--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
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.
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.
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
"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
--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
--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.
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
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