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Thursday in Hawkville: The World According to Richard Sherman

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Richard Sherman, the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback, doesn’t just talk a good game; he can be entertaining on other subjects as well. And he proved that again on Thursday.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 14, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: NERDS

As in the Stanford football team. And that comes from Stanford alum Richard Sherman.

Asked Thursday about the Cardinal-USC rivalry, the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback offered, “With respect to my coach (former USC coach Pete Carroll), I think it’s a great rivalry that we’ve won the past four or five times. I think that it used to be very lopsided SC’s way. Since, it’s changed. Nerd Nation has taken over and not a lot of people approved of that – the nerds taking over the world.

“But nerds rule, kids.”

That was Sherman’s parting line as he left the podium in the auditorium after his weekly Q&A session with the media. But there were other gems that are worth revisiting:

On whether he’d like the 49ers (6-3) or Saints (7-2) to win this week’s game in New Orleans (because a Saints’ loss could strengthen the 9-1 Seahawks’ hold on the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but a 49ers’ loss could increase their lead in the NFC West): “That’s a good question. Could they both lose? (Laughs) I wish they both could lose. To tell you the truth, I think it’s a win-win for us either way. We’ve got to win out. We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do the rest of the season to make our dreams come true anyway. So in that situation whichever team wins it’s good for us. One of them has to lose. So if we handle our business the rest of the season we’ll be in a good spot.”

When asked about the running back matchup of the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch and the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson: “I think they’re very powerful runners. They both run very violently. They run hard. They take on contact. They initiate contact. And they usually shed off contact. I think Adrian Peterson runs to go. I think Marshawn runs to run through people.”

On whether it alters their preparation not knowing whether Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel will be the Vikings’ quarterback: “We prepare for Adrian Peterson. Because they both can turn around and hand it to him. So I think we’ll be preparing for them just the same.”

On whether it would be good to enter next week’s bye coming off a win: Sherman ran his hand down his face before doing his best Russell Wilson impersonation and offering, “We go 1-0 every week. We’re a team that searches for one win a week.” Unable to maintain the shtick, Sherman laughed before adding, “I was trying to give you my Russell impression. It would be great. It would be great to get that win. We’re facing one of the best backs in the league, obviously. So it’s not going to be an easy win by any means. But it would be great to get that win. To get a win heading into the bye week it would feel good. You rest better coming off a win.”

INJURY REPORT: SHERMAN RETURNS; PERCY HARVIN FULL PARTICIPATION

The official report, as issued by the team:

YOU DON'T SAY

“I don’t want to be an island. I want to be more of a tourist attraction. I want to be the guy, you stop here, I take your money and then you go. Then everybody has a good day.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, asked if he wanted an island nickname after not being thrown on much in recent games

Did not practice
CB Brandon Browner (groin)
CB Jeremy Lane (thigh)
DT Tony McDaniel (hamstring)

Full Participation
DE Red Bryant (concussion)
SS Kam Chancellor (hip)
DE Chris Clemons (not injury related)
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
LB Heath Farwell (knee)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
LB Bruce Irvin (shoulder)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
CB Richard Sherman
C Max Unger (concussion)

After sitting out Wednesday to rest a sore hip, Sherman was back at practice. After being limited Wednesday, Harvin participated in all phases of practice for the first time since before having hip surgery Aug. 1. Also, the seven other players who were limited Wednesday were full participants.

“You know, I saw that Peyton Manning got a day off and I was like, ‘Man, where’s my day off?’ So I was like, ‘Let’s come up with something so I can rest, too,’ ” Sherman cracked before practice, and before adding, “Nah, I’m just joking. I’m good. I’ll be out there today. I just needed some rest.”

The key with Harvin, of course, is how his surgically repaired hip feels Friday after his extended stint Thursday.

For the Vikings:

STAT DU JOUR: BACKS BACK-TO-BACK

Sunday’s game features the NFL’s second-leading rusher in the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch and the back who is at No. 4 in the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. They’re also third (Lynch) and seventh (Peterson) in the league in total yards. Here’s a comparison of the numbers they’ve put up this season:

Category Lynch Peterson
Rushing yards 871 786
Per-game average 87.1 87.3
Attempts 191 173
Per-carry average 4.6 4.5
Long run  43 78
100-yard games 3 3
Rushing TDs 7 9
Receptions 22 24
Receiving yards 213 163
Per-catch average 9.7 6.8
Total yards 1,084 949
Total TDs 8 10

Did not practice
LB Erin Henderson (illness)
TE Kyle Rudolph (foot)

Limited in practice
RB Matt Asiata (shoulder)
TE Rhett Ellison (ankle)
DT Fred Evans (knee)
DT Letroy Guion (chest)
WR Greg Jennings (Achilles)
OG Charlie Johnson (elbow/toe)
QB Christian Ponder (left shoulder)

Full participation
CB Chris Cook (hamstring)
FB Jerome Felton (back)
LB Chad Greenway (wrist)
LB Erin Henderson (illness)
OT Phil Loadholt (concussion)
S Jamarca Sanford (groin)

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier still hasn’t said whether Ponder will start after dislocating the shoulder on his non-throwing arm last week. But Ponder told reporters who cover the Vikings that he remains optimistic. “Honestly, it’s a lot better that I expected it to be all week,” he said. “I was a little pessimistic about what was going to happen over the weekend. I was very uncomfortable. I woke up Monday and Tuesday and I kept feeling better and better. … Each day it’s going to keep better.”

UP NEXT: “NO REPEAT FRIDAY”

“Turnover Thursday” gives way to “No Repeat Friday” as the players will hold their final full practice for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. But it’s also the day when coach Pete Carroll will provide the status reports on those players looking to return from injuries – starting with Harvin, but also including tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini, center Max Unger, defensive end Red Bryant and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel.

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