Updated Sep 10, 2013 - 3:22 pm
Seattle Seahawks Blog
Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 12:30pm
By Brent Stecker
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is officially listed as doubtful for Monday's monumental game against New Orleans after re-aggravating the hip injury that sidelined him for the first 10 weeks of the season.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that Harvin's surgically repaired hip is still sore after playing his first game of the season against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Nov. 17.
"I thought from day-to-day we would have a chance to get him back," Carroll said. "He's been rehabilitating throughout the week. His hip was sore coming out of the game. We thought he would get back. ... We're going to list him as doubtful right now."
Caroll added that Harvin has no structural damage in his hip.
Harvin did not practice Thursday, and even though the Seahawks didn't hold practice Friday, he was listed as "DNP" because he would have been unavailable.
In his one game with 10-1 Seattle, Harvin made one catch for 17 yards and had an electric 58-yard kick return.
Also on the injury report, cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) is listed as out, while wide receiver Jermaine Kerse (concussion) and running back Marshawn Lynch (knee) are probable.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 6:04pm
Brandon Browner's appeal of what is reportedly a year-long suspension could end up having no bearing on the Seahawks' season considering the cornerback is dealing with a groin injury that may land him on injured reserve.
"Don't discount the chance of him winning this case. He could win this case," Clayton said during "Cold Hard Facts" Wednesday afternoon on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Browner reportedly had his hearing Wednesday to appeal the suspension, which stems from an alleged violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. According to Clayton, Browner isn't challenging his latest failed test but rather where he stood in the league's substance-abuse program, which could be an important distinction based on how the punishments vary depending on the phase of the program a player is in.
According to Clayton, Browner was in the substance-abuse program when he was a rookie with the Broncos back in 2005, and when he failed to show up for drug testing after he was released that season, it counted against him. Browner's argument, according to Clayton, is that he was not aware and/or was never notified that he was still required to take drug tests while he was unsigned and technically not an NFL employee.
"He's just out of college, he doesn't have a cell phone, he's collecting unemployment, there's no way to get a hold of him," Clayton said, "and the league is contacting him and saying, 'OK, you've got to test.' Well, can they show proper proof that they did try to contact him?"
Clayton characterized Browner's chances of winning his appeal as unlikely, noting that the league would have to overturn a suspension it handed down. He also noted, though, that fellow Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman surprisingly won his appeal of a four-game suspension last season.
"This thing is not over," Clayton said.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 4:45pm
By Danny O'Neil
"Person of Interest" is a weekly feature in which we put the microscope on one player from the Seahawks' upcoming opponent. This week, it's New Orleans' Jimmy Graham.
With 946 receiving yards in 11 games, Jimmy Graham is on pace for the most prolific season by a tight end in NFL history. (AP)
• Position: Tight end, two-sport stud
• Height: 6-7
• Weight: 265
• Age: 27
• Experience: Fourth season
Graham has replaced Antonio Gates as the NFL's patron saint for converted basketball players, and he paved the way for a prospect like Julius Thomas, whom the Broncos drafted out of Portland State.
Graham played one season of college football at Miami before he was drafted in the third round by New Orleans, and halfway through his rookie season, quarterback Drew Brees could tell the Saints had something special.
"He was doing some freakishly athletic things," Brees said.
He was just getting started. Graham has led the Saints in receiving yards each of the past two years, and he has a chance to have one of the best receiving seasons for any tight end in NFL history.
Through 11 games, he has caught 65 passes for 946 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. That puts him on pace to break Rob Gronkowski's record for single-season receiving yardage by a tight end, which was 1,327 yards in 2011.
Graham has more touchdown catches this season than two different teams in the NFL, and he ranks ninth in the league in receiving yardage, the only player at his position in the top 20. He presents, quite simply, one of the most unique strategic challenges the Seahawks will face this season.
"He's a tremendous talent," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Graham. "He's a ball-control catcher and he's a downfield threat that causes problems. They use him in numerous ways. They use him inside and outside. He plays as a wide receiver."
Seattle has a similarly wide array of options for defending Graham.
Do the Seahawks stick with their standard defensive playbook and trust a linebacker like K.J. Wright or a safety like Kam Chancellor to be able to stay with Graham or do they utilize their rare size at cornerback to put Richard Sherman on Graham the same way he was assigned San Francisco's Anquan Boldin in Week 2?
Carroll – understandably – wasn't all that eager to provide the details of his defensive plans.
"We have to cover him in multiple ways," Carroll said. "It takes everything that we have to slow a guy down like this."
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 2:18pm
At 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds, J.R. Sweezy is easily the smallest member of the Seahawks' offensive line. But according to center Max Unger, Seattle's right guard is the biggest eater. And it's not even close.
No pre-Thanksgiving interview – especially one with an NFL offensive lineman – would be complete without a question about food. In this case, one's capacity to stuff his face with it. So when asked which of Seattle's offensive linemen would do the most damage if they all got together for a Thanksgiving dinner, Unger said Sweezy without hesitation.
"It's crazy. It has to be a medical condition because ... he's a D-lineman, I mean, he doesn't look like an O-lineman," Unger said of Sweezy, a college defensive tackle who's in his second season with the Seahawks, "and he eats, I'd say, three times as much as anybody.
"It's ridiculous. It's like a problem."
Seattle's offensive linemen won't be having Thanksgiving dinner together, but Unger said they're going to pool some money together and hand out turkeys in the Renton area.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 1:21pm
By Danny O'Neil
The Seahawks didn't clear up their cornerback situation on Wednesday.
In fact, it remains as confusing as ever after the team released Perrish Cox 24 hours after announcing his signing and promoted DeShawn Shead from the practice squad.
The promotion of Shead was expected. It's the release of Cox that's a shocker as well as the fact cornerback Brandon Browner remains on the 53-man roster. Not only is he injured, having suffered a seriously strained groin at Atlanta in Week 10, but he is facing a year-long suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
That suspension has not been implemented, which leaves Browner on the roster at least for now, but stay tuned. Things tend to change quickly. Just ask Cox.
Percy Harvin sat out practice on Tuesday, and he was expected to be limited on Wednesday, according to coach Pete Carroll. But before anyone worries, realize that a little extra rest is going to be part of the protocol for Harvin.
"We've got to really manage him and take care of him as much as possible," Carroll said. "So we're going to keep looking for those opportunities until he is just fully strong and has no impact from the game that we just played."
Harvin was on the field for 16 plays with Seattle's offense in his Seahawks debut against Minnesota, and he also returned a kickoff. Expect that number to climb considerably, perhaps even double against the Saints.
In the meantime, though, expect him to get rest early in the week, an approach that could continue.
"We'll go day-to-day with how we take care of him," Carroll said. "That's what we're facing, I think, through probably the entire finish of the regular season."
Wilson measures up
When Seattle hosts New Orleans on Monday night, it will be the first time quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Drew Brees have been on opposing teams in a game.
Just don't say it's their first meeting.
That occurred last January at the Pro Bowl when they met face-to-face and talked eye-to-eye given that these are two of the shortest starting quarterbacks in the league.
"I was kind of waiting for the opportunity to see him," Brees said Wednesday in a conference call with Seattle-area reporters.
So was Wilson. Brees knew that from playing with receiver Nick Toon, who was Wilson's teammate at Wisconsin.
They're also linked by a shared trait: height. Or specifically, the lack of it. Wilson was measured at 5-feet-10 and 5/8 inches at the scouting combine while Brees is listed at 6 feet.
The fact that Brees and Wilson are starting for the winningest teams in the league right now says plenty about how telling that trait is.
"There's so many other more important things about playing the quarterback position besides your height," Brees said. "There's a leadership ability. There's a playmaking ability. There's instinctive things you can't teach, you can't tell by watching a guy throw a ball or run a 40-yard dash."
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 @ 4:02pm
By Danny O'Neil
RENTON – The Seahawks took the first step in moving past a pair of suspensions.
That was true for both the roster and coach Pete Carroll's remarks after the Seahawks practiced on Tuesday afternoon.
"Over the break there were some issues that came up that we've dealt with," Carroll said, "Ones that we feel very disappointed that some guys won't be able to play with us."
That would be Walter Thurmond, whose four-game suspension was announced by the league Tuesday, and fellow cornerback Brandon Browner, who is reportedly facing a year-long ban under the league's substance-abuse policy.
The Seahawks signed Perrish Cox, a cornerback formerly of the Broncos and 49ers. He takes Thurmond's spot on the 53-man roster while DeShawn Shead will be promoted from the practice squad once the Seahawks make a move involving Browner, which is expected to occur soon.
"We're in good shape with the moves that will happen," Carroll said.
The additions won't include Antonio Winfield, at least not now, despite a report posted on the league's official website Monday that the veteran cornerback who signed with Seattle over the offseason was expected to be back with the Seahawks.
Byron Maxwell will step in as the starting right cornerback, Carroll said. Second-year cornerback Jeremy Lane also has playing experience and will be a consideration for playing time, but Carroll didn't specify who would step in as the slot cornerback when the team uses five defensive backs in its nickel package.
"On the upside, these guys are going to contribute in a big way just like our guys have across the board," Carroll said.
As for Thurmond and Browner? League rules no longer ban players who are suspended for substance-abuse violations from being at the team facility, and Carroll indicated that they won't be barred.
"We will always look to give guys a second chance around here," Carroll said, "and the fact that the league has adjusted the rules and allows a guy that is suspended under these circumstances to be with us, we're going to look after them.
"But we are disappointed."
• Seattle's players returned to work Monday, practiced Tuesday and will have a full day of game preparation on Wednesday before getting Thanksgiving off and returning to work Friday.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 @ 1:01pm
The Seahawks have signed free agent Perrish Cox to help fill their sudden need for cornerbacks.
Looking forward to the next chapter in my NFL career as a member of the Seattle Seahawks!!! Can't wait to get back on the field!!#GoHawks— Perrish Cox (@pcox16) November 26, 2013
Seattle announced the move Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Walter Thurmond's suspension became official. Thurmond will miss Seattle's next four games while Brandon Browner is reportedly facing a one-year ban, each player having allegedly violated the league's substance-abuse policy.
Cox, 26, was a fifth-round pick by the Broncos in 2010 and started nine games as a rookie. He spent the last two seasons as a backup with the 49ers, who released him earlier this month.
Thurmond will be eligible to return for Seattle's regular-season finale and the postseason.
Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Antoine Winfield is an option, and the team has reportedly been in contact with the 36-year-old free agent. Seattle reportedly worked out longtime Seahawk Marcus Trufant on Monday, while Tharold Simon and DeShawn Shead are the team's in-house options.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 @ 12:32pm
The way Golden Tate sees it, teammates Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond are good guys who made bad decisions.
That's what the Seahawks receiver told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" on Tuesday when asked about the cornerbacks' off-the-field transgressions, which he called selfish.
Thurmond will miss Seattle's next four games while Browner is reportedly facing a one-year ban, each having allegedly violated the league's policy on substance abuse. The NFL typically doesn't suspend first-time offenders under its substance-abuse policy, which means it's almost a certainty that Browner and Thurmond had previously run afoul of league rules. In that case, each would have been subject to frequent drug tests and suspensions should they fail them.
Tate said it was "definitely poor judgment" for Browner and Thurmond to slip up knowing the heavy scrutiny they're under, the severe consequences of their actions and everything that's at stake for the Seahawks, who are an NFL-best 10-1 and considered Super Bowl contenders.
"I'm not in their minds. I don't know what they're thinking and I don't even know the situation. I just know who they are on a regular basis," Tate said. "It's very unfortunate. It's very unfortunate. You would think that the guys would really find what we've got going more important. I don't want to talk down or bad about any of these guys, but what we have right now is way too important to jeopardize that, to yourself and to this team, because really you're affecting way more than yourself.
"I feel like that was kind of a selfish move on both those guys' part, but it is what it is. Like I said, the show must go on, and that's what we're going to do."
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