Physical, intense, get down get dirty, smash-mouth football. That’s what the Seattle Seahawks want and expect from the San Francisco 49-ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship game.
“We definitely have to have our big boy pants on this week, ” said Seattle’s pro bowl safety Earl Thomas. “I think we’re very similar. That’s what makes it so great. It’s going to be physical. For guys like us, we like it that way.”
Teammate Richard Sherman didn’t mince words about his expectations for the high-stakes third meeting with the 49ers this season.
“There’s no love lost. There’s no love found,” stated Sherman. “It’s going to be intense and physical. I don’t know if there will be handshakes after this one.”
Seattle’s secondary has a reputation for bullying opposing receivers. Cornerback Walter Thurmond III says the 49ers pass catchers can dish it out pretty good too.
” I think it’s going to be real chippy,” said Thurmond. “That’s the way it’s been the past couple games going against those guys. They’re one of the most physical receiving groups in the NFL. We like it that way going against those guys, it should be entertaining.”
Wednesday’s injury report for the Seahawks listed 3 players who did not participate in practice. Receiver Percy Harvin was to meet with doctors about his concussion. Coach Pete Carroll would not speculate whether Harvin would be able to clear the required tests in order to play Sunday.
Defensive lineman Jordan Hill was out with a groin injury. Running back Marshawn Lynch did not practice with a NON injury related reason.
Linebacker K.J. Wright was limited in his participation as he battles back from a cracked foot bone. Coach Carroll seemed fairly optimistic Wright could face the 49ers this weekend.
4 men did not participate in San Francisco’s Wednesday work outs. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks due to illness, DT Justin Smith (shoulder) , Center Johnathan Goodwin (foot), and DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee/shoulder).
Limited in practice were cornerback Carlos Rogers, (hamstring) and running back Will Tukuafu (knee).
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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