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Castoff Martin steps up for Seahawks

Seattle WR catches four passes for 73 yards and a TD

  • Seahawks wide receiver Ruvell Martin (82) celebrates with teammate Mike Gibson (64) in the first quarter after Martin scored a touchdown against the S...

    Paul Kitagaki Jr ./ Sacramento Bee

    Seahawks wide receiver Ruvell Martin (82) celebrates with teammate Mike Gibson (64) in the first quarter after Martin scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

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By John Boyle
Herald Writer
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  • Seahawks wide receiver Ruvell Martin (82) celebrates with teammate Mike Gibson (64) in the first quarter after Martin scored a touchdown against the S...

    Paul Kitagaki Jr ./ Sacramento Bee

    Seahawks wide receiver Ruvell Martin (82) celebrates with teammate Mike Gibson (64) in the first quarter after Martin scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

SAN FRANCISCO — Ruvell Martin has gone from twice cut to career day so far this season.
Martin, who started at receiver for the injured Mike Williams, caught four passes for a career-high 73 yards and a touchdown Sunday, providing one of the few bright spots in Seattle’s 40-21 loss to the 49ers.
Martin’s big game came a month after he was signed, cut, then re-signed by the Seahawks in the span of a week. He also spent training camp with the Seahawks before being released just before the start of the season. Before Sunday, Martin had been active for three of Seattle’s past five games, but had not caught pass. His first reception of 2010 was an 11-yard touchdown, which coincidentally occurred in the same end zone of Candlestick Park where he scored his first touchdown while with Green Bay in 2006.
“Ruvell Martin did a nice job stepping in for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He made some big plays for us and that was a good response, a good performance by him.”
But despite a career day, Martin was hardly in a celebratory mood given the outcome of the game and the broken leg suffered by fellow receiver Deon Butler.
“It feels good to contribute and help the team, but it’s bittersweet, because you’re disappointed that you didn’t win,” Martin said. “How can you go home and celebrate and be happy when you lose? The ultimate goal is to win in this league, so I’d definitely say it’s bittersweet.”
Leon finishes this time
A week ago, Leon Washington celebrated prematurely on a punt return thinking he had a touchdown, which allowed Carolina’s punter to trip him up at the 2-yard line. Following the game he vowed to not let it happen again, and in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers, Washington made good on that promise, returning a kickoff 92 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. It was Washington’s third kick return touchdown of the season, but came too late to make a difference in the outcome of the game.
Slip sliding away
Among Seattle’s many problems Sunday was a lack of traction. Players were slipping on the grass surface at Candlestick Park, which according to Carroll contributed to some of the missed tackles early in the game. Washington also slipped on his first kick return when it appeared he was headed for a big return.
“We were slipping and sliding all day,” Carroll said. “It was a mess.”
Seahawks players said the field was the least of their problems, however.
“We lost the game,” safety Lawyer Milloy said. “They played on the same field.”
Herald Writer John Boyle: jboyle@heraldnet.com. For more Seahawks coverage, check out the Seahawks blog at heraldnet.com/seahawksblog
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