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SEAHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Trufant to have MRI on ankle

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By Rich Myhre and Todd Fredrickson
Herald Writers
SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks were without three defensive starters for much of Sunday’s game and afterward their status for next Sunday’s game at St. Louis was unclear.
The biggest question mark appears to be cornerback Marcus Trufant, who suffered an ankle injury early in the third quarter of the 27-20 victory over San Diego. Trufant, who was hurt defending a long pass play, was scheduled to undergo an MRI this morning.
After the game Trufant said his ankle “feels OK, but I don’t know exactly what it is yet. It was hurting at the time, so I couldn’t go back in the game. We’re going to check it out (today) and see exactly what it is.
“We’ll know more (today),” he added. “I’m no doctor, so I’ll let the trainers figure it out.”
Linebacker Aaron Curry suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane had a calf injury in the second half, with neither finishing the game.
Curry said he had a tightness in his hamstring, “but I don’t think it’s that serious. I just think (team doctors) took a very cautious route. I was cramping and my muscles were tight, so I couldn’t really get them loose. But I’ll be ready to play next week.”
The Seahawks got good performances from backup cornerback Walter Thurmond and backup linebacker Will Herring.
“Walter Thurmond did a great job today to come in and play against that kind of passing team and that kind of quarterback,” said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. “And Will Herring came in and had a very, very good game in the second half to help us out.”
Herring missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday due to a family matter, so he had “an extremely difficult week,” Carroll said. “But he did get it done.
Added Carroll, “(When) issues come up during the course of the season, guys have to step up to the challenge and play like the guys that went down, regardless. ... We’re not going to lament about who’s not there, we rejoice around the guys that answer the call and that definitely happened today.”
In memory of a former teammate
Seattle safety Earl Thomas said he dedicated Sunday’s game to a former teammate who died September 17 during a high school football game in Texas.
Thomas said he was pleased to honor Reggie Garrett by intercepting two passes in Seattle’s victory.
Garrett was a freshman when Thomas was a senior at West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas. The two stayed in touch, and they worked out together during the summer while Thomas was in college at Texas.
“I’m glad I was able to get two picks for him. He meant a lot to our community and people are taking it hard,” Thomas said of Garrett. “It’s been a long week, so I’m glad I was able to get that.”
Garrett died moments after throwing a touchdown pass for West Orange-Stark. After the play, he collapsed on the sideline and was never revived. The cause of death is still unknown.
Thomas said he wrote a letter to the family, which was read at Garrett’s memorial service.
“I was just trying to show my support as best I can.”
Winning Qwest
Seattle is 2-0 at home for the first time in three years, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said that getting back to winning at home is critical for the Seahawks, who were 6-10 at Qwest Field the last two seasons.
In the previous five seasons, Seattle was 33-7 at home and made the playoffs each season.
“For us to accomplish our goals, for us to win our division, we need to dominate at home again, and that’s been made very, very clear,” Hasselbeck said.
“For years, we dominated at home, and people hated to come up here, and because we weren’t a very good team for two years we sort of lost that,” he said. “It’s going to be real important to get that back.”
Hill facing suspension?
ESPN is reporting Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill is facing a two- or three-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, according to league sources.
This will be an addition to the one-game suspension that Hill served in the regular-season opener for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Hill spent Friday in New York meeting with NFL officials, and could have an answer early this week, according to sources.
Hill was arrested April 12, about two weeks after pleading guilty to a marijuana charge, after a late-night incident with his girlfriend at their home near Seattle. Hill later made a deal in court to have the charges dropped if he completed a domestic-violence prevention program and has no criminal violations in the last 18 months.
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