Reporting Bill Swartz
Next man up. That often used phrase rings true at Seahawks headquarters today with the team placing receiver Sidney Rice on injured reserve after he damaged his knee Monday night in St. Louis.
Teammate Doug Baldwin summed up the mood in Seattle’s locker room by saying, “Our receiver room is a family, and Sid is like the head of the family. Just his presence is so important.
Baldwin will move from his slot position to wide receiver where he has been Rice’s back-up.
Coach Pete Carroll said the rest of the receiving group must now step up including second year man Jermaine Kearse, and Ricardo Lockette, who was just signed off the practice squad.
Lockette was on the 49ers and Bears rosters this season, but always knew Seattle was the place he would return.
“My first time here my rookie year, I think I wanted to be the superstar, the big receiver everyone knew,” said Lockette. ”Obviously I wasn’t ready yet. I didn’t take part in special teams and I wasn’t aware of certain coverages.”
With Rice’s injury some speculate the Seahawks would hasten Percy Harvin’s return to game action. Pete Carroll said during his press conference Harvin was a bit sore during a heavy work load last week, so they don’t want to push him too far, too fast.
Carroll sounded optimistic the Hawks two starting offensive tackles might return to games soon. Russell Okung (toe injury) has been jogging, and is soon eligible to come off the injured reserve list. Breno Giacomini (knee) could start practicing next week according to Carroll.
While Seattle is 7 and 1 at the midpoint of the season, no one is satisfied with the performance. Doug Baldwin called the offensive effort at St. Louis “disappointing, and embarrassing.”
Seattle receiver Golden Tate was fined a little more than $7,800 by the NFL for taunting a St. Louis defender during his touchdown catch and run Monday night.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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