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Tuesday in Hawkville: Golden Tate leaves sore during “Bonus Practice”

Posted Oct 22, 2013

The Seahawks got in a “Bonus Practice” in their preparation for Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis, but leading receiver Golden Tate did not finish practice due to a sore neck and shoulder.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 22, when the players had a “Bonus Practice” because this week’s game is on Monday night against the Rams in St. Louis:

WORD OF THE DAY: GOLDEN

It could describe the setting at practice, as the Seahawks worked outside along the shores of Lake Washington on a gorgeous afternoon that left coach Pete Carroll to offer, “What a day, huh. Great day in the Northwest.”

YOU DON'T SAY

“As a competitor, you always want to show up – especially when the whole world is watching.”

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, on the Seahawks being 7-1 in primetime games during his 3½ seasons

But this Golden is Tate, the Seahawks’ leading receiver during their franchise-best 6-1 start. Tate started practice but didn’t finish it, because of the neck and shoulder injury he got in Thursday night’s victory over the Cardinals in Arizona.

“He’s a little sore from the game,” Carroll said. “His shoulder is still sore – his neck and shoulder area, where he got popped pretty good. So we’ll have to wait and see what that means. He couldn’t finish practice today.”

The good news is that after a condensed schedule last week, when every day was actually two days, the Seahawks have ample time to prepare for Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis.

Tate has 27 receptions to lead the team and is second in receiving yards (346) to Doug Baldwin (360).

PLAYER WATCH: MICHAEL ROBINSON

STAT DU JOUR: JON RYAN’S “NO RETURN” ZONE

Jon Ryan’s punting averages are down slightly (43.6 and 39.4 net; from 45.6 and 40.8 last season), but the Seahawks have allowed only six return yards on his 26 punts. Here’s a look at where that ranks in the league:

Punter, team Punts Yards
Adam Podlesh, Bears 29 5
Jon Ryan, Seahawks 26 6
Tim Masthay, Packers 24 7
Pat McAfee, Colts 30 8
Michael Koenen, Buccaneers  34 8
Mike Scifres, Chargers 24 9
Britton Colquitt, Broncos 25 9

Deft punting by Ryan? Great coverage, especially from gunners Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell?

“It’s probably a combination,” Ryan said. “I think that I’ve really worked on hang time and placing the ball; maybe taking a little off if it sometimes. There aren’t as many of those 60-yard punts, but more 45-, 46-yard punts that are fair caught. And the gunner play has been unbelievable. Those guys get out there so quick that they’re in the returner’s face before he can do anything with it. So that’s been the biggest reason, in my opinion.”

We checked in with the just re-signed fullback before practice. But Carroll provided an update after practice that included, “We’re counting on him playing for us this week.”

And that is why Robinson was brought back, because Derrick Coleman injured a hamstring against the Cardinals. Coleman did not participate in Tuesday’s practice.

“We’re pleased he made it through today,” Carroll said of Robinson. “We could see him run around a little bit and get going. He had a little extra sweat going today.”

MARSHAWN LYNCH UP FOR WEEKLY HONOR

The Seahawks’ Beast Mode back has been nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week after rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown in the 34-22 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona last Thursday night.

The effort lifted Lynch to second in the league in rushing yards (578) and rushing touchdowns (six).

The Jets’ Chris Ivory (104 yards) and Chargers’ Ryan Mathews (110 yards and a TD) are the other nominees. You can vote for Lynch here.

UP NEXT: PLAYERS “OFF” DAY

The players have an “off” day on Wednesday, which they usually get on Tuesday. But because their next game is on Monday night, the weekly schedule is moved back a day.