RENTON, Wash. – The fact Tarvaris Jackson was able to throw on back-to-back days at practice is a sign his strained pectoral muscle is healing.
The fact Jackson was not able to do that until this week – a month and a half after he suffered the injury – is a sign of just how hurt that muscle was.
On Friday, Jackson was a somewhat surprising participant in all of Seattle’s practice, breaking the routine of the previous two weeks in which he was generally limited to handoffs in practice the day after he threw.
“He felt a little bit better, so he got full-go,” coach Pete Carroll said after Friday’s practice. “That’s good news. That’s the first time he’s been able to do this in weeks.”
Seattle receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice Friday after sitting out the previous two days with a sore knee. Rice is listed as probable on Seattle’s injury report, which means he’s nearly certain to be available for normal duty Sunday. Same for Ben Obomanu, who was limited by a sore knee and ankle earlier in the week.
Safety Atari Bigby and defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove are expected back after missing last week’s game, each because of a hamstring injury. The only one of Seattle’s starters who is questionable is nose tackle Alan Branch. He did not practice this week and will be a game-time decision because of an ankle injury. Same for rookie cornerback Byron Maxwell, who missed practice with a sore ankle.
Jackson’s recovery is encouraging because last week there was a real question of whether he was getting better. Jackson suffered a strained right pectoral muscle on Oct. 9 in the third quarter of Seattle’s victory at the New York Giants. Jackson missed one game and has played in the past four, but that doesn’t mean he was healthy. Far from it.
Throwing hurts. That’s the reality until Jackson is able to take extended time off and see if the injury will heal on its own or if it will require surgery.
“I’ve already came to grips that it’s going to be a process throughout the whole season to make sure that I’m ready for Sunday,” Jackson said.
The injury appears to have affected Jackson’s velocity on some of his downfield throws, but the physical limitations aren’t the only impact of the injury. Jackson is also missing practice time, and his first two throws in last week’s game at St. Louis were intercepted. On the first one, he failed to see linebacker Chris Chamberlain in coverage, and his second pass was picked off because he threw the ball too late.
Carroll said he felt the dialed-back workload had affected Jackson’s performance in practice this week. “He was a little bit rusty this week at some times,” Carroll said. “It only stands to reason: He’s had so few days on the practice field. So the fact that he got out there today (Friday) and got a whole boatload of plays and looks at stuff in the red zone and all that that he didn’t get last week – it should help him.”
An NFL spokesman confirmed that Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor was fined $40,000 for unnecessary roughness after the league determined he struck a defenseless receiver in the head with his shoulder.
The hit occurred in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game in St. Louis when Chancellor hit Rams tight end Lance Kendricks, preventing a completion.
It is Chancellor’s second fine in two weeks. He was fined $20,000 for his hit on Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin in Week 10.