He is the Seahawks’ newest kickoff returner, just not necessarily the youngest.
But coach Pete Carroll donned a pair of gloves and returned a kick during a portion of Friday’s walk-through, apparently showing there are alternatives if the injury situation becomes too severe.
However, not sure if Carroll would solve the whole outrunning-the-punter problem Leon Washington experienced last week.
A recap of the day’s activities:
A show of hands. The Seahawks practiced today without their starting wide receivers. Again.
Leading receiver Mike Williams and flanker Ben Obomanu have not practiced this week, but coach Pete Carroll said their status for Sunday’s big game against the 49ers in San Francisco will be a game-day decision. Each is listed as questionable.
“Ben can run and do all that kind of stuff, (but) he won’t have caught a ball until Sunday,” Carroll said. “We’ll wait that out. We know he can go out there and perform and run around and all. Mike’s a little more an issue because we have to make sure he can run full speed on Sunday.”
Williams went out on the Seahawks’ third play against the Carolina Panthers last week with a sprained left ankle, and he already was playing with a strained left foot.
“We have to plan like he’s not there,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how it goes and if we have to adjust. But it’s not going to throw us off any.”
Williams has 52 receptions, including games with 11, 11 and 10 catches; and three 100-yard receiving performances.
Obomanu got a nasty laceration on his right hand while making a catch in the second quarter against the Panthers.
“He’s got stitches in his hand. They’re going to be there on game day,” Carroll said. “We’ve just got to see how it works for him and how the little device they’re putting on his hand works out for him. They’ve been experiencing all week and everybody feels good about it. I think he’s going to play.”
Obomanu moved into the starting lineup for the past four games. He caught four passes for 60 yards, five for 87 and five for 159 before being injured last week.
With Williams and Obomanu out this week, Ruvell Martin has gotten work at split end and Deon Butler at flanker. Rookie Golden Tate and slot receiver supreme Brandon Stokley also are available.
“Ruvell is in the plan,” Carroll said. “He’s been practicing all week. He’s done a good job for us all along. We really trust him. So he’ll be in the rotation.”
Martin was with the team in training camp, but released on the roster cut to 53 players. He was re-signed last month and has been inactive for two of the past four games. He has yet to catch a pass.
Matt Hasselbeck. Yesterday, we detailed the Seahawks’ QB needing one more win to reach 70 for his career, and tie the franchise record held by Dave Krieg.
But today, Carroll weighed in on the accomplishment.
“To be able to last that long in any one program means that you have so many things going for you – the character, and the tenacity, and smarts, and good health and all of those things,” he said. “As well as being a terrific performer.
“That’s a great statement of longevity. I wasn’t aware of that. That’s exciting that that’s coming up for him. I hope we can get it this weekend.”
ON THE FIELD
The players had a 40-minute walk-thru in the indoor practice facility, as Carroll continues to taper the workload as the team moves into the final games of the regular season.
The play of the day? One picture is worth a 1,000 words, as they say, and this one from Rod Mar might be worth a few thousand.
The end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
WR Mike Williams (ankle)
WR Ben Obomanu (hand)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
TE John Carlson (hip)
CB Roy Lewis (knee)
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
LB Matt McCoy (head)
LB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
Tatupu was back after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. Cole practiced fully for the third consecutive day and is expected to play for the first time since getting a high ankle sprain in the Halloween game against the Raiders in Oakland. With his return, Junior Siavii will be able to play some at the five-technique end spot, as well as rotate with Cole at nose tackle.
Carroll said it “looks like a long shot” that Pitts will be able to return this week, so Mike Gibson will make his third consecutive start at left guard.
For the 49ers:
K Joe Nedney (knee)
OT Joe Staley (fibula)
RB DeShawn Wynn (ankle)
CB Williams James (concussion)
CB Nate Clements (knee)
LB Parys Haralson (ankle)
DT Aubrayo Franklin (groin)
OT Anthon Davis (back)
WR Josh Morgan (shoulder)
CB Shawntae Spencer (quad)
LB Takeo Spikes (ankle)
TE Delanie Walker (ankle)
RB Brian Westbrook (not injury related)
Clements and Haralson were limited in practice today, but Franklin participated in all phases.
STAT DU JOUR
Vernon Davis had a career-high 126 receiving yards in the 49ers’ loss to the Packers in Green Bay last week. His previous high was 111 against the Seahawks at Qwest Field last season.
In his past two games against the Seahawks, the Pro Bowl tight end has 17 receptions for 184 yards – eight for 73 in the opener this season and nine for 111 and a TD in Week 13 last year.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We’re in a position to have an opportunity to win the division somewhere down the road here. But San Francisco is the whole ball game right now. The focus is good. Our guys know that this game is everything in the world right now. So we’re going for it.” – Carroll