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Wednesday in Hawkville: Steven Hauschka perfect choice for NFC honor

Posted Oct 2, 2013

After kicking a game-winning 45-yard field goal in overtime against the Texans in Houston on Sunday, Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka was named NFC Special Teams Player of Week on Wednesday.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 2, when the Seahawks began practicing for Sunday's game against the Colts in Indianapolis:

WORD OF THE DAY: PERFECT

That's what Steven Hauschka is this season, so it makes perfect sense that the Seahawks' kicker would be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting a game-winning 45-yard field goal in overtime to lift his team to a 23-20 victory over the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

"It's kind of funny, I've been here three years and this is the moment everyone starts acknowledging it," Hauschka said in the locker room before Wednesday's practice. "But that's just the nature of the position. Everyone focuses on that one play, but it's really a product of hard work over the offseason, the last couple years and getting a good rhythm with Jon (Ryan, the holder) and Clint (Gresham, the snapper)."  

Hauschka also provided the Seahawks' first six points in the game on 48- and 39-yard field goals. Entering this week's game against the Colts in Indianapolis, Hauschka has converted each of his eight field goal attempts, is 11 of 11 on PATS and has produced touchbacks on 18 of his 24 kickoffs. And, he's now hit 18 field-goal attempts in a row dating back to last season.

But Hauschka is right; he has been ridiculously consistent since joining the Seahawks in 2011. He was 25 of 30 on field goals that first season, with three of the misses coming from 40-plus yards. He was 24 of 27 last season, when his misses came from 61 and 51 yards and he had a 50-yarder blocked.

"It's just the consistency factor," special teams coordinator Brian Schneider said. "It's the way he prepares and really it's what Steven has been doing here for three years. He just keeps doing the same stuff and keeps improving."

INJURY REPORT: BRANDON MEBANE SITS OUT

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

YOU DON'T SAY

"Oh boy, it's 'Scary Movie 3.'"

Colts coach Chuck Pagano when asked for his impressions of the Seahawks' defense

Did not practice
DE Chris Clemons (not injury related)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
CB Jeremy Lane (hamstring)
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)
NT Brandon Mebane (knee)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)

Limited in practice
C Max Unger (arm)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)

Full participation
DE Michael Bennett (back)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
LB K.J. Wright (shoulder)

STAT DU JOUR: DOMED, AGAIN

Russell Wilson is 16-6 as the Seahawks' starter, including playoff games, but the second-year QB is 2-4 in domed stadiums. Here's a look at his indoor efforts:

Season, Week, Opponent Outcome Wilson's numbers
2013, Week 4, Texans  W, 23-20 OT    

12 of 23, 123 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
10 rushes for 77 yards

2012, Playoffs, Falcons L, 30-28 

24 of 36, 385 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
7 rushes for 60 yards, 1 TD

2012, Week 15, Bills W, 50-17

14 of 23, 205 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
9 rushes for 92 yards, 3 TDs

2012, Week 9, Lions  L, 28-24 

25 of 35, 236 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
1 rush for 9 yards

2012, Week 4, Rams  L, 19-13

17 of 25, 160 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INT
7 rushes for 14 yards

2012, Week 1, Cardinals  L, 20-16  18 of 34, 153 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
8 rushes for 20 yards 

With Mebane sitting out, Clinton McDonald worked at nose tackle with the No. 1 defense. Mebane has 11 tackles this season and he ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the league among interior linemen with 123 tackles since the start of the 2011 season. With Lynch being given the day off, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael handled the running back duties in practice.

Coach Pete Carroll discussed the status of the players returning from injuries and those still sidelined during his midday Q&A session with the media and Tony Drovetto provides the details.

For the Colts:

Did not practice
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck)
RB Stanley Havili (ankle)
S Delano Howell (toe)
DT Ricky Jean Francois (groin)
S LaRon Landry (ankle)
LB Bjoern Werner (foot)

Limited participation
CB Vontae Davis (foot)
OG Hugh Thornton (shoulder)

ROSTER MOVES: QB B.J. DANIELS CLAIMED

Rookie quarterback B.J. Daniels, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, has been claimed off waivers. To clear a spot on the 53-man roster, rookie linebacker John Lotulelei was released.

The 5-foot-11, 217-pound Daniels was selected in the seventh round of April's NFL Draft, but was released because the 49ers were in the process of signing former Cardinals QB John Skelton. Daniels did not arrive in time to participate in practice.

The club also made a practice-squad move by re-signing wide receiver Arceto Clark and releasing defensive end Jameson Konz. Clark, who had been released last week, celebrated his return by making a one-handed catch in practice.

UP NEXT: "TURNOVER THURSDAY"

The players will practice again on "Turnover Thursday," so it's a good time to remind you that the Seahawks are 21-3 under Carroll when they win the turnover battle and they're third in the league this season at plus-7 in turnover differential.

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