Reporting Bill Swartz
Don’t take the 3 and 4 St. Louis Rams lightly. That topic resonated loud and clear during Friday afternoon press conferences for both Seahawks corner Richard Sherman and quarterback Russell Wilson.
“This is an NFC West game and that creates enough energy itself,” said Wilson. “The fact is the St. Louis Rams is a team we struggled with last year. They do a lot of great things, have a lot of great players, and are coached extremely well.”
Odds makers still like 6 and 1 Seattle by a dozen points Monday night in the Gateway City. Part of the large point spread is due to the Rams quarterback situation. Veteran Kellen Clemens is the new starter with Sam Bradford lost with a season ending knee injury.
“He’s (Clemens) a good quarterback, and makes good decisions. He gets some zip on the ball and throws the deep ball well,” shared Richard Sherman. “We’ve been preparing for him just like we prepared for Sam.”
While many teams are losing key players with injuries, the Seahawks are getting healthier in week 8. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was full practice Friday after missing a couple games with a high ankle sprain. Pro bowl fullback Michael Robinson returned to the team after injuries to youngsters Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware.
Receiver Percy Harvin has been practicing all week, less than three months removed from hip surgery. Coach Pete Carroll has yet to announce whether Harvin will be on the active roster to play Monday night.
Seattle’s official injury report had three players not practicing Friday. Right tackle Breno Giacomini still making his way back from knee surgery. Fullback Derrick Coleman and safety Jeron Johnson are dealing with hamstring injuries.
The Hawks have a Saturday practice before heading to the midwest.
How many fans will watch the Monday night game at the Edward Jones Dome in person? With the prospects of a World Series game 5 in St. Louis, some football fans are reportedly trying to sell their Rams seats. Having a less than sell-out crowd doesn’t bother Richard Sherman.
“We have a great time at practice every day, and nobody’s there, ” chuckled Sherman. “We’ll be fine whether the stadium is filled to capacity or half empty. We do a good job of creating our own energy. If ‘B.B’ (Brandon Browner), Earl (Thomas) or Kam (Chancellor), one of the guys makes a play, we’re amped!”
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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