Aches and pains

Seahawks dealing with injuries as they prepare for the Bears

September 22, 2009, 10:46 AM

By: Jeff Dickerson

Just finished watching all 24 minutes of Seattle head coach Jim Mora Jr.'s news conference from Monday. Obviously, the health of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (cracked rib) was the main topic, but the Seahawks have a multitude of players dinged up as they prepare to square off against the Chicago Bears.

Lofa Tatupu

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Lofa Tatupu's hamstring may affect Seattle's linebacker on Sunday.

Mora confirmed that left tackle Sean Locklear and cornerback Josh Wilson suffered high ankle sprains against the San Francisco 49ers and that fullback Justin Griffith is dealing with a sprained MCL.

The Locklear injury presents a major problem for Mora, considering veteran offensive tackle Walter Jones is working his way back from recent knee surgery. However, Mora is downplaying the significance of having to rush Jones back to take on the Bears this weekend.

"I think that's risky. We'll see where he is at the end of the week," Mora said. "We are not going to sacrifice Walter's long-term health or his ability to contribute for the length of the season because of what happened to Sean. They are two separate entities in my mind."

Then there's the status of middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who started Sunday against the 49ers but had to leave the game early with a hamstring injury.

"Lofa has got that warrior mentality," Mora said. "He went out and worked before the game and said he felt good. He was very honest; he said, 'I don't feel great, but I want to play.' He went out and he tried, but it was pretty obvious immediately that the tempo of the game, the speed of the game was different than the speed in which you test yourself when warming up.

"He just couldn't go. We'll see where he is this week. Hopefully, he didn't make it worse. Hamstrings are tricky, they're hard to predict."

Tatupu's absence opened the door for second-year linebacker David Hawthorne to see some action. Hawthorne, a former teammate of Bears safety Danieal Manning at Corsicana High School in Texas, recorded six tackles in the losing effort. I saw a few of the local Seattle media members refer to Hawthorne as "The Heater." Not exactly sure why, but it does sound like a pretty cool nickname.

We should find out more about Desmond Clark and Pisa Tinoisamoa when the Bears report back to Halas Hall on Wednesday. Considering how well Kellen Davis and Nick Roach performed against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bears coach Lovie Smith may not rush back Clark and Tinoisamoa before they're ready.

Don't forget to join Greg Olsen and me tonight on Miller Lite's "Football Night in Chicago" from 6-8 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1000. We are broadcasting live at The Boundary at 1932 W. Division St. in the city.


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