Seahawks Mid-Week Wrap

Practice notes and team news heading into week three of the 2003 NFL season.

--Rookie free safety Ken Hamlin needed only two weeks to earn his first NFL honor.
   For taking part in four turnovers against the Arizona Cardinals, Hamlin was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
   Hamlin forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Marcus Trufant on the first play of the game. He intercepted a Cardinal pass on their last play of the game. And in between, he made eight tackles and tipped two other passes that were intercepted by other teammates.
   "I prepared hard and I think I prepared myself to be in a situation like this," the second-round draft pick out of Arkansas said. "So, I'm just going out and enjoying it now."
   Coach Mike Holmgren is delighted by Hamlin's early success, but is eager to keep it in perspective.
   "Let's not anoint Ken Hamlin yet; he's played two games," Holmgren said.  "Is he a good player?  Yes. Am I happy he's with us? Yes.  Do I think he has a bright future?  Yes. But, let's let him play some more games before we send him to Canton."
   Feeling the heat: Temperature at kickoff last week was 98. But it warmed up to 102 at the start of the second half. But the Seahawks looked better prepared for it than the home-standing Cardinals.
   "One word: hydration," Holmgren said. "Holy sakes it was hot.  We played a pretty good ballgame and I was very proud how the players handled the elements.  I'm sure if you played in that all the time you get somewhat used to it, but it was really warm and our training staff did a remarkable job in keeping the guys going, which was hugely important."
   --DT Norman Hand was sidelined for a portion of the Cardinals game because of turf toe. Big men tend to have a harder time bouncing back from this injury. If Hand is slowed, the Hawks might get big rookie Rashard Moore into the rotation.
   --QB Matt Hasselbeck has been fighting off a nagging hip-pointer, which was aggravated by a late hit in the Arizona game. He hasn't missed practice, though.
   --FS Damien Robinson is active on special teams after his preseason shoulder injury. But Ken Hamlin's emergence as a starter has made it tough for Robinson to get back on the field.
   --WR Koren Robinson, who always looked up to Torry Holt at North Carolina State, has had big games against the Rams. He was benched last week and will be looking for a big game this time around.
   --TE Jerramy Stevens has been mostly invisible thus far. His off-field problems may have altered his focus, but he's dropped several passes and been almost entirely ineffective.

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