Many teams which are fortunate enough to make it to the Super Bowl aren’t prepared to deal with the circus atmosphere, becoming distracted with the fan parties and media hype. While few Seahawks players have been part of the NFL’s biggest game, they should know how to deal with distractions.
In case you forgot, Percy Harvin had hip surgery and has played in just two games this season. Sidney Rice suffered a season-ending knee injury. Starting defensive backs Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond III were suspended for violating the league’s drug policy. Three of the starting five offensive linemen were out for several weeks with injuries.
Receiver Doug Baldwin spoke with reporters about dealing with off-field issues.
“Obviously this is the biggest game we’ve ever played in. It’s the game we’ve been dreaming off since we were six-years-old. The distractions of that, and the hype that surrounds it is definitely real. That distraction is something we have to eliminate, and it’s going to be difficult.”
Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas is trying to stick with everything that’s worked since week one.
“I haven’t changed just because we are in the Super Bowl. I’m staying true to who I am. I’m going to keep preparing like I am. This is surreal, It’s like a dream. Anything that comes, I’m just going to adapt to it.”
Seattle’s Thursday injury report looked similar to Wednesday. WR Doug Baldwin (hip), RB Marshawn Lynch (knee), did not participate in practice. DT Brandon Mebane (ankle) was limited, and Percy Harvin (concussion) was full go.
The Seahawks practice again Friday and spend Sunday traveling to New Jersey.
-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan-
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