Below are a few updates from practice today and a few articles for your reading pleasure. Some good and bad news.
DE Chris Clemons reached the 10 sack mark today due to a scoring change from the 49ers game. Mike Sando wrote in his article that bests describes Clemons achievements this season, had this quote, “Clemons now has 10 sacks in 13 games with Seattle. He becomes the first Seahawks player since Patrcick Kerney in 2007 to have at least 10 in a season. Kerney had 14.5.” Clemons is also tied for 5th most sacks in the league.
The only thing that the Falcons are worried about playing the Seahawks this Sunday is the Special Teams. Falcons’ Coach Mike Smith had this to say, “I think the most impressive thing that stands out to me is the play of your special teams,” Smith said. “Leon Washington is someone that we’ve have got to make sure that we account for, not only on kickoffs. … He also has done a great job, I think over 18 yards on punt returns. They block field goals. They block punts. I think their special teams is something that they are playing at an elite level right now.”
Coach Pete Carroll called playing the Falcons this Sunday, a tremendous challenge.
The playoff scenarios this year for the NFC West are really bad. Either an 8-8 or a 7-9 team will win the division this year and host a home playoff game. If a 7-9 team wins the division and hosts a playoff game, the NFL may have to revisit how teams play in the playoffs.
Today had at least a few faces back. WR Mike Williams and WR Ben Obamanu are back and practicing in full today. Obamanu has a protective cast on his hand to protect from further injury when catching the ball. Offensive guard Chester Pitts will practice today, but may not be ready to play on Sunday.
Players who did not practice were: Corner-back Walter Thurmond, corner-back Roy Lewis (knee), and WR Brandon Stokley (The hope is that Stokley will be ready to go on Thursday.)
That’s it for the news today. It’s been pretty slow lately. Hopefully we will have some articles to post soon.