 2004, December
RB Shaun Alexander  2005, November
FS Ken Hamlin 2006, September
KR Nate Burleson 2006, November
DE Patrick Kerney  2007, November

Did not practice
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
CB Jeremy Lane (hamstring)
TE Zach Miller (hamstring)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)

Limited in practice
CB Walter Thurmond (shoulder)
C Max Unger (arm)

Full participation
DE Michael Bennett (back)
DE Chris Clemons (not injury related)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)
NT Brandon Mebane (knee)
LB K.J. Wright (shoulder)

Mebane, Clemons and Lynch were back after sitting out Wednesday’s practice, but Miller was sidelined because of a sore hamstring.

For the Colts:

Did not practice
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck)
CB Vontae Davis (foot)
RB Stanley Havili (ankle)
DT Ricky Jean Francois (groin)
S LaRon Landry (ankle)
S Joe Lefeged (not injury related)
OG Hugh Thornton (shoulder)
LB Bjoern Werner (foot)

Full participation
S Delano Howell (toe)

The Colts practiced without six starters – leading rusher Bradshaw, Thornton and Havili on offense; Francois, Landry and Davis on defense.

PLAYER WATCH: B.J. DANIELS

In his first practice with the Seahawks after being claimed off waivers, rookie quarterback B.J. Daniels played some free safety and even caught a pass while playing wide receiver on the scout teams that work against the starters. But his quarterback “work” was limited to standing next to QB coach Carl Smith to get an introduction to the Seahawks’ offense.

YOU DON'T SAY

“Doug plays with two chips on his shoulder. That’s what I’ve always thought.”

Colts QB Andrew Luck, who was a teammate of Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin at Stanford

Changing teams in the middle of a season is like being the new kid in school, but in Daniels’ case it’s like being the new kid at the rival high school because he started the season with the 49ers.

“It’s different,” Daniels said. “I’ve never had this experience before, me being a rookie, of switching teams. It’s kind of like starting over. So I’m trying to pick up the system. The team has welcomed me in and I’m just glad to be here.”

Daniels was at CenturyLink Field in Week 2 for the Seahawks’ home opener against the 49ers, but he hasn’t been around long enough to grasp the sense of the rivalry between the teams.

“As far as the fans and the whole rivalry, that’s not something I can honestly pay attention to right now,” he said. “This is my new home. This is my new team. Whatever I can do to help out Seattle is what I’m going to try to do.”

And that is exactly what Daniels did by playing a little safety and a little receiver in practice.

UP NEXT: ON TO INDY

The players will have a midday practice on Friday before the team flies to Indianapolis for Sunday’s game.

Chancellor and cornerback Byron Maxwell had interceptions during the “Turnover Thursday” practice, while Thomas forced a fumble.

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