The Seahawks wrapped up their final practice before flying to Minnesota for Saturday’s game. And with it being the third preseason game, expect to see more from the starters than you have in the past two games.
Pete Carroll said the starters are preparing to play into the second half, including QB Matt Hasselbeck. Don’t be shocked, however, if Hasselbeck comes out a bit earlier should he take a few hits early in the game. With Russell Okung sidelined (backup Ray Willis was already hurt) Mansfield Wrotto will be the starting left tackle. Now by all accounts Wrotto is a good guy and he works hard, but he is also a converted guard who has started all of five games in the NFL; not exactly most people’s first choice to be protecting the blindside of a quarterback coming off back-to-back injury plagued seasons.
“Matt’s going to play into the second half,” Carroll said. “That’s what the plan is. That’s what we have to do this week. Everybody is getting ready to play three quarters of football.”
Playing left guard next to Wrotto will be Mike Gibson, who the Seahawks signed off the Eagles’ practice squad last season. Gibson was working with the first-team offense early this week, then Ben Hamilton was sidelined with a knee injury, insuring that Gibson will start. Hamilton’s injury didn’t sound serious, but he will not play this weekend.
Also sitting out will be LB David Hawthorne, who has a hip injury that has kept him out of practice this week. The Seahawks will, however, get Lofa Tatupu back after missing him for the first two games because of a hamstring injury.
TE Cameron Morrah, who missed two days of practice with the flu, was back today and should play Saturday.