Trufant, Hill Get Back To Practice

In a short practice of about an hour, Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill and cornerback Marcus Trufant made rare appearances on the practice field Tuesday.

For Hill, it was the first time he set foot on the practice field since suffering a groin injury in the first game of the season against St. Louis. For Trufant, who was placed on the physically unable to perform list with a disk issue in his back at the beginning of the regular season, Tuesday's practice was his first official appearance for the Seahawks this season.

Coach Jim Mora said he would work both of the veterans in slowly, but he is hopeful they will be ready for the team's next game on Nov. 1 at Dallas after the team's bye weekend. "That's a good thing for this football team," Mora said of the pair's potential return. "We have to make sure that over the course of the next seven practices, we have to make sure that we build up the right way, and not just fire it all at them at once, and we'll do that."

Trufant showed some rust, taking part in some individual work and team drills. He did not offer any specifics on his back injury, other than saying he thought it was a minor tweak when the injury occurred a few days before the start of training camp in July.

Hill picked up right where he left off, working with the first unit at his customary position at outside linebacker, moving well and getting in and out of his breaks with ease. "I'm just trying to get back as quick as possible," Hill said. "I wouldn't exactly put a timetable on it. Practicing today, I felt perfect. I'll try my hardest to get back maybe next week, but we'll see."


--LT Kyle Williams, who appeared in two games with the Seahawks, was released. When the Seahawks return from their bye Nov. 1, either Walter Jones, who has been rehabbing a surgically repaired knee, or Damion McIntosh, who signed with Seattle last week, figures to take over at left tackle.

--QB Matt Hasselbeck took several hits during Sunday's game against Arizona but appeared fine at practice Tuesday. "He's a little sore, like you would think, but I don't think he's any worse for the wear overall, in terms of the things that were bothering him in the past," coach Jim Mora said. "I think that he's OK."

--RB Julius Jones rushed for a season-low 5 yards on five carries against the Cardinals last week.

--TE John Carlson was forced to stay in to block for most of the day because of Seattle's injury problems on the offensive line against Arizona. Carlson finished with two catches for 55 yards, but that included a 42-yard reception on a fake punt.

--WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh and QB Matt Hasselbeck are working during the bye week to develop a better rapport on the field. Both stayed after practice to work on specific routes Tuesday. "T.J. and I have to get on the same page," Hasselbeck said. "We have to be automatic. We have to narrow our focus instead of talking that we could do this or we could do that."

--WR Nate Burleson is 13th overall in the league in receiving yards with 398 yards. He also has 32 receptions and three touchdowns, averaging 12.4 yards per catch.

--LB Leroy Hill is the oldest starting linebacker for Seattle at 27, with MLB Lofa Tatupu out with a torn pectoral muscle. The other linebackers are rookie Aaron Curry and second-year player David Hawthorne, who replaces Tatupu in the lineup.

--DE Patrick Kerney, who aggravated a groin injury against Arizona, did not practice Tuesday.

--CB Kelly Jennings (hip, ribs) did not practice Tuesday. Top Stories