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Wednesday in Hawkville: Lockette the Rocket also returns

Posted Oct 23, 2013

On a day when Michael Robinson was re-signed and Percy Harvin practiced for the first time this season, the Seahawks also added a dash of speed to their practice squad by also re-signing Ricardo Lockette.


A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 23, when the players had an “off” day because this week’s game is on Monday night against the Rams in St. Louis:

WORD OF THE DAY: RICARDO

As in Lockette. There was a third member of the welcome-back club on Tuesday, but the return of wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was overshadowed by receiver/returner/runner Percy Harvin practicing with the Seahawks for the first time this season and fullback Michael Robinson being re-signed.

YOU DON'T SAY

“We’re making progress. We have a long ways to go and a lot of challenges up ahead. But at this point we’ve accomplished almost as much as we could have.”

Pete Carroll

But Lockette is back, on the practice squad, and so are that smile and speed which made him standout during his first tour with the Seahawks in 2011-12. Lockette was released on the roster cut to 53 players last year, signed to the practice squad and then released from that eight-player unit in September. He signed with the NFC West rival 49ers a week later, but was released this August. He then joined the Chicago Bears practice squad but was released on Monday.

That’s a long way of saying that Lockette took a long road in returning to a team he never wanted to leave.

“I’m just so happy to be a Seahawk again,” he told reporters in the locker room on Tuesday. “And happy to be here with you guys. I missed all you guys.”

When the laughter subsided, Lockette said, “I don’t think I can just jump right back in, because these guys are on another level. I don’t take that lightly. Whatever I have to do to get up to par, or stay where I am, I’m going to do that.”

Lockette has times of 20.3 seconds for 200 meters and 4.26 seconds for 40 yards on his resume, not to mention a NCAA Division II national champion in the 200. His speed prompted Lockette’s teammates to dub him “Lockette the Rocket” during his rookie season.

Lockette’s signature play during his first stint with the Seahawks was catching a 61-yard TD pass from Tarvaris Jackson to send the 2011 season finale against in Arizona into overtime, where the Cardinals won 23-20.

TACKLING DRILL: SEAHAWKS STILL WITHOUT THEIR STARTERS

The Seahawks have played their past five games without Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung and the past four without right tackle Breno Giacomini. And that isn’t about the change anytime soon, according to the latest update from coach Pete Carroll.

STAT DU JOUR: BLUE MONDAYS

The Seahawks and their fans usually celebrate “Blue Friday.” But the team also has the best winning percentage in the history of “Monday Night Football.” Here’s a look at who’s chasing the “Blue Monday” Seahawks:

Team W-L Pct.
Seahawks 18-8 .692
49ers 43-25 .632
Steelers 40-24 .625
Colts 21-13 .618
Panthers 6-4 .600

The Seahawks’ record includes six consecutive victories and 11 wins in their last 14 Monday night games.

Okung remains on injured reserve with a designation to return because of a toe problem. He isn’t eligible to even start practicing for two more weeks and then will have a two-week window when the club can decide when to add him to the 53-man roster.

“He’s doing really well. He’s working out. He’s doing the rehab stuff he can do,” Carroll said. “We’re real encouraged that he’ll make it back after that time. It still seems like it’s a really long time, but we’ll be happy to get him back when we get him.”

Giacomini had a surgical procedure on a knee and then had fluid drained from the joint.

“He’s in the process of recovering, too,” Carroll said. “We don’t have a real clear timeline on that one. We had hoped he’d make it back a little sooner than it looks like right now. He’s a big man. It’s taking him some time to get right. It’s going to take him a couple weeks after we get him on the practice field before he’ll be able to play, and he’s not ready for that yet.”

That means Paul McQuistan will be the left tackle and rookie Michael Bowie the right tackle in Monday night’s game against the Rams, and until further notice.

UP NEXT: “COMPETITION WEDNESDAY”

But it will be Thursday. Not in Hawkville, where everything is pushed back a day because of the Monday night game. That means “Turnover Thursday” will be on Friday, “No Repeat Friday” will be on Saturday and the team will leave Sunday for St. Louis.

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks