Seahawks’ Irvin: ‘I’m going to pray’ for Packers’ rookie center

RENTON — Seattle Seahawks pass-rush linebacker Bruce Irvin practiced for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, his first days back since offseason hip surgery.

He said Tuesday he tore the labrum in his hip early last season and played 12 games with the injury.

The Packers are starting rookie Corey Lindsey at center Thursday as the replacement for injured starter JC Tretter. Irvin thinks the former Ohio State Buckeye is going to have a time of it with Seattle’s No. 92 in the middle.

“Oh, man! If I’m a rookie center and I’ve got Brandon Mebane over me? I’m going to pray for him,” Irvin said with a big grin. “It’s going to be a long night, man.

“We got to just take advantage of it, you know. All the weaknesses that he shows we’ve got to expose it. Hopefully, ‘Bane’ gonna do what I know he’s going to do to him. We’ve just got to be ready.”

The last time quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers played in Seattle, two seasons ago, the Seahawks got eight sacks – in the first half.

Who will return punts?

Wide receiver Bryan Walters said “I had no idea what was going to happen” after the Seahawks cut him Saturday, and that the team gave him no indication he’d be back so soon.

Monday, Seattle re-signed him to the active roster, presumably as another option with All-Pro safety Earl Thomas as the punt returner.

“It was crazy,” Walters said, adding about his role now: “I still don’t know. I’ll do whatever the coaches ask of me.”

Thomas said Tuesday: “This is on the big stage. (But) I’m treating this game like Pop Warner. I get to play punt return and free safety.”

So we’ll see who actually returns Green Bay’s punts.

Bates clears waivers

The man whom Seattle cut to make room for Walters, wide receiver Phil Bates, cleared waivers as expected. The Seahawks could add him to their practice squad.

Extra points

Tuesday’s practice report had the same Seahawks with the same designations as Monday: tight end Cooper Helfet (knee), running back Christine Michael (hamstring), and guard (listed as a guard, not a center) Lemuel Jeanpierre (neck), rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring), cornerback Tharold Simon (knee). The Seahawks limited in practice: Irvin, nickel back Jeremy Lane (groin) and rookie wide receiver Kevin Norwood (ankle). … The Packers did not practice Tuesday. Coach Mike McCarthy is changing his ways this season and having a day off from the field two days before every game. The Pack instead will practice Wednesday. … Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson attributed his completion rate of 79 percent with three touchdowns and no interceptions in four exhibition games to “getting so quick on my reads. I’m reading the coverage so quickly … I’ve really grown a lot.”

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