Seahawks WR Kearse States He’s Ready to Leave Seattle and Play Elsewhere

Jermaine Kearse

It looks like Seahawks wide out Jermaine Kearse won’t be back in Seattle in 2016, as he once again stated on Thursday that he plans on going out in the open market, and playing elsewhere.

He had already said that he loved playing in Seattle, but wasn’t ready to give the team a hometown discount.

“I love my hometown, but I’ve put in too much hard work to give a discount,” Kearse said a few weeks back. “My number one priority is to take care of my family’s future, so I will consider all opportunities.”

Look for the Hawks to let him walk, and look in free agency or even the draft to fill the void that Kearse will leave once he’s gone.

Seattle WR Kearse Says No Hometown Discount for Seahawks

While Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin said this week that he’d give a hometown discount to remain with the team, the same can’t be said of receiver Jermaine Kearse, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Kearse, who will be a free agent, had career highs this season in receptions (49), receiving yards (685) and touchdowns (5).

“I love my hometown, but I’ve put in too much hard work to give a discount,” Kearse said via text message. “My number one priority is to take care of my family’s future, so I will consider all opportunities.”

The 25-year-old Kearse was born in Lakewood, Washington, and played college football at the University of Washington. In four seasons with the Seahawks, he has caught 112 passes for 1,599 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The contributions of Kearse can’t be overlooked, as he was a key player for Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense late in the season and their two playoff games.

The team has a solid WR core with Doug Baldwin as well as Kearse, and while they can always look in the NFL Draft as well as free agency for another wide out, they should do what they can to hang on to Kearse.

It’ll be tough for Seahawks fans to watch the Super Bowl between the Panthers and Broncos, but at least there’s the super bowl commercial 2016 to look forward to, which may be the only thing to enjoy in what could have been a third straight Super Bowl outing for the Seahawks.

Pete Carroll Not as Optimistic About Lynch’s Return as Seahawks Are

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll doesn’t seem as optimistic about running back Marshawn Lynch returning from abdominal surgery as quickly as the team initially anticipated, Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seatle reports.

Lynch had surgery on Nov. 25 in Philadelphia. Carroll indicated at the time that Lynch could be back within 3 or 4 weeks, but he said Monday that the early end of that initial timetable may have been unrealistic in retrospect even though Lynch appears to be progressing nicely.

“The reports are that he’s doing really well. He’s left Philadelphia now, so we’ll see how it goes the next few weeks, see how he comes around,” Carroll said. “It’s so much to ask him to jump back after three weeks. I don’t even know how we could think that way, but this is week three starting up, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Questions about Lynch’s whereabouts also led to some interesting responses from Carroll. Lynch was initially expected to remain in Philadelphia for several days following his surgery. He has since left and was reportedly spotted over the weekend attending a Cal women’s basketball game at his alma mater in Berkeley, which is near his hometown of Oakland.

Asked if Lynch will be returning to the Seahawks’ training facility, where he could continue his rehab under the guidance of the team’s medical staff, Carroll said he didn’t know.

“I haven’t talked to him yet so I’m not sure where we are with that right now,” he said. “Right now it’s still rehab.”

Cardinals vs Seahawks Wednesday NFL Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Brittan Golden (groin), CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring), C Lyle Sendlein (shoulder)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Darren Fells (shoulder), WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle), LB Alex Okafor (calf)
 
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
 
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  Wednesday Practice Not Complete

Injured Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette Hands Out Cheesburgers to the Homeless

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From TMZ.com

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette did an AMAZING thing on the way home from his neck surgery — handing out 100 cheeseburgers to homeless people … TMZ Sports has learned.

The story is incredible … Lockette and his parents were leaving the Dallas hospital where the NFL star underwent surgery for a hit he took against the Cowboys when they passed through an area with a large homeless population … and Ricardo decided he needed to do something.

We reached out to Lockette’s dad who confirmed the whole thing — telling us his son was adamant about helping out on Nov. 5th, so he told the driver to head to McDonald’s and bought 100 CHEESEBURGERS!

“He had a neck brace on while he was passing out the burgers,” Earl Lockette tells us … “So some people were like, ‘What happened to you?’ But Ricardo didn’t try and bring attention to who he was.”

“Some people knew who he was. But this was more about Ricardo seeing people who were in worse shape than him, and wanting to help them however he could.”

In the end, Earl says, “It was a beautiful thing. Through helping other people, he helped heal himself. It was therapeutic for everyone.”

Seahawks Win Ugly; Get a Late Drive to Top Cowboys 13-12

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

It may have taken until the halfway part of the season, but finally the Seahawks are back to .500.

Hawks QB Russell Wilson and the offense was just good enough, throwing a touchdown and leading the Hawks on a late drive as they topped the Dallas Cowboys 13-12 Sunday.

Down 12-10, Seattle went 17 plays to drive 79 yards in 5 minutes, 35 seconds before kicking the game-winning 24-yard field goal with 1:06 remaining.

Wilson, who was 19 of 30 for 210 yards, started the winning drive by finding tight end Jimmy Graham, who had game highs of seven catches for 75 yards, on third down.

Later facing third-and-7, Wilson beat Barry Church to the corner and dived for the first down to allow Seattle to run more clock.

In the game-winning drive Wilson converted three third downs, the last of which came on a scramble that helped run the clock before Steven Hauschka’s 24-yard field goal.

Following the field goal, Cowboys QB Matt Cassel was sacked by Bruce Irvin on third down and went down again on what appeared to be the final play of the game.

Instead, because of a false start, Dallas got one more shot on fourth-and-16 with 12 seconds remaining. Cassel’s heave along the sideline was broken up.

The third Cowboys starting QB of the season threw for less than 100 yards, as he went just 13 of 25 for 97 yards. Tony Romo is out with a broken collarbone and Brandon Weeden was pulled after going 0-3 as a starter.

In the end it wasn’t the prettiest win by far of the year for the now 4-4 Seahawks, but the way that 2015 has played out to this point, they will take it.

They now go into the bye week and then have a monster game on November 15th at home against the Cardinals, who trailed at one point 20-7 Sunday in Cleveland but rallied for a win 34-20.

Seahawks at Cowboys NFL Week 8 Inactives

Seahawks inactives: T Russell Okung, CB Tye Smith, safety Steven Terrell, RB Bryce Brown, G/C Kristjan Sokoli, TE Cooper Helfet, DL David King

Cowboys inactives: Kellen Moore, Ronald Leary, Joseph Randle, Geoff Swaim, Ryan Russell, Tyler Patmon, Brice Butler

Seahawks vs Cowboys NFL Week Eight Capsule

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-4) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (2-4)

SERIES

  SEAHAWKS COWBOYS
SERIES LEADER   10-5
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 2-2 Jason Garrett: 2-1
LAST WEEK W 20-3 at 49ers L 27-20 at Giants
LAST GAME 10/12/14: Cowboys 30 at Seahawks 23. Dallas QB Tony Romo throws for 250 yards & 2 TDs. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray rushes for 115 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/6/11: Cowboys 23, Seahawks 13. Dallas QB Romo throws for 279 yards & 2 TDs. Cowboys RB Murray has 186 scrimmage yards (139 rushing yards, 47 rec. yards).
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST FOX (3:25 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Peter Schrager (field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 81 (Sea.), 83 (Dal.). XM: 226 (Dal.).

STATS

PASSING Wilson: 142-204-1668-8-5-97.0 (3C) Cassel: 17-27-227-1-3-62.3
RUSHING Lynch: 82-304-3.7-2 Randle: 76-315-4.1-4 (T3C)
RECEIVING Graham (TE): 31-375-12.1-2 Witten: 36-344-9.6-2
OFFENSE 357.4 367.0
TAKE/GIVE 0 -9
DEFENSE 294.1 (1C) 339.3
SACKS Bennett: 6.5 (T1L) J. Crawford, Hardy: 3
INTs Thomas: 2 Lee, Wilcox: 1
PUNTING Ryan: 47.5 (3C) Jones: 46.2
KICKING Hauschka: 62 (1C) (14/14 PAT; 16/16 FG) Bailey: 43 (13/13 PAT; 10/10 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON is 45-18 (.714) in career as starter (incl. playoffs). Since 2012, is only NFL QB with 10,000+ pass yards (11,618), 2,000+ rush yards (2,148) & 95+ rating (98.3)…Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), RB MARSHAWN LYNCH leads NFL with 6,445 rush yards & 58 rush TDs. In past 3 meetings, has 318 rush yards (106 per game) & 2 TDs…Since 2011, JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs in catches (386) & yards (4,771) & is 2nd in TDs (48). Rookie WR-KR-PR TYLER LOCKETT had 43-yard TD catch last week. Is only rookie in NFL history with rec. TD, PR-TD & 100+ yard KR-TD in team’s 1st 7 games. WR DOUG BALDWIN is 2nd on club in catches (28)…DE MICHAEL BENNETT has 3 sacks in 3 games vs. Dal. Had career-high 3.5 sacks last week. CB RICHARD SHERMAN leads NFL with 26 INTs since 2011 (incl. playoffs). Team has 4 players with 30+ tackles: LB K.J. WRIGHT (49), LB BOBBY WAGNER (46), S KAM CHANCELLOR (32) & S EARL THOMAS (30). LB BRUCE IRVIN had sack in last meeting…COWBOYS: QB MATT CASSEL is 2-0 as starter vs. Sea. In last start vs. Sea. (11/28/10 with KC), had 4 TDs, 0 INTs & 129.3 rating…In last meeting, T TYRON SMITH was named NFC Offensive Player of Week. RB JOSEPH RANDLE has 4 TDs in past 4. RB DARREN MC FADDEN rushed for 111 yards vs. Sea. on 10/31/10 (with Oak.). Rushed for 152 yards & TD last week…TE JASON WITTEN ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs in catches (979) & rec. yards (10,846). Witten & TE GAVIN ESCOBAR each had TD catch in last meeting. WR DEVIN STREET had 1st career TD (25 yards) last week. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS averaging 16.3 yards per catch…LB SEAN LEE had 14 tackles in his last game vs. Sea. Has 12 INTs since entering NFL in 2010, most by LB. Leads team in tackles (50) followed by S BARRY CHURCH (42) & LB ANTHONY HITCHENS (33). DE GREG HARDY has 12 sacks in his past 6 games.

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