--LB Isaiah Kacyvenski plans to test his injured ankle during practice
Wednesday (Sept. 10). His could be another week from returning, however. Seattle
misses him on special teams.
--LB Orlando Huff was cleared to practice this week after missing an extended period with a sprained knee. Huff could contribute on special teams right away.
--TE Ryan Hannam was cleared to practice this week after missing an extended period with a sprained knee. Hannam could contribute right away. His only career TD catch was at Arizona last season. Seattle returns to Sun Devil Stadium on Sept. 14.
--QB Matt Hasselbeck expects to miss no practice time after suffering a bruised hip during the opener Sunday (Sept. 7). Trainers held him out of light running Monday (Sept. 8), but Hasselbeck was expected to practice Wednesday (Sept. 9).
--DT John Randle will see his playing time diminish in the Arizona heat this week. Randle played more snaps than expected against the Saints, with modest results.
--LB Chad Brown is still recovering from the foot surgery that ended his 2002 season. In the opener, Brown admittedly lacked his usual quickness off the corner in pass-rushing situations. He hopes to improve as the season progresses. Brown's lone sack resulted from an aborted play, although he did recover a late fumble. Brown has 71 sacks in 10-plus NFL seasons.
--WR Darrell Jackson caught 10 passes for 174 yards in his last game against Arizona (2002). He was mostly quiet in the 2003 opener, as was the passing game in general, but Seattle is expected to open up the offense this week. Jackson is looking for a big season before he enters free agency in March 2004.
--FB Mack Strong enjoyed a career game in the opener but his role will not increase substantially this season. Getting the ball to Strong was a "key-breaker" for Seattle in that New Orleans hadn't prepared for the little-used blocker to get so many touches.
--CB Marcus Trufant will be tested frequently by opposing teams hoping to go deep on the rookie. Trufant is a talented young corner thrust into a starting role by the absence of injured CB Shawn Springs. The first-round draft choice possesses quickness and outstanding hip turn, but no experience. The Saints went deep twice Sunday (Sept. 7), drawing a 5-yard penalty on Trufant in addition to a 42-yard gain completion. Trufant didn't even turn around on the long gain, although he was within striking distance of Saints WR Joe Horn on the play. "That's part of life when you're playing that position as a rookie," coach Mike Holmgren said. "You have to learn from those things and he's a quick study, but it's tough."