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December 22  |  By John Boyle
Not only did the Seahawks clinch a playoff berth over the weekend, they greatly increased their odds of a NFC West title and the NFC’s top seed with Sunday’s 35-6 win in Arizona.



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December 22  |  By John Boyle
Here are some injury updates and a few other notes from Pete Carroll’s Monday show on 710 ESPN Seattle:



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December 22  |  By John Boyle
As always, you can see all the numbers below, but first a few highlights.

Offense

-- A quick note, as you’ll see below, it appears they credited the punt team with one offensive snap for some reason, so that explains the discrepancy between my numbers and the picture below.



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December 21  |  By John Boyle
In the fourth quarter of a game with huge playoff seeding implications for both teams, Tarvaris Jackson was handing off to Christine Michael, who was running behind a line that included Patrick Lewis, Alvin Bailey and Lemuel Jeanpierre. A few minutes later, David King (who?) sacked Ryan Lindley on the final play of the game.



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December 21  |  By John Boyle
The Seahawks are still an hour away from playing in Arizona, but thanks to results that already happened this weekend, they're playoff bound, and almost certainly in control of their own destiny for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. 



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December 19  |  By John Boyle
Cliff Avril met with the media after Friday’s practice to discuss the new contract he just signed with the Seahawks, and as you might expect, the defense end was in a pretty good mood, just like linebacker K.J. Wright was a day earlier after signing his new contract.



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December 19  |  By John Boyle
The Seahawks will head to Arizona to face a dangerous pass rush minus two of their starting linemen, but it could be worse. Guard J.R. Sweezy returned to action Friday after missing the previous two days of practice, and will play, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, but left tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger won't play. 



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December 19  |  By John Boyle
Seahawks sign DE Cliff Avril to a four-year contract extension For the second time in as many days, the Seahawks have locked up a key member of their defense who was in the final year of his contract, signing defensive end Cliff Avril to a four-year extension. 



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December 18  |  By John Boyle
After a few weeks of unusually good late-season health, the Seahawks have some serious concerns heading into a huge NFC West showdown with Arizona. For the second straight day, 3/5 of Seattle’s offensive line sat out practice, with left tackle Russell Okung, center Max Unger and right guard J.R. Sweezy all watching from the sideline.



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December 18  |  By John Boyle
K.J. Wright, who just signed a four-year, $27 million contract, was understandably in a good mood when he med with reporters prior to Thursday's practice. Here's a bit of what he said about the deal, which was finalized Wednesday night: 



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December 18  |  By John Boyle
Seahawks sign LB Wright to four-year extension The Seahawks locked up another member of their young nucleus Thursday, signing linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year contract extension.



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December 17  |  By John Boyle
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will likely be negotiating a huge contract extension with the Seahawks after this season, and now the person doing the negotiating for him will change, according to an ESPN report.



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December 17  |  By John Boyle
Only one unexpected name on today's injury report, though if you saw J.R. Sweezy limping at the end of the first half, it isn't actually that big a shock he as given a day off. The fact that Sweezy not only finished the final drive of the first half after limping back to the huddle, but played every snap of the second half would likely indicate he'll be OK this week. As expected, LT Russell Okung and C Max Unger both sat out, while TE Cooper Helfet returned to full participation...

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December 17  |  By John Boyle
Pete Carroll wouldn't rule Russell Okung out for this week during his Monday press conference, and two days later the Seahawks coach is still holding out hope that his left tackle can return from the bruised lung that sent him to the hospital during Sunday's game. 



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December 17  |  By John Boyle
The Mariners made a trade Wednesday, acquiring outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs for minor-league relief pitcher Matt Brazis.

This isn’t the type of big trade fans might be hoping for to fill Seattle’s void in right field, but it does provide the Mariners another right-handed option who can play all three outfield spots.



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December 16  |  By John Boyle
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll mentioned that a focus of their offense in recent weeks has been the quick passing game, and Russell Wilson made some pretty good quick, decisive throws in Sunday’s win. Most notably, Wilson hit Paul Richardson for an 11-yard completion on a curl route to convert third-and-10, setting up a Marshawn Lynch touchdown, and he also made a

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December 16  |  By John Boyle
As you likely know by now, the Seahawks can take over the NFC West lead with a win in Arizona on Sunday, but to actually win the division they would have to win again the following week or get a Cardinal loss to the 49er. But while the Seahawks can’t clinch the division this weekend (Arizona can, however, win a win over Seattle) they can clinch a playoff spot, but it would require some unlikely scenarios playing out.



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December 15  |  By John Boyle
A few highlights from Pete Carroll's Monday press conference.

--On the health of Russell Okung, who has a bruised lung, the result of hit he took during an interception return: "He feels quite a bit better today, but we’ve got to be cautious and make sure we take care of him, so in a couple of days we’ll see how he’s feeling."



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December 15  |  By John Boyle
At the bottom of this post you'll find full numbers, but first a few things that stand out when looking at the playing time percentages for the Seahawks in Sunday's game. 

Offense



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December 15  |  By John Boyle
First off, our coverage in today’s Herald if you missed it:

Column on the Seahawks being back in control, though they never believed they weren’t.



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December 14  |  By John Boyle
Curious to know what was said by players and coaches after the game? Well here are quotes from both teams, as provided by the Seahawks: 

HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL 



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December 14  |  By John Boyle
The Seahawks didn't have many injuries in Sunday's win, but one was an unusual and potentially scary one, with left tackle Russell Okung having to go to the hospital because of a chest injury. 



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December 14  |  By John Boyle
John Boyle is have Internet problems in the press box and is unable to update during the fourth quarter.



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December 14  |  By John Boyle
As expected, the Seahawks are again playing without center Max Unger, who was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. TE Cooper Helfet, who was questionable with an ankle injury, is also inactive for the third straight week.



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December 12  |  By John Boyle
Before we get into what little news there was today, Pete Carroll had a message to open his press conference, sending his thoughts to people affected by the severe weather in the Bay Area that has lead to flooding and landslide.



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December 11  |  By John Boyle
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said he was just trying not to smile and give it away. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called it a perfect storm, and receiver Doug Baldwin knew he had a touchdown as long as Wilson got the play off on time.



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December 11  |  By John Boyle
No midweek surprises for Seattle on Thursday's injury report, and some potentially good news with Max Unger and Cooper Helfet both going from not practicing the day before to limited work on Thursday. We'll get an update on their status from Pete Carroll Friday. 

SEAHAWKS

Did not participate: DE Demarcus Dobbs (ankle).



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December 11  |  By John Boyle
As expected, the Seahawks signed defensive lineman David King off of Cincinnati's practice squad. King was actually here Wednesday, but the deal was not finalized before that day's deadline for roster moves. King, a seventh-round pick in 2013, has spent most of the past two seasons on the Bengals practice squad and has yet to appear in a regular season game. 



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December 10  |  By John Boyle
While the roster move is not yet official, the Seahawks are expected to sign defensive lineman David King off of Cincinnati’s practice squad. Presumably the corresponding move will be to place defensive end Demarcus Dobbs on injured reserve, the result of an ankle injury suffered in Seattle’s win in Philadelphia. Pete Carroll described Dobb’s ankle sprain as "legit" on Monday, and in Carroll-speak, "legit" usually means it's pretty serious. King was in...

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