Monday in Hawkville: Players leave bonus practice with homework
A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 22:
Homework. After the Seahawks went through a “Bonus Monday” practice in their indoor practice facility, coach Pete Carroll sent his players home with an assignment: Watch “Monday Night Football.”
Not that the players wouldn’t watch anyway. But tonight’s game features the team the Seahawks will play on Sunday – the Lions, in Detroit; as well as another down-the-road, on-the-road opponent – the Chicago Bears.
“With the Monday night game coming up, these guys have an assignment – to watch the ballgame,” Carroll said. “So we’ll be getting ready for Detroit from this point forward.”
TV coverage isn’t exactly the game video the players will be studying later in the week, but there is a benefit to seeing the Lions play the same week the Seahawks will play them.
“It’s a good introduction,” Carroll said. “They’ll hear all the talk about their season, about the team and how it’s gone and the players. They’ll see the style of play. I think it’s just a really good night for our guys to kind of zero in. It will start the week on Wednesday with a good familiarity.”
John Moffitt. The second-year guard practiced for the first time since tweaking his surgically repaired knee in late September.
“It was great to see him out there,” Carroll said. “I don’t know how far along John will be until we get him through Wednesday’s practice. Then we’ll have a better clue. But it’s great just to have him back.”
Moffitt has not played since starting the Week 3 game against the Packers. In his absence, Paul McQuistan has moved from left guard to the right side and been replaced at left guard by James Carpenter.
A few players watched practice but Carroll said he did not have updates on them.
“We’re in good shape, it looks like, for the weekend,” Carroll said.
STAT DU JOUR
Thursday night’s not all right. At least not for the teams that have to travel this season, as the league has gone with a full slate of Thursday night games – rather than the final eight weeks as in past seasons. The Seahawks became the fifth road team to lose in the first six weeks (the season-opening matchup between the Giants and Cowboys is not included because the Cowboys did not have to travel after playing on Sunday, and the game was played on Wednesday night):
Two Bears, L at Green Bay, 23-10
Three Giants, W at Carolina, 36-7
Four Browns, L at Baltimore, 23-16
Five Cardinals, L at St. Louis, 17-3
Six Steelers, L at Tennessee, 26-23
Seven Seahawks, L at San Francisco, 13-6
After their “Bonus Monday” practice, the players will revert to the normal schedule for a week that ends with an Eastern Time Zone road trip. They’ll have their off day on Tuesday, then practice Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and Friday at midday before the team flies to Detroit for Sunday’s game against the Lions.
Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Have to give props to left tackle Russell Okung for doing something I never thought I would see in an NFL game (or a biker street fight, for that matter): Okung pancaked Justin Smith in the Thursday night game. Stunning. You do not pancake Justin Smith. You just don’t.” – Peter King in ranking the Seahawks at No. 10 in the Fine Fifteen section of his Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com
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