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Walter Jones Back at Practice; Curry to See Plenty of Time

Walter Jones returned to practice for the first time since July 31st today for the Hawks, and also today coach Jim Mora said that first-round pick Aaron Curry will see extensive playing time in Saturday’s exhibition opener against San Diego, perhaps the most of any prospective Seattle starter.

After first saying he wasn’t going to make public how long some of his starters would play, Mora said that Curry likely will play into the third quarter and be shifted all over the defense. Curry will be used both at linebacker, and lineup at right end to give the Seahawks an opportunity to see his pass rush skills in action.

“You know, if there’s one thing that I would look for is watch Aaron Curry and see how he rushes as an end. We’re going to find out a little bit, you know? I’m excited to see it,” Mora said. “There’s no sense in waiting.”

Along with Curry’s first game, Saturday is the debut of some new faces that Seattle expects to play significant roles as they try to rebound from last year’s 4-12 swoon. It’s also Mora’s first game as a head coach since Dec. 31, 2006, right before he was fired after three seasons in Atlanta.

“It’s been good for me. I’m looking forward to the game, I’m looking forward to being back on the sideline in that role,” Mora said. “I think there will be an adjustment period throughout the game and probably throughout the preseason, but I’m excited where we are as a team and I’m comfortable going into this game with my role as well.”


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