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The Seahawks are moving up in the Week 3 NFL Power Rankings.
It would appear from Danny Gorrer's twitter that he has been signed by the Seattle Seahawks. Either that, or he is taking an odd detour on his sightseeing trip of Seattle as he tweeted a photo of the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, Washington.
The Ravens cut the third year cornerback on Labor Day to make room on the roster after signing veteran safety James Ihedigbo. The Seahawks are Gorrer's third NFL team in three seasons. He was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the New Orleans Saints and claimed off of waivers by the Rams. He started one game and recorded five tackles before getting cut.
The Saints reclaimed Gorrer during the 2010 offseason only to cut him months later. He signed with the Ravens practiced squad and eventually worked his way onto the active roster, where he played 11 games and racked up five tackles in his limited time on the field.
It is unclear what the terms of his agreement with the Seahawks are.
Miller was listed as questionable, but ended up starting the game anyway. He finished with just one reception for seven yards, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in a press conference on Monday he expects Miller to be slightly limited in practice this week.
"Zach limped his way through this game some," Carroll said. "He was not full speed, but he made it through and toughed it out. He needs these days. He's got a sore foot, but he needs these days to get over this."
The Seahawks players will receive an extra day off this week as their Week 3 contest against the Green Bay Packers is next Monday.
Left tackle Ruseell Okung is still battling a knee issue that caused him to miss the Week 2 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the Seahawks' home opener, according to the Seattle Times' Seattle Seahawks beat writer Danny O'Neil. The report goes on to state that he could be back as soon as Week 3 to face the Green Bay Packers at Century Link Field.
Head coach Pete Carroll sounded optimistic about Okung's status. When asked if he thought the former Oklahoma State All-American would be ready for the Week 3 game he replied, "I think so. I think he should be. It was close enough that he should be able to make it particularly with a couple of days here where we can rest him."
Frank Omiyale started in Okung's place against the Cowboys. In Okung's absence, the running game was still effective for Seattle. Running back Marshawn Lynch had a strong output of 122 yards on 26 carries and amassed a 4.7-yard average while scoring one touchdown on the ground en route to the team's 27-7 win.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Bryon Maxwell has a "first-degree hamstring injury" that he suffered in a 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, head coach Pete Carroll said in a press conference on Monday.
Maxwell is a backup cornerback and a special teams standout who missed the season opener with a shoulder injury. Just 24 hours after the injury, the team is still in the dark about how severe the hamstring injury may be.
"We have to wait and see how it works out," Carroll said. "It might not be that serious, but we don't know."
Maxwell has mainly played on special teams this year. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Clemson. Hamstring injuries can be tricky to come back from, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Maxwell miss the Seahawks' Week 3 game against the Packers next Monday.
Head coach Pete Carroll said at a press conference Monday he is monitoring their playing time and that the replacement wasn't an indication of being pulled for mental mistakes, errors or much of an injury.
"John did fine," Carroll said. "He got banged up a little bit so J.R. jumped in there, and J.R. got some good play at the end like we had hoped. So we just keep making progress and go. We'll decide that during the week how it's going. But the competition is definitely on there, and John did all right. J.R. played pretty well, too. Neither one of them had really any glaring mistakes that would hurt their cause. Both could play better, but they did a nice job."
At the end of the day, the two players spent a pretty similar amount of time on the field. Moffitt played for 38 snaps while Sweezy was present for 30. Although the situation could change later in the season depending on quality of play, it appears that Moffitt will remain the starter, at least for Week 3.
No doubt you saw it, live or on highlight shows: Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate absolutely de-cleating Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee during a Russell Wilson run on Sunday, in the Seahawks 27-7 win.
Tate led with the helmet into Lee's chin and sent him sprawling into next week. It was big a blow-up, in football terms, as any ever seen.
Well, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones feels Tate will get fined for the hit, even though it was not flagged for a penalty during the game. Jones had this to say:
"That's certainly something we know or expect penalties and fines about. They didn't see the helmet hit or they would have called it."
Tate celebrated his big wallop; Lee was able to return to the game and dismissed it. Losing money is never a good thing in the non-guaranteed contract world of the NFL, but Tate will probably accept any fine he faces with a smile and a feeling that it was worth it just to lay out an opposing linebacker who is bigger.
Seatle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate seemed to have a quiet game, particularly if you were owning his fantasy stock. Tate caught three passes for 38 yards in a 27-7 victory for the Seahawks over the Dallas Cowboys. Although he was the second most popular target on the day for quarterback Russell Wilson (Anthony McCoy managed to pile up five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown), Tate's contributions might go unnoticed if you weren't paying close attention.
However, Tate did indeed make some significant contributions in the win. Danny Kelly at Field Gulls discusses the impact that Tate made during the Week 2 victory, breaking it down Xs and Os style.
Tate's three catches were all big plays for the Seahawks -- his first was a 20-yard catch midway through the 2nd quarter that was the Seahawks' first explosive play of the game. It came on a brilliantly executed play-action fake on first down that surprised Dallas, who were expecting a run while lining up against Seattle's '21' personnel with fairly tight splits.
Kelly went on to break down Tate's impact through gamefilm review. Check it out.
Indeed, Tate's presence on the field seemed to make Seattle's offense hum a lot better, as the Seahawks were able to utilize play action a lot better and run the football more effectively with Tate playing.
Ultimately, given Seattle's focus on running the ball and utilizing the short passing game, winning time of possession with Russell Wilson at the helm is an achievable goal.
Danny Kelly at Field Gulls, the SB Nation Seahawks blog, focused on the power of the running game with "Beast Mode," Marshawn Lynch, and the limiting of Russell Wilson to 20 pass attempts.
On the flip side, KD Drummond of Blogging the Boys was succint with his assessment of the Cowboys' long trip to the Northwest to get crushed.
Thoughts that we just aren't any better than the .500 team that ended last season? Now, plausible. The Cowboys took a trip to the Pacific Northwest and got their rears kicked, 27-7.
It's a tough crowd down in the Big D.
The Seattle Seahawks' injury report from Week 2 might only be made up of one player.
Special teams turnovers set the tone of the game between the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys. Seattle managed a 10-0 lead in the first five minutes of play and wouldn't relinquish it throughout, finishing with a 27-7 win.
Dallas cleaned up its act after three first quarter turnovers (kickoff fumble, blocked punt and a Tony Romo interception), but dropped passes and a lethargic running game kept them from ever mounting a comeback. Romo was forced to throw a total of 40 passes on the day, while DeMarco Murray only managed 44 rushing yards off of 12 carries.
Russell Wilson was effective in his second career start for the Seahawks, though he didn't put up big numbers. He passed for 151 yards and one touchdown. Coming into this game, everyone knew Marshawn Lynch would need to play big for Seattle to walk away with a 1-1 record, and he came through. Lynch carried the ball 26 times for 122 yards and one touchdown.
Next week, the Seahawks will get the spotlight with a Monday Night Football showdown against the Green Bay Packers, while the Cowboys will try and get back in the win column against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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The Seattle Seahawks took a 10-0 lead over the Dallas Cowboys thanks to a slew of early special teams blunders. The game slowed down quickly after that, with both sides exchanging punts back and forth without much action in between. Tony Romo and the Cowboys managed to out-gain the Seahawks while out there most of the time, but haven't been able to finish out drives.
At the start of the third quarter, both teams picked up where they left off: exchanging punts and not getting very far. That is until there was about five minutes to go in the quarter, when Marshawn Lynch broke a 36-yard run on a second and seven, taking the ball into Dallas territory. Two plays later, Russell Wilson hit Anthony McCoy for a 22-yard touchdown to make it 20-7.
Dallas took back over and drove a little, but penalties set them back, and they were forced to punt near the end of the half. Seattle took over at their own 12-yard line and a five-yard rush from Marshawn Lynch brought the quarter to an end.
The Seattle Seahawks held a 10-0 lead to open the second quarter thanks to some costly Dallas turnovers (three in the first half, two on special teams and one Tony Romo interception), but the Dallas Cowboys started the second quarter with good field position, and Romo finally got the Cowboys on the board before halftime. After Jason Witten dropped a wide open pass, Romo hit wide receiver Miles Austin for a 22-yard touchdown strike.
It was only a matter of time, given that Dallas was out-gaining the Seahawks left and right in the first quarter, converting all but one of their third downs. Despite the fact that they trailed, 10-7, after the extra point, Dallas was looking better than the Seahwaks. They converted four third downs of six or more yards on that touchdown drive.
Both teams exchanged a few poor drives and some punting ensued, but Seattle found themselves back in the red zone with about five minutes to go in the half. On a third-and-three, Russell Wilson found tight end Zach Miller for a first down and a new set of downs at the Dallas 12-yard line. Marshawn Lynch lost a couple yards and then the Seahawks were called for a false start, setting up second-and-17. Wilson then hit Sidney Rice for nine yards, bringing up a 3rd and 8.
Seattle made things worse on themselves though, drawing a delay of game penalty and bringing up a third down with 13 yards to go. Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for eight yards on the play but it wasn't enough for the first. After the two minute warning, they were forced to kick a field goal, which made it 13-7.
Dallas took over in the final two minutes, but they were eventually forced to punt. Seattle tried to run out the clock, but Dallas used all their timeouts, and then in typical Dallas fashion, muffed the punt and almost turned it over. The game went to the half at that point.
The Seattle Seahawks got things started against the Dallas Cowboys as well as they could have hoped. It wasn't Russell Wilson or Marshawn Lynch that jump-started them to a 10-0 lead, though, it was the special teams. Seattle kicked off to start the game, but the Cowboys fumbled the ball and Earl Thomas got the recovery at the Dallas 29-yard line. They turned that possession into three points after stalling at the 3-yard line.
Then, they managed to block a punt after forcing a three-and-out on Dallas's first possession. The blocked punt was recovered and taken in for a touchdown by Jeron Johnson. That gave Seattle a 10-0 lead with around 10 minutes to go in the first.
But Dallas started to come back, and Tony Romo led them down the field and into Seattle territory. Then, he did what he often does, and forced a pass into coverage, where Brandon Browner had an interception for Seattle. The Seahawks took over at the Dallas 46 off of the interception. A false start stalled that drive though, and Seattle was forced to punt with around five minutes remaining in the quarter.
Dallas managed to get a drive going, but Romo managed to fumble a snap with 50 seconds left. He recovered the fumble, but it was a worrying sign for Dallas, given their history. The quarter came to an end with Romo converting a third down with a 17-yard pass, but Seattle still out in front 10-0.
The Seattle Seahawks face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Seattle with a banged up receiving group.
There is a full slate of games for Week 2 of the 2012 NFL schedule. While the hometown Seahawks will draw all of the attention late, there are a couple of other games worth watching on CBS, FOX and NBC. Here is the local TV schedule for the Seattle area.
CBS Early Game: The Ravens and Eagles will meet at 10 a.m. PT on CBS in what should be a terrific AFC-NFC clash. Baltimore crushed the Bengals in their regular season opener, while Philadelphia just barely pulled out a win over the Browns. The game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf will call the action from the booth.
FOX Late Game: The Seahawks and Cowboys will battle at 1 p.m. on FOX. Russell Wilson will look to pick up the first win of his NFL career after dropping a heartbreaker last week, while Dallas will look to improve their record to 2-0. Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston will call the game, while Tony Siragusa will report from the sidelines.
Sunday Night Football: The 49ers and Lions will battle in San Francisco for SNF this week on NBC. Kickoff is set for 5:20 p.m. PT. Both teams picked up victories last week and we should expect plenty of points to be scored in this one. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will serve as the announcers.
Offensive tackle Russell Okung is a game-time decision. He practiced in full on Friday after being limited throughout the week. Okung suffered a bruised knee at the tail end of Seattle's loss to Arizona.
Seahawks tight end Zach Miller will also have to wait until Sunday to know if he's ready to go or not. He's missed the last two practices with foot issues.
For the Cowboys, center Phil Costa, nose tackle Jay Ratliff, and safety Matt Johnson will be all out of action. Click here to view the full injury list on both sides.
You know what's overrated? Calling the Cowboys underrated.
The Seahawks, led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, went undefeated during the preseason and received a lot of hype heading into their season opener. ESPN ranked the Seahawks as the league's 20th-best team prior to Week 1, but dropped them to No. 26 this week after starting the year 0-1.
The Seahawks' drop of six spots was the biggest among all NFL teams in ESPN's power rankings.
Seattle took a similar drop in Sports Illustrated's power rankings, falling from No. 12 to No. 18.
"Alas, my early faith in the Seahawks did not go rewarded last week," Sports Illustrated's Don Banks wrote. "Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson wasn't Brandon Weeden-Ryan Tannehill bad by any stretch of the imagination, but he didn't spark the offense like he did in the preseason either. This week's home opener against Dallas offers a vital do-over opportunity for Seattle. A win and Pete Carroll's team will be right back in the discussion in the NFC West. An ugly loss and get ready for the Matt Flynn-to-the-rescue chatter."
The Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Sept. 16 in a Week 2 matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET/1:05 p.m. PT.
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O'Neil reports that head coach Pete Carroll broke the news about Rice returning to practice during a radio interview with 97.3 KIRO FM earlier on Friday. Rice sat out of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday with a sore knee, causing some concern about his status for Seattle's matchup with the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. Hopefully this will quell those worries about him playing this weekend.
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Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung returned to practice for the first time Thursday, albeit as a limited participant, after bruising his left knee against the Arizona Cardinals, according to the official injury report released by the team.
"Okung got his first work of the week after bruising his left knee on the final drive of Sunday's opener against the Cardinals, but it was limited to individual drills and Frank Omiyale continued to work at left tackle."
Okung's status for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys remains in question, but according to a report in Sports Illustrated, coach Pete Carroll expects Okung to play despite being a limited participant in most practices this week.
If Okung can't play, though, Omiyale will start at left tackle. This is significant because Omiyale will be charged with protecting the blind side of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and blocking All-Pro defensive end Demarcus Ware.
Miller took part in practice on Wednesday on a limited basis, though missing practice on Thursday could signal his injury getting worse or the team is just giving him rest.
Recently signed tight end Evan Moore got a lot more reps with the No. 1 offense with Miller out, and could see increased action this Sunday. Moore played just one snap last week so any extra snaps in practice will be to his benefit.
Fellow tight end Anthony McCoy should factor to be a big part of the offensive game plan this weekend as well.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice missed his second straight practice Thursday while continuing to deal with a knee issue, according to the official injury report released by the team.
Rice's continued absence from practice brings into doubt whether or not he'll be able to suit up for the Seahawks on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Missing practice Thursday is generally not a good sign, although it is not uncommon for players to miss a Thursday practice and still play Sunday. Coach Pete Carroll was optimistic about Rice's status for Sunday.
In the Seahawks first game of the season, a 20-16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Rice caught four passes for 36 yards and was the recipient of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson's only touchdown throw.
Ware was limited in practice on Thursday as he deals with some hamstring tightness. This was the second day in a row that he has been dealing with this issue, though is being pragmatic about his progress and giving it the proper time to heal.
"I have never had this before," Ware said. "I don't get frustrated at all (about it). You've got to let it heal and get your treatment and let it go away on it's own."
Ware suffered the injury towards the end of training camp, causing him to miss the last two preseason games. It didn't affect him in week one, picking up two sacks and five tackles against the New York Giants.
Here is the remaining injury report for Dallas on Thursday:
Did not practice:
WR Miles Austin (hamstring), WR Andre Holmes (knee), CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder), RB Felix Jones (ribs), S Danny McCray (neck), RB DeMarco Murray (wrist), LB Kyle Wilber (thumb), TE Jason Witten (abdomen), S Gerald Sensabaugh (concussion).
The Seahawks enter Sunday's matchup looking to rebound from a 20-16 Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle struggled to gain any traction on offense against Arizona. Wilson completed 18 of his 34 attempts and picked up 153 yards while throwing one touchdown and one interception. The Seahawks didn't have much better luck on the ground, as Marshawn Lynch recorded 85 rushing yards.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, are coming off a Week 1 victory over the New York Giants, 24-17. Quarterback Tony Romo was impressive, throwing for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Running back DeMarco Murray was no slouch either, picking up 131 yards on the ground.
Kickoff for the Seahawks vs. the Cowboys is set for Sunday, Sept. 16 at 4:05 p.m. ET in Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
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NFL experts weigh in on the Seahawks matchup with the Cowboys this Sunday at CenturyLink Field. For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls.
The Seahawks added linebacker Allen Bradford and offensive lineman Michael Person to the practice squad while they released linebacker Korey Toomer and offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson. Bradford was with Seattle during training camp and was released during the team's final roster cuts. Bradford was added to the practice squad following final cuts, but was released prior to the Seahawks' Week 1 game.
Person spent training camp with the San Francisco 49ers before being released. Person, who was a seventh-round pick in 2011, was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts on waivers but was later released. He spent last season with the 49ers, bud did not appear in any games.
The Seahawks selected Toomer in the fifth round, but he was released during the final round of cuts. Johnson initially signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent and was also released during the final round of cuts.
The Dallas Cowboys opened as five-point favorites against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2's bout, but the line has shrunk to a three-point advantage in favor of Jason Garrett's squad, according to OddsShark.com. The over/under for Sunday's matchup in Seattle set at 42 points.
The comfy confines of Seattle's CenturyLink Field probably make the odds closer than the two team's young resumes would allude toward.
The Seahawks are coming off a slim defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, who needed a few dropped catches and a goal line stand to beat Seattle 20-16. Meanwhile, Dallas rolls in off a season opener that couldn't have gone much better. The Cowboys beat the Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-17 by frustrating quarterback Eli Manning.
A vast 69 percent of the votes cast on OddsShark give Dallas the nod to cover the spread.
The knee, which has been a concern since Rice's rookie year in Minnesota, isn't known to be a significant ailment. The 6'4 former South Carolina Gamecock had a strong performance in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals, totaling four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Rice will be an important component to the development of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, giving him a big, veteran target downfield. He's battled through a litany of injuries recently, including shoulder surgeries and multiple concussions. He was given a clean bill of health heading into Week 1 and did not appear to suffer any injury during the game against the Cardinals.
Receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin are expected to fully participate in the Seattle Seahawks practice on Wednesday after returning from injuries, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters at a press conference. Tate missed Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals with a knee injury, while Baldwin underwent dental surgery to repair front teeth that were broken as he dove for a potential touchdown catch at the end of the game.
"His smile looks remarkable," Carroll told the media. "A couple of days ago he looked like a sawtooth guy."
Seattle could use the help. Charly Martin will be out Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys with a bruised lung and veteran Braylon Edwards found himself opposite of Sidney Rice in the starting lineup against the Cardinals.
In place of Tate, Edwards let the receiving group with five catches for 43 yards in Week 1. Baldwin had two catches for just five yards against the Cardinals.
Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung won't practice Wednesday, but head coach Pete Carroll is hopeful Okung could play on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. If Okung isn't recovered enough from a bruised knee suffered against Arizona in Week 1, veteran Frank Omiyale will take his place, Carroll told the Seahawks' blog.
"Frank is an equipped player," said Carroll. "He's started on both sides [of the line]. We won't change much there if he goes instead of Russell [Okung]."
The possibility of Okung missing Sunday's game could still be detrimental for the sake of bodies more than anything. The Cardinals' defensive front seven pressured quarterback Russell Wilson fairly well last week, and the Seahawks face a more impressive opponent in Dallas, who won in tidy fashion against the New York Giants.
The Seattle Seahawks will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Cardinals when they host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 of the 2012 NFL schedule. The Seahawks and Cowboys kick off at 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday as Seattle opens up their home slate. Dallas picked up a big win in Week 1, as they defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants.
The NFC West will be facing some tough tests on Sunday. The Cardinals travel to Foxboro, Mass. to take on the New England Patriots in the dreaded 10 a.m. PT time slot. The 49ers host the Detroit Lions in the primetime game at 5:20 p.m. PT, while the Washington Redskins visit the Rams at 1:05 p.m. PT.
Other notable matchups include the Bears taking on the Packers on Thursday at 5:20 p.m. PT, the Ravens heading to Philadelphia to meet the Eagles at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, and the Denver Broncos at the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night at 5:30 p.m. PT.
For a complete list of games and times, head to S.I.'s NFL schedule page.
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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch might have been held out of the end zone in the team's 20-16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but a full week of practice and a Week 2 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys should give fantasy owners hope.
Lynch battled back spasms last week and was listed as questionable heading into Week 1, but he was able to start and managed to rack up 85 yards on 21 carries against a Cardinals run defense that had stymied him and kept him out of the end zone in each of their last two meetings last year.
Fantasy owners should consider Lynch a high-end option at RB1 in Week 2, as he's had a fair amount of success against the Cowboys rush defense in the past, rushing for 201 yards and a touchdown against them last season. He also added three catches for 40 yards, which would bee a nice bonus in PPR leagues.
The Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, but oddsmakers still think Seattle is an underdog at CenturyLink Field. Bettors have moved the line in favor of the Seahawks' chances: since opening as five-point underdogs, most sites show Seattle as a three-point 'dog as of Tuesday afternoon.
The Cowboys are 4-2 straight up and 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against the Seahawks. Dallas beating the Giants on the road 24-17 last Thursday behind a 307-yard, three score game from Tony Romo might have led oddsmakers to give them some extra credit on the opening line, especially since Russell Wilson and company wasn't particularly impressive against the Cardinals.
The over-under currently is at 42. In Seattle's last seven games at home, the total has gone over in six.
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, who sat out his team's 20-16 Week One loss Sunday at Arizona, could return to practice on Wednesday. The third-year Notre Dame product left Seattle's preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders Aug. 30 with a sprained knee sustained while returning a punt and has not participated in practices since.
Tate returning is welcome news for the Seahawks, who lost some receiver depth when Charly Martin suffered a bruised lung laying out for a pass on Seattle's next-to-last play of the game in Phoenix. The Seahawks also expect Doug Baldwin, who took Tate's starting slot receiver position during the offseason, to be available this Sunday after he lost some teeth attempting a diving catch late in the fourth quarter against the Cardinals.
Tate, a second-round pick in 2010, had 382 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin should be back in the lineup Sunday as the Seattle Seahawks play their home opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Baldwin missed making a diving catch on a Russell Wilson pass on the Seahawks' final drive in their 20-16 loss to the Cardinals Sunday; he landed on top of the ball and had the wind and some teeth knocked out of him, according to the Seahawks official blog:
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin will have dental work done on Tuesday after he "got his teeth knocked in," as Carroll put it, on that fateful final drive while trying to make a lunging catch in the end zone.
"It was (a) mess," Carroll said. "But he’ll be OK, I think, this week."
Baldwin made two catches for five yards in Sunday's game.
Martin laid out in the end zone on Seattle's second-to-last play of the game and landed hard on his chest. Because of the location of the injury, Martin was not able to return to Seattle with the team and remains under watch in Arizona.
"It was pretty serious," Carroll said of the injury. "He'll be there until at least (Tuesday) if not the next day. We're going to have to take care of Charly and bring him back. It's going to be a couple of weeks for him."
The third-year receiver had one catch for 15 yards in the contest. He was targeted just two times.
The 6'5, 310-pound lineman from Oklahoma State has a big responsibility in protecting rookie quarterback Russell Wilson's blind side, and is a key component of the team's continuity on offense. The diagnosis of only a bone bruise is good news for Okung, as it means that he will likely be able to play as his pain tolerance dictates.
The Seahawks will face the Cowboys at 1:05 p.m. at Century Link Field on Sunday.
The Seahawks lost a tough one. But Field Gulls expects games like these moving forward. Not so much the losing part, but the gritty, defensive-minded matchup. Field Gulls sees the NFC West turning into a division where everybody beats up on everybody instead of one or two teams beating up on the others.
The 49ers sport arguably the best defense in the NFL. The Rams have an up-and-coming defensive unit, proven by them stifling an explosive Lions' offense on Sunday. And the Seahawks saw first-hand how good the Cardinals' defensive unit can be.
So moving forward, Field Gulls sees a need for improvement in a few offensive areas in order for the Seahawks to continue to play against these formidable defensive units.
First and foremost, the offensive line needs to improve its protection of quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson is already rookie but he's a short one at that. Standing 5-foot-11, Wilson needs lanes to see downfield, a la Drew Brees. Wilson needs that same type of protection and the Seahawks were unable to do that in allowing three sacks, seven quarterback hits and three tackles for a loss.
Russell Wilson will need to improve in his own right down the road but it starts with his protection. Wilson looked like a rookie in his first NFL regular season start. Field Gulls can forgive him for that. But he still needs to improve.
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La Canfora is reporting that Okung's ailment is merely a bone bruise with no ligament damage, which should be music to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's ears. While injuries of this nature can be quite painful, it appears likely that Okung will be ready to protect to rookie signal caller's blindside from DeMarcus Ware next weekend against the Dallas Cowboys at home.
Okung went down on Seattle's final drive of the game against Arizona and didn't return after limping off the field.
Frank Omiyale is expected to start for the Seahawks if Okung is somehow unable to go, as the eight-year journeyman is listed as the primary backup for both tackle positions.
For more Okung injury updates and continued coverage of Seahawks football, head on over to Field Gulls.