SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Running back Michael Robinson #26 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes during the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 31-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seahawks Vs. Steelers: Pittsburgh Easily Defeats Seattle 24-0

The Seahawks might be without several key players for this week's matchup with the Steelers.

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Raheem Brock Says He Was Fined For Hit On Ben Roethlisberger

Raheem Brock was fined by the NFL for a low hit on Ben Roethlisberger during Sunday's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. Brock caught Roethlisberger below the legs just after the Steelers quarterback released the ball, leaving him crumpled on the ground in pain. Though Roethlisberger returned after sitting a few plays out, and avoided serious injury, Brock fell victim to the "Brady Rule," and was punished as a result.

But the punishment wasn't fair, nor was it right. As we explained earlier, the hit was incidental, and far from malicious. In fact, Brock's hit wasn't intentional at all. As he put a spin move on the Steelers' right tackle, Brock was tripped, and sent toppling over into Roethlisberger's legs.

Here's what Brock had to say when announcing his own suspension.

Fined by the NFL today for being "TRIPPED" by an o'lineman and fallin into the QB's legs! Smh if I only had super powers to stop mid air

We examined the play earlier, and this photo shows what happened right before Brock hit Roethlisberger.


Read the rest of our case against Brock being fined, which is moot now, here.

For now, that's it for Brock. Hopefully, though, he'll be able to appeal the fine, with this photo and the video of the incident serving as evidence. Protecting the quarterback is obviously a priority in the NFL, but this is simply going too far, and it's not right for Brock to be punished for something he simply couldn't avoid.

For more on Seahawks football, check out Field Gulls.


Seahawks Release Owen Spencer, Add Brent Osborne To Practice Squad

The Seattle Seahawks have released wide receiver Owen Spencer from the practice squad and added offensive lineman Brent Osborne, according to the Tacoma News Tribune's Eric Williams. Both players involved are rookies trying to find their way in the NFL this season.

Spencer played for North Carolina State during his college career and built up a reputation as a deep-threat receiver. He set an ACC record with 22.3 yards per catch during his sophomore season in 2008, only to break that record one year later as a junior with 25.5 yards per catch. Spencer pieced together a monster senior year in 2010 that saw him record 1,529 yards (best in the ACC that year) and 11 touchdowns (second-best in the conference).  For now, though, he has been replaced on the Seahawks practice squad and will have to find a new team elsewhere.

Osborne is an Ivy League man from Harvard who played three solid years as a member of the Crimson after seeing no playing time at all as a freshman. He played in 25 games during the three-year span and started 19 of them while earning second team All-Ivy honors in his junior and senior season.

The Seahawks will try to shape Osborne into a formidable player and contributor over the coming season as the Harvard man attempts to make his transition into the NFL. 


Robert Gallery Injury: Groin Requires Surgery, Out Four To Six Weeks

The Seattle Seahawks are looking at a long season ahead, and now injuries are beginning to pile up. Left guard Robert Gallery, who has been playing hurt for a few games and didn't look too good against the Pittsburgh Steelers, has suffered an unknown groin injury that will sideline him until at least the middle of the season. Gallery will have to undergo surgery that'll keep him out four to six weeks, reports Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR Radio. Crabtree also tweets that head coach Pete Carroll announced that James Carpenter will remain the Seahawks right tackle and that Paul McQuistan will take Gallery's place.

The Seahawks offensive line has been under siege in the first two games of the regular season, averaging a meager 2.7 rushing yards per carry and giving up already ten sacks on the season. Losing Gallery will make their task all the more stiffer, as Seattle isn't a particularly deep team with solid offensive line parts.

Also, if you want some nightmare fuel, do a Google image search of "Paul McQuistan." Slightly terrifying to face up against a man like that.

For more on Seahawks football, check out Field Gulls.


Seahawks Lose to Steelers: Some Unsurprising Storylines

Here are things we learned from the Seahawks loss in Pittsburgh. They probably won't shock you.


Seahawks Vs Steelers: What Went Wrong

Reflecting on some of the issues the Seahawks offense had in Pittsburgh.


Steelers Blank Seahawks 24-0

The Pittsburgh Steelers bounced back from their Week One thrashing at the hands of the Ravens by thoroughly dominating the listless Seahawks in Week Two. The Steelers cruised, quite easily, to a 24-0 win over the Seahawks, who never got anything going on either side of the football. 

Here are some key statistics:

The Steelers made 23 first downs. The Seahawks managed just 8. The Seahawks went 2 for 12 on third down. The Steelers made 8 of 15 3rd down attempts. The Steelers amassed 421 yards on offense, and the Seahawks managed a meager 164.

The Hawks, down for the entirety of the game, rushed for only 31 yards. They were penalized for more than twice that amount - 6 penalties for 66 yards lost. The offense looked completely lost the entire game and the defense suffered from being on the field for much too long. The Steelers dominated the time of possession, 38:44- 21:16. 

None of this is super surprising but despite initially low expectations, the Seahawks level of ineptness is disconcerting. They'll look to bounce back next week when they host Arizona.

Make sure to check out more Seahawks action at Field Gulls. 


Seahawks vs. Steelers: Roethlisberger Makes it 24-0 Pittsburgh After Third Quarter

It's been quite a forgetable afternoon for the Seattle Seahawks so far out in the Steel City, finding themselves on the wrong side of a 24-0 beating at the hands of Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers this afternoon. 

Seattle has a total of 137 yards for the day compared to Pittsburgh's 387, as well as only seven first downs compared to 21 for the Steelers thus far. Roethlisberger is 22/29 for 279 yards so far including a two yard pass to Mike Wallace for his first passing TD of the game in the third quarter, while Tavaris Jackson is 16/24 for 122 yards and no scores. 

Jackson even leads the team in rushing yards after three periods with a total of 12 yards, one more than Marshawn Lynch and three more than Justin Forsett. Needless to say both sides of the Steelers came to play today. 

For more on the Seahawks head over to Field Gulls. 


Seahawks vs. Steelers, First Half Recap: Pittsburgh Pushes Lead to 17-0

The Seattle Seahawks haven't been able to get anything going thus far against the Pittsburgh Steelers thus far, falling behind by the score of 17-0 after the first half out at Heinz Field, even as Ben Rothlisberger lef the game with an injury. 

Ben went down towards the end of the first half, but didn't miss much action after returning a few plays later. Rashard Mendenhall got the Steelers on the board in the first quarter after capping off a nine play drive with a one run touchdown run. Issac Redman broke open a 20 yard run a few minutes into the second quarter, finishing off a 6 play, 53 yard drive to push their lead to two touchdowns. Then, with less than two minutes to play in the second quarter, Shaun Shisham hit a twenty yard field goal to make it a 17-0 lead heading into the half. 

Tavaris Jackson is 8/11 for 56 yards thus far for Seattle. 


Seahawks vs. Steelers: Pittsburgh Jumps out to 7-0 Lead After First Quarter

The Seattle Seahawks didn’t exactly start the game out the way they would have like against the Pittsburgh Steelers so far, finding themselves two touchdowns behind after some sustained drives from the Steelers offense.

Pittsburgh got on the board with a nine yard drive to start out the game, finishing with a Rashard Mendenhall one yard run to make it 7-0. The Cards couldn’t get anything going on offense to speak of, ending all of their first quarter drives with punts.

Arizona’s defense was having some trouble stopping Big Ben and the rest of the Pittsburgh offense, dominating the time of possession and total yards in the first period. The Cardinals are going to have to make some adjustments soon or it’s going to be a very long day for Ken Wisenhunt’s squad.

For discussion and analysison the Cardinals, head on over to Revenge of the Birds to get in on the action.


Seahawks vs. Steelers Injury Report: Sidney Rice, Michael Robinson Out For Seattle

After a tough luck loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week the Seattle Seahawks find themselves in an even bigger predicament against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, who are looking to bounce back from the drubbing they received from the Ravens

Seattle will be without a number of their playmakers this afternoon, most notably wide receiver Sidney Rice and fullback Michael Robinson. Offensive tackles Tyler Polumbus and Jarriel King will also be inactive today, along with cornerback Byron Maxwell, and linebacker Malcolm Smith. Head coach Pete Carroll has to assume that the game played by Pittsburgh last Sunday was a bit of a fluke, and they will likely play much better than that; unfortunately they will have to do so without the help of their number one receiver, leaving Tavaris Jackson with even less options than he had before. 

For more on the Seahawks, head on over to Field Gulls to get your fix. 


Seahawks Vs. Steelers: Defensive Scheme Breakdown

A run-down of the Seahawks base defensive scheme.


Seahawks Vs Steelers: Start Time, Television & Radio Coverage

Feel like watching the Seahawks play the Steelers? Yeah, me too. First, you're up early, aren't you? You're really, really going to have to fight that hangover. Get some coffee brewing. Get some eggs frying. Lay down, and settle in for what's going to be a long, amazing day of football. But first, you get the Seahawks in the morning slate. Here's some information that you might need:

Kickoff: 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT)

TV: FOX  - The following markets that will receive the Seahawks-Steelers game: Anchorage, AK; Bend, Ore.; Bluefield, W.V.; Charleston, W.V.; Cincinnati; Clarksburg, W.V.; Columbus, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Erie, Pa.; Eugene, Ore.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Johnstown, Pa.; Parkersburg, W.V.; Pittsburgh; Seattle; Spokane; Twin Falls, Idaho; Wheeling, W.V.; Yakima, Wash.; Youngstown, Ohio

TV announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

Radio: 710 AM and 97.3 FM

Radio announcers: Steve Raible, Warren Moon and Jen Mueller

Online play-by-play: Game Center

Complete online coverage: Right Here, Yo.

For more, go immediately to Field Gulls. 


Seahawks Vs Steelers: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking at the Seahawks Week One matchup against the 49ers and applying some of the lessons learned to their game this Sunday against the Steelers.


Seahawks Vs. Steelers Injury Report: Robert Gallery, David Hawthorne Will Play; Sidney Rice Out

The Seahawks released their injury report today and not surprisingly, receiver Sidney Rice has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Also ruled out were linebacker Dexter Davis, cornerback Byron Maxwell, fullback Michael Robinson, and tackle Jarriel King. Linebacker Malcolm Smith was listed as doubtful. With the injuries to Davis, Maxwell, Robinson and Smith, the already reeling Seahawks special teams will be shorthanded. 

The good news is that Pete Carroll has confirmed that Robert Gallery is good to go and will start at left guard on Sunday. Carroll also confirmed that rookie James Carpenter will move back to right tackle. Gallery's return should benefit the Seahawks young and inexperienced line that will be facing a very tough test against the blitz-crazy Steelers. 

On the defensive side, it's looking like middle linebacker David Hawthorne will be a full-go as well. He's officially listed as probable but Carroll mentioned that he'll play on Sunday. 

One other roster notable: Pete Carroll noted that wide receiver Kris Durham may be active this week because of Sidney Rice's injury. Durham was listed as inactive last week against the 49ers

For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls and follow the Seahawks vs Steelers StoryStream.


Seahawks vs. Steelers Injury Report: Sidney Rice Remains Limited In Practice

As the Seattle Seahawks continue their preparations in practice as the team prepares for the Pittsburgh Steelers, quite a few players were either limited or did not practice at all on Thursday, including wide receiver Sidney Rice. Let's take a closer look at the report:

Full Participation: David Hawthorne, LB; Robert Gallery, G

Limited Participation: Sidney Rice, WR

Did Not Participate: Dexter Davis, DE; Jarriel King, T; Byron Maxwell, CB; Michael Robinson, FB; Malcolm Smith, LB

As for their availability for Sunday's showdown, both Hawthorne and Gallery should be good to go. Both are expected to be listed as probable. Rice's injured shoulder has continued to slowly progress the last few days and it is still relatively unknown if he will be able to play this weekend.

This was the second consecutive day Davis, King, Maxwell, Robinson, and Smith all did not practice and they will all likely miss playing time for at least another week. 

As for the Steelers, most of their team remains relatively healthy heading into week two. Wide receiver Jericho Cotchery will likely miss yet another game and just about everyone returned to practice after a light day of workouts on Wednesday. Only two players -- Chris Kemoeatu and Bryant McFadden -- remained limited and both will be a game time decision.

For more Seahawks coverage, check out Field Gulls.


Seahawks Vs. Steelers Injury Report: Status Of Sidney Rice, Robert Gallery Still Uncertain

The Seahawks might be without several key players for this week's matchup with the Steelers.

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