The Seahawks will have the day off from practice — the usual Tuesday off during a regular NFL workweek, which this now is with the game at San Diego Sunday.
1, The big news yesterday was some of the roster shuffling. To review it once more — Seattle signed free agent CB Josh Thomas and OT Andrew McDonald, who had been on Carolina’s practice squad, while putting CB Jeremy Lane on Injured Reserve with the designation to return. McDonald, meanwhile, took the spot on the roster of WR Phil Bates, who had been waived on Saturday. Bates cleared waivers and could return to Seattle’s practice squad.
2, I wrote this story about Thomas, whose signing is definitely need-based, with the injuries to Lane and Tharold Simon, but who says he hopes to show the Seahawks enough to stick around for the long haul. To recap Seattle’s cornerback situation, it has five healthy 0nes at the moment — Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Marcus Burley, DeShawn Shead and Thomas. Burley and Thomas appear likely to be the nickelbacks (Shead has not really played that spot).
3, And just to put a final capper on the all the roster moves Monday, the team also released guard David Arkin and safety Josh Aubrey from the practice squad and signed guard Nate Isles and safety Terrance Parks to the practice squad. As noted a few other times, there will be pretty constant shuffling to the practice squad.
4, Here’s our notebook which includes some comments from NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith on the Ray Rice situation. The notebook also includes some info on McDonald, who has an interesting backstory — specifically, having been diagnosed with testicular cancer in May, undergoing surgery the next day.
Asked Monday how he found out, he said: “Honestly, I just felt a little bump so ‘I’m like, ‘I better bring this up.”’ McDonald had a stepmother and grandmother die of cancer, so he knows of the toll it can take.
“I put it in my mind that there are lot more people out there going through worse stuff,” he said of dealing with his diagnosis and surgery. “Some guys with brain tumors, some guys have cancer and are still battling it right now. And for me just to have a little bit of testicular cancer and for me to find it when I did and to get it out just kind of easy. I just kind of had a mindset that ‘no matter what I am going to beat this and I’m going to stay positive no matter what.’ And so just with that mindset and just keep it in mind what other people go through it wasn’t that bad.”
McDonald also had his first Seahawks practice on his birthday.
5, In this video, Times columnist Jerry Brewer talks about the win over the Packers and what it says about the Seahawks.
6, Seahawks.com with more on the cornerback situation.
7, Good stuff here from Chris Cluff on the potential market for Byron Maxwell.
8, ESPN calls Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor tackling machines.
9, The Seahawks’ next opponent, San Diego, couldn’t have had a much more grueling first weekend, playing the late Monday night game and then blowing a 17-6 lead to lose to the Arizona Cardinals. Here’s everything about the Chargers here from ESPN, and here from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
10, SI.com calls it some Monday Night Magic for the Cardinals, who become one of three NFC West teams to win on the opening weekend, along with the 49ers and Seattle. The Rams are 0-1 (USA Today has Seattle No. 1 in its updated power poll, with the 49ers third, the Cardinals 14th and the Rams 31st).