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Wednesday in Hawkville: Seven Seahawks among leading vote-getters in Pro Bowl balloting

Posted Dec 18, 2013

From Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson; to Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Max Unger; to Steven Hauschka and Jon Ryan, the Seahawks are making their presence felt in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 18, when the players returned from their “off” day to begin practicing for the Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: RESPECT

Yes, respect for the Seahawks. Or, as Aretha Franklin would put it, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.”

For the Seahawks, it’s like Former coach Mike Holmgren always used to say – individual honors are a direct result of team success. And that means the Seahawks’ best-in-the-league 12-2 record is reflected in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl.

In the latest update released by the league Wednesday, Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson are among the Top 10 – Lynch at No. 4 overall and the No. 2 running back with 821,487 votes; Wilson at No. 7 overall and the No. 3 quarterback with 718,826. The Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles is the only back with more votes (825,345) than Lynch. Quarterbacks Peyton Manning (1,227,068) of the Broncos and Drew Brees (1,049,811) are the top vote-getters overall.

VOTE FOR PRO BOWL

Tops at their positions are cornerback Richard Sherman (477,595), free safety Earl Thomas (359,255), center Max Unger (225,848) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (173,897). Steve Hauschka is No. 2 among the kickers (159,938) behind the Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski (193,069) and Jon Ryan (93,386) is No. 2 among the punters behind the Chiefs’ Dustin Colquitt.

The Seahawks play Arizona at CenturyLink Field on Sunday with a chance to clinch the NFC West title, a first-round bye in the playoffs and home-field advantage throughout the postseason, and Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer cast an unofficial vote for Thomas and Chancellor.

“Probably the two best safeties in the league,” Palmer said during a conference-call interview when asked about the Seahawks’ No. 1-ranked defense.

The players and coaches will cast their votes next week, and the Pro Bowl players will be announced next Friday for the Jan. 26 game in Honolulu.

INJURY REPORT: KAM CHANCELLOR, ZACH MILLER SIT OUT PRACTICE

The first official report of the week, as issued by the team:

STAT DU JOUR: FOR BOBBY WAGNER, CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner set a Seahawks’ rookie record for tackles with 140 last season, when he also was runner-up in the voting for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. At first glance, his tackles are down this season through 14 games, but then he missed two games at midseason with a sprained ankle. Here’s a look at his totals through 14 games in both seasons:

Year Games Tackles Avg. Sacks Int. 10-plus
2013 12 99 8.3 4 2 3
2012 14 121 8.6 2 3 5

Note: 10-plus indicates games with double-digit tackles 

Out
LB K.J. Wright (foot)

Did not practice
SS Kam Chancellor (quadriceps)
DE Chris Clemons (not injury related)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)
TE Zach Miller (ribs)

Coach Pete Carroll addressed the injury situation, among other things, during his midday Q&A session with the media and Seahawks.com writer and producer Tony Drovetto provides the details.

During practice, DeShawn Shead was at strong safety for Chancellor; Robert Turbin and Christine Michael split the reps at running back for Lynch; Luke Willson was at tight end for Miller; and Michael Bennett was at Leo end for Clemons.

For the Cardinals:

Did not practice
WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion)
TE Rob Housler (groin)
S Rashad Johnson (ankle)
QB Carson Palmer (ankle/right elbow)

Limited in practice
CB Justin Bethel (wrist)
RB Andre Ellington (quadriceps)
WR Michael Floyd (ankle)

Palmer was asked about the ankle he sprained in Sunday’s overtime win against the Titans during a conference-call interview Wednesday. “It’s good,” he said. “It just got tweaked a little bit last week. I got a lot of treatment on it yesterday and Monday and it’s feeling a lot better.”

PRACTICE-SQUAD SHUFFLE: ARCETO CLARK, DeWAYNE CHERRINGTON RETURN

YOU DON'T SAY

“I want the 12th Man to know that we really appreciate everything they do. They’re a part of this thing. We’re connected to them as well. It just feels good when they’re behind us like that. It just gives us more energy.”

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas on the team’s fan base that has traveled so well this season and always turns CenturyLink Field into a noise factory

Rookie wide receiver Arceto Clark has been re-signed to the practice squad. Linebacker Mike Taylor was released to clear a spot on the eight-man unit. Also signed was defensive tackle DeWayne Cherrington, who had been signed Aug. 19, but released on the Aug. 31 roster cut to 53 players. Cherrington replaces defensive tackle Michael Brooks, who was released

Clark was originally signed June 4, but was also released on the roster cut to 53 players. He was signed to the practice squad, Sept. 26, only to be released the next day; re-signed Oct. 2, but released Nov. 11. Taylor had been signed last Wednesday.

UP NEXT: “TURNOVER THURSDAY”

The “Competition Wednesday” practice will be followed by another on “Turnover Thursday,” which has become an everyday theme for the Seahawks – especially on game day. They lead the NFL with 22 interceptions and are second in total takeaways (33) and turnover differential (plus-16).

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