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Taumoepenu (hamstring) had a workout with the Colts on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Taumoepenu was waived off the Cardinals’ injured reserve on Sept. 10 and now appears recovered from the hamstring injury. The 25-year-old appeared in six games with the 49ers over the past two seasons and totaled three tackles.

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Pita Taumoepenu: Dropped from IR
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The Cardinals waived Taumoepenu (hamstring) from injured reserve Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Taumoepenu played in six games for the 49ers over the last two years. He’ll be free to sign with another squad once healthy.

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Cardinals’ Pita Taumoepenu: Lands on IR
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Taumoepenu (hamstring) has reverted to the Cardinals’ injured reserve, per the NFL’s official transaction log.

Taumoepenu was originally waived/injured by the club but ended up going unclaimed. His only options now are to spend the rest of the season on the sidelines or work to reach an injury settlement once his health allows it.

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The Cardinals waived/injured Taumoepenu (hamstring) on Saturday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Taumoepenu has played sparingly since the 49ers drafted him in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He likely won’t be claimed off waivers, which means he’ll revert to injured reserve, where he’ll remain until an injury settlement is reached.

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49ers’ Pita Taumoepenu: Promoted to active roster
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Taumoepenu was promoted to the active roster Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

It’s unlikely Taumoepenu will break onto the scene much during the last month of the season, but there’s a potential to make a strong impression among the coaching staff. The Utah product appeared in two games for the 49ers during his rookie season in 2017.

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Taumoepenu (ankle) practiced without limitations Wednesday.

The rookie sixth-round pick is in line for his NFL debut Sunday against the Colts. However, he’s projected to only be used as a depth linebacker and special teams man.

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49ers’ Pita Taumoepenu: Inactive for Sunday
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Taumoepenu (ankle) was listed as inactive for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

The rookie sixth-round pick provided depth in a banged up linebacking corps. However, Taumoepenu isn’t projected to be used much outside of special teams duties.

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49ers’ Pita Taumoepenu: Headed to San Francisco
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The 49ers selected Taumoepenu in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 202nd overall.

This looks like a pure depth grab here with San Francisco already loaded along the front four. That said, Taumoepenu has some athleticism, notching a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash. He is undersized, even at defensive end, checking in at 6-foot-1 and just 243 pounds. His lack of size coupled with San Francisco’s depth up front means that it could be awhile before Taumoepenu sees the field.

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The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back defensive end Authentic Bruce Irvin Jersey to help turn around one of the NFL’s least productive pass-rush units from last season, he told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Terms of Irvin’s deal, which was first reported by the NFL Network, were not immediately known.

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The Seahawks also are adding more offensive-line help by agreeing to deals with tackles Authentic Brandon Shell Jersey and Authentic Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jordan Schultz.

Shell’s deal is for two years and $11 million, a source told Schefter. The 28-year-old Shell, a fifth-round pick in 2016, started 40 games in four seasons with the New York Jets and 37 over the past three years. His addition lessens the chances of the Seahawks re-signing right tackle Germain Ifedi.

Ogbuehi, 27, was a first-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015 and spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s made 25 career starts but none in the past two seasons. His deal is for one year and has a max value of $3.3 million, a source told Schultz.

With Seattle signing Shell, the Seahawks and Jets effectively swapped tackles with New York signing George Fant to a three-year, $27.3 million deal.

Ifedi is one of two remaining free agents on the Seahawks’ offensive line along with left guard Mike Iupati. Seattle added a potential Iupati replacement on Tuesday in ex-Steeler B.J. Finney on a two-year, $8 million deal.

Irvin signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Carolina Panthers last season to help then-coach Ron Rivera in his switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. His “dog mentality” brought a needed toughness to the Panthers’ defense early last season before injuries to key players took a toll.

Irvin recorded a career-best 8.5 sacks for Carolina in 13 games after missing the first three with a hamstring injury. No Seahawks defender had more than four sacks in 2019 as the team finished the regular season with only 28, tied for the second-fewest in the NFL.

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Irvin won a title in the first of his two trips to the Super Bowl with Seattle and then signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 2016, after Seattle declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. He split time with Oakland and the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 before signing with Carolina in 2019.

Irvin has 52 career sacks, 301 tackles, 16 forced fumbles (3 recoveries) and 3 interceptions in eight NFL seasons. He also has two touchdowns.

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When the Carolina Panthers released Authentic Greg Olsen Jersey a day after the Super Bowl, the veteran tight end knew he’d have options as a free agent.

And the more the three-time Pro-Bowler thought about what he was looking for, the more the Seahawks made sense to Olsen. On Monday, Olsen and the Seahawks made it official, with Olsen signing his contract after agreeing to terms on the deal last week. After arriving in Seattle and signing with Seattle, Olsen explained why it was in a lot of ways an easy choice. From a winning head coach to an elite quarterback to one of the NFL’s best fanbases, Olsen knew Seattle was a good fit on a lot of levels.

“It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Olsen said. “Their track record of success, consistency of winning. I’ve played in this city many times, and just the fanbase, the excitement, that stadium is one of the more unique venues in all of sports. And obviously Coach (Pete) Carroll, playing with somebody like Russell (Wilson), it just checks so many boxes I was looking for, and I’m confident I can just come in and do my part and help try to put (us) over the edge.”

As Olsen was weighing his options in free agency, one thing he heard from a lot of people, including Wilson, was a high opinion of how the Seahawks operate as an organization.

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“Just the entire organization has been so first class, and that’s everything,” Olsen said. “When I did my research, everybody I talked to said the same thing—it’s a special place, they do things the right way, they treat people the right way. And in my couple of days out here visiting with everybody, I kind of saw with my own eyes what everyone was talking about.”

At 34, Olsen has already established himself as one of the best tight ends of his era. Olsen’s 718 catches and 8,444 receiving yards both rank fifth all time among tight ends behind only Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Shannon Sharpe. So when it came to picking a team, finding a winner was more important than adding to his individual legacy. And in Seattle, a team that has been to the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons under Carroll and general manager John Schneider, Olsen knows he’ll have a good chance at playing for a championship in 2020.

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“It’s huge,” Olsen said of finding a team that gives him a chance to win. “It’s huge. As I’ve said, they checked so many boxes. At this point in my career, what I’m looking for is things I’ve always valued in my career: consistency, doing things the right way, everybody being all in. This entire organization has really represented that for the last decade. To have an opportunity to be a part of that was really appealing. I’m really excited to get out here and join everybody in April for OTAs and learn a new team and learn a new city and learning a new coaching staff. There’s something exciting about that at this stage in my career. That newness is exciting and energizing for me.”

And while Olsen, who is from the east coast and who played professionally in Chicago and Carolina, has never lived this far west, CenturyLink Field won’t exactly be a foreign environment for him. In his 13-year career, Olsen has faced the Seahawks 12 times, postseason included, including five games at CenturyLink Field.

“It’s tough,” Olsen said of being a visitor at CenturyLink Field. “They make it hard on the opposing team. I saw it for a long time firsthand. I’ve played a lot of games in that stadium. It’s going to be nice for the first time getting in the huddle and being able to hear, being able to operate without hand signals and non-verbal communication. They make it so difficult to talk and communicate. So it’s going to be nice to not have them yelling at me, not cursing me out, not screaming that I suck—well, hopefully they don’t. Hopefully I give them a reason to cheer for me instead of against me.”

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RENTON, Wash. — DK Metcalf was impossible to miss during the Seattle Seahawks’ offseason program.

Of the 10 practices between rookie minicamp, organized team activities and veteran minicamp that were open to reporters, not one went by without Metcalf making a head-turning play or two. He beat defenders off the line of scrimmage, and he made outstretched catches in traffic over the middle and leaping ones down the sideline. He got lots of work with quarterback Russell Wilson and the No. 1 offense.

All while wearing a hooded sweatshirt that obscured his massive biceps.

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Leading up to and immediately after the NFL draft, in which the Seahawks traded up to take Metcalf with the final pick of the second round, he was perhaps known just as much for his hulking physique as he was for what he did on the field at Ole Miss.

But this spring, he was more than merely a physical specimen. Wilson pointed to Metcalf’s football knowledge when asked what about the rookie wide receiver has stood out most.

“Everybody knows about his ability to run and everything else, and jump and catch and all that,” Wilson said. “You guys have been talking about that for months, but I think more than anything else, it’s his brain and how he processes information and how quickly he understands it. He’s really intelligent. He really understands the game really well. He takes coaching really well. He gets extra work. He’s a legit pro wide receiver. He’s everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he’s capable of and more.”

Metcalf, at 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, has looked like a professional receiver during offseason work, so much so that it was easy to momentarily forget about all the concerns over his route running, lateral agility and NFL readiness. Metcalf ran a blazing 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine but produced less impressive results in some of the agility drills. He managed 26 catches for 569 yards and five touchdowns before a neck injury ended his final season at Ole Miss after only seven games.

“Very natural player,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He hasn’t had any trouble doing anything we’re doing. He looks like he’s done it before. He’s got to get more disciplined. He’s got splits and all kinds of things, rules that he’s got to get right, but the physical things that [receivers coach Nate Carroll is] asking him to do, he can do it. He can do it. The route changes that we’re doing, the adjustments, his body control. He’s really been a marvelous competitor in this camp. We’ve seen plays out of him every day that look special, and most of it comes out of, one, his speed, but the other is his catching range and the ability to get out away from his body and get up off his feet and make really special catches.

“So we don’t see any hindrance, restriction at all. He’s in here competing to play.”
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Now, for the mandatory pumping of the breaks. The usual caveats about offseason practices apply here. The noncontact format — Seahawks defensive backs weren’t fully contesting catches — sets pass-catchers up to shine. And there are a few cautionary tales from recent Seahawks past about getting too excited over an impressive spring from a rookie receiver.

In 2010, it was Golden Tate, who arrived with similar fanfare as a second-round pick coming off an All-American season that earned him the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. He made play after play over the spring and summer and looked poised for a strong rookie season. He was benched in Week 1 and finished the year with only 21 catches.

Carroll has theorized aloud that Tate’s football development was stunted in college because of the double duty he pulled as an outfielder on Notre Dame’s baseball team, which took him away from spring practices. Tate readily admitted years after the fact that he was skating by on his athleticism as a rookie and didn’t really understand the finer points of the position.

As for Metcalf?

“I think he’s way above what people from the outside probably expected him to be,” said Tyler Lockett, Seattle’s No. 1 receiver. “The way that he does a lot of his releases, he changes it up every single day. You’re going against the defense where people know, OK, if he does this, he does this every single day, I know how to be able to approach it. But some days he changes up the way that he approaches his aggressiveness. Sometimes he’s aggressive, sometimes he slows it up, sometimes he uses his hands, two days later he doesn’t use his hands and people are off guard when it comes to being able to guard him.”

Metcalf was the first player Wilson mentioned when asked about the new-look receiver corps, which includes three draft picks (Seattle also chose Gary Jennings in the fourth round and John Ursua in the seventh) and no more Doug Baldwin.

“It’s great seeing DK make his plays,” Wilson said. “I think DK is looking really, really special. He can do anything and everything, and he’s tremendous.”

Public praise from the uber-positive Wilson is not hard to come by. But trust is. Wilson is so protective of the football, so wired to avoid turnovers, that he’s not going to throw to a receiver who hasn’t earned his trust. It is thus telling how regularly he went to Metcalf during offseason practices. Metcalf made a strong impression on his quarterback on the field and behind the scenes.

“I could kind of tell as soon as he got drafted,” Wilson said. “We talked on the phone as soon as that happened. We talked for about 15-20 minutes just about where he wanted to go and everything else. I could tell. You could sense it … you kind of can tell the guys that are really hunting for something special, and I think he is.”

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Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer didn’t care to set any expectations for Metcalf’s rookie season. It’s June, after all. Training camp and the preseason will offer a better gauge of where Metcalf and veterans David Moore and Jaron Brown stand in the pecking order behind Lockett. Metcalf has a leg up on Jennings and Ursua, both of whom missed time with hamstring injuries, as well as fellow rookies Jazz Ferguson and Terry Wright.
“It’s too early to say that,” Schottenheimer said. “Just continue to develop. Continue to work. I think the sky’s the limit with the potential. I love his work ethic. He’s a terrific worker. Whether he’s catching tennis balls on the Jugs I see sometimes, I see balls flying around. So I think, again, a lot of it is going to be the timing he gets with Russ, but I’m very pleased with what we see right now.”

Carroll was asked how much it has helped Metcalf’s football development to have a father who played in the NFL. Terrence Metcalf was a guard for the Bears from 2002 to 2008.

“There’s something to that,” Carroll said. “Guys, lots of times, they gain a savvy just from sitting at the dinner table. It happens. … We’re just going to go and see how far we can go with him and see how much he can earn his playing time.”

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With the pick the Seahawks acquired in a trade for defensive end Frank Clark, the Seahawks added a defensive end, picking TCU’s L.J. Collier.

Collier, who is 6-foot-2, 291 pounds, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior, recording six sacks, 42 tackles, including 11.5 for a loss, and four pass breakups.

“I’m on cloud nine, it’s the craziest feeling,” Collier said via conference call from a Frisco, Texas hotel where he was spending draft day with family members. “I’m ready to get to work, I know that.”


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Collier said he visited with the Seahawks just a couple weeks prior to the draft, noting he and Seattle “hit it off right then and there.”

“It was a great conversation, they like my film. I like they way they work,” Collier recalled of his visit to the Pacific Northwest. “I know the guys in the defensive line room are going to push me to be better and we’re going to compete and go for a Super Bowl next year. That’s what I’m looking for and I know that’s what those guys are about. I’ve watched them for years. I’m looking forward to coming to that room and working hard and get to know everybody.”
On the field, Collier said he aims to pattern his play after players like “Terrell Suggs, Calais Campbell, guys like that. Maybe a little Aaron Donald in there, too.”

“I’m a hard-nosed, physical guy,” Collier added when asked about his game. “I play every down, I’m not just a pass rusher, I’m an all-around player. That’s what I bring to the game. I get off the ball and go 110 percent every time.”
The Seahawks also held the 30th pick, the result of their trade with Green Bay earlier in the night, but Seattle sent that pick to the New York Giants, who used it to select University of Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker. In exchange for the 30th pick, the Giants sent to Seattle a second-round pick (37 overall), a fourth-rounder (132 overall), and a fifth-rounder (142 overall).

The Seahawks head into Friday with eight picks remaining, all in rounds 2-5.

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A breakdown of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2019 free-agent signings.

Akeem King, defensive back

The Seahawks re-signed Akeem King to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million on Friday, a source tells ESPN. Here’s a closer look at the defensive back who spent the past two seasons with Seattle.

What it means: Bringing back King is the first move by the Seahawks and it’s a notable one even though he’s an under-the-radar player. In addition to playing left and right cornerback, King has worked in the slot and at safety — a la DeShawn Shead. That versatility could come in handy given the state of Seattle’s secondary, which is about to say goodbye to Earl Thomas and also could lose nickelback Justin Coleman in free agency. King, a seventh-round pick by the Falcons in 2015, appeared in all 16 games last season while making one start and playing 145 defensive snaps, per Pro Football Reference. King, who will be 27 by the start of next season, was one of Seattle’s four restricted free agents along with tackle/tight end George Fant, defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and fullback Tre Madden.

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What’s the risk: There’s not much risk here. King’s one-year deal includes a $400,000 signing bonus, according to a source. He can make up to $2.05 million in all with incentives tied to playing time and interceptions. The max value of $2.05 million is slightly more than what King would have stood to make had the Seahawks given him the low RFA tender, which is worth a non-guaranteed $2.025 million. But if he makes the full amount, it means he became a significant contributor. And if not, the Seahawks will have paid him less than what they would have with the low tender. King is guaranteed more money on his deal than he would have been guaranteed on the tender. There’s more reward than risk for both sides.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has a Grade 2 partial MCL tear of the right knee, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Baldwin went down in the first quarter of Seattle’s 27-24 loss against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and started limping off the field before he went down again and had to be tended to by the team’s medical staff. He eventually walked off on his own power and returned later in the first half, but was on the sideline in street clothes after halftime. Baldwin did not have a reception.


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Safety Earl Thomas needed all of three practices and two defensive possessions to remind the Seahawks what they were missing, recording an interception and pass-breakup in the first quarter of Seattle’s loss to Denver on Sunday.

Coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show on KIRO-AM in Seattle on Monday that there was no update on how long Baldwin may be out.

“He was sore last night, but he was walking OK and all that,” Carroll said. “He wasn’t hampered in that regard. But he got hurt. He got hurt. There ain’t anybody tougher than him, and if he can come back, he’ll come back. That’s why he went back in the game. We were trying to talk him out of it and getting him to get him out of there. He made the right decision in not battling us.”

Baldwin, who has led Seattle in receiving in five of his seven NFL seasons, missed about a month of training camp with a left-knee injury. He estimated when he returned to practice in late August that he was 80 to 85 percent healthy and said his knee injury was something he would have to deal with throughout the season.

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Entering he final weeks of their offseason program, the Seattle Seahawks had four quarterbacks on their roster after drafting Alex McGough in the seventh-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. With a clear need at backup quarterback following the release of Trevone Boykin, due to a domestic violence arrest, the team’s quarterback room shot up to three around the time they decided not to bring in Colin Kaepernick for a visit. In the week that ensued, the Seahawks signed Stephen Morris and re-signed 2017 backup Austin Davis. With four quarterbacks on the roster, something had to give.

And on Friday give it did.

The organization announced Friday they’ve released backup quarterback Stephen Morris and chopped their quarterback unit down to the traditional three-man group. In 2017, they had Davis and Boykin behind Russell Wilson. In 2016, they had Jake Heaps and Boykin behind Wilson. For now, the unit consists of Wilson, Davis and McGough and Morris made sense as the odd man out.

Obviously, the Seahakws aren’t cutting Wilson because…it’s unnecessary to explain this. Davis remains on the roster as a decent backup who can bridge the gap between the 2017 offense and 2018 offense for his starting quarterback. During the offseason, the team fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and hired Brian Schottenheimer in his place and Davis played for the latter as a member of the St. Louis Rams. He can relay some of the changes, especially in terminology, the Seahawks offense will undergo during this transition. Lastly, the Seahawks clearly like what they see out of McGough who has the mobility and big arm to do the things they like and is under contract on the cheap for four years.

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He’ll likely fit into the role previously held by Boykin. He’ll be groomed by Davis as the heir apparent to the backup role if he doesn’t win the job outright during training camp.

“He did a lot of good things. He can throw all the passes. He’s got a big arm. He moves real well. We’ve seen him move a ton in college,” head coach Pete Carroll said last Sunday of McGough’s mini-camp effort. “I was really anxious to see him in the pocket more because he was so in and out with all the pressure he had to deal with. I thought he was very positive. We’re excited about it. I don’t see any restrictions in the types of things we can do looking at his first few days.

“He took a lot of reps. I talked to him quite a bit about the fact that he has not been in the huddle. He’s not been under center much at all in his career. There’s a transition there, just about the verbiage and transferring his brain from the huddle to the line of scrimmage differently from when the coaches calling it on the sideline and everyone sees what the call is and they just go out and execute the play. He did very well.”

Clearly, the Seahawks are pleased enough with their seventh-round pick.

It’s a tough break for Morris who has yet to take a single regular-season snap of football in his carrer. In addition to that, he’s spent very few weeks even on the active roster in the NFL and didn’t have a home for the entire 2017 season when he was released by the Colts following the preseason. Now Washington and Seattle have both released him before even making it to training camp.

The former undrafted player out of Miami in 2014 continues to look for work. He won’t find it in Seattle. Their quarterback room is full. What’s not full is their roster. They did not replace Morris on the 90-man roster on Friday and now have an opening to fill. Could this be a sign that wide receiver Brandon Marshall is on the way after a recent visit to Seattle?

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RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks (6-4) head to Levi’s Stadium on Sunday looking to extend their winning streak over the San Francisco 49ers (1-9) to eight games, nine if you include the NFC Championship Game four seasons ago.

More importantly, the Seahawks can avoid losing any ground and potentially gain some in the NFC playoff race after falling out of the No. 6 spot with their loss to Atlanta on Monday night.

Here’s a closer look at the game from Seattle’s perspective, starting with one of the key matchups:

Seattle’s run defense vs. Carlos Hyde

It made for an unexpected early-season storyline when Seattle was gashed for a pair of long runs in consecutive weeks. Carlos Hyde went for 61 yards in Seattle’s win over the 49ers in Week 2, then DeMarco Murray helped Tennessee pull away from the Seahawks when he ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run the following week.

“That wasn’t like us,” defensive end Frank Clark said this week.
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Indeed it hadn’t been. From 2014-16, the Seahawks defense allowed 3.4, 3.6 and 3.4 yards per carry, finishing those respective seasons ranked second, fourth and first in that category. But largely because of those two long runs, Seattle ranked dead last through three games at 5.3 YPC allowed.

That seems like a long time ago based on how Seattle’s defense has gotten back on track heading into the rematch with San Francisco. Since Week 4, the Seahawks have allowed 80 rushing yards per game and 3.2 per carry. According to ESPN charting, those averages rank third and second in the NFL in that span, respectively.

Since Hyde (124) and Murray (115) topped 100 yards against Seattle, Lamar Miller’s 54 yards in Week 8 are the most the Seahawks have allowed to a running back. Seattle’s run defense turned in a masterful performance in Week 10 vs. Arizona, holding Adrian Peterson to 29 yards on 21 carries. The Cardinals managed 34 as a team, the fewest vs. Seattle this season.

“We’ve been a little more disciplined, and I think we’re playing a little more gap-sound,” middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said of the difference since Seattle’s early-season struggles.

Coach Pete Carroll said the same thing. “It starts with the discipline of the scheme,” he said. “If you’re jumping around scheme-wise, you’re lucking out. So we’ve been committed for a long time to be really consistent there and it’s generally worked out. That’s why it’s so hard for us to stomach the thought that we gave up four or five plays a game that are explosive run plays or whatever. We’ve just been really committed to it, and for the most part, it’s worked out.”

The Seahawks will likely have an important part of their run defense back Sunday with defensive tackle Jarran Reed expected to play after missing most of the last two games with a hamstring injury.

By the numbers

199. Passing yards that Russell Wilson needs to become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first six seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The three QBs who have accomplished that feat are Peyton Manning, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton. Wilson is averaging 280 passing yards per game this season, third-most in the league, so there’s a good chance he joins that group Sunday.

133.5. Rushing yards per game that San Francisco’s defense has allowed this season, which is the worst average in the NFL. Seattle’s inability to mount a consistent rushing attack has been well covered here. If the Seahawks can’t get things going Sunday against a poor run defense and with Luke Joeckel back at left guard, when will they?

4. Consecutive games in which the 49ers have committed at least two turnovers. It’s the first time they’ve done that since 2009, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The current streak coincides with C.J. Beathard taking over as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. In those four games, he’s thrown three touchdowns to four interceptions and has lost two fumbles. He’ll remain the starter Sunday over Jimmy Garoppolo. Winning the turnover battle is a fairly reliable formula for victory for the Seahawks. Since Carroll took over in 2010, they’re 48-10 — including 4-0 this season — when they take the ball away more times than they turn it over.

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Injury outlook: Joeckel will be back after missing the last five games while recovering from knee surgery. Seattle will again be without strong safety Kam Chancellor (neck) along with cornerback Shaquill Griffin (concussion) and right guard Oday Aboushi (shoulder). Byron Maxwell will start at right cornerback for Griffin after replacing him two plays into Monday night’s game. Seattle’s coaches like what they’ve seen from Maxwell since he was brought back last week. Carroll wouldn’t reveal if Ethan Pocic or Mark Glowinski will start at right guard, but the guess here is it’ll be Pocic. Mike Davis (groin) is doubtful, so Seattle’s available tailbacks will be Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy and J.D. McKissic. Asked this week what Rawls needs to do Sunday, offensive line coach Tom Cable said: “Don’t try so damn hard.”

Getting a grip: The Sunday forecast for Santa Clara calls for an 85 percent chance of rain at kickoff, according to That may explain why Wilson was seen wearing a glove on each hand during the early portion of Friday’s practice, which was open to the media. Wilson has occasionally practiced in gloves and he wore one on his left, non-throwing hand during a rainy divisional-round playoff game vs. New Orleans in January 2014, but he’s never worn one on his throwing hand in an NFL game.

Prediction: The 49ers are catching the Seahawks in a potentially vulnerable state, with injuries piling up in their secondary and elsewhere. Also working against the Seahawks is they’re playing on the road on a short week against a team coming off its bye. Those factors should only keep the game closer than it otherwise would be. The Seahawks may not be as dominant as they were with all the star power they’re missing, but they still have a significant enough talent edge over San Francisco that it’s hard to imagine them losing this game — especially with their margin for error in the NFC playoff race already reduced. Seahawks 24, 49ers 18.

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Here’s a look at the first half of the season for the Seattle Seahawks and a preview of what to expect in the second half:

First-half snapshot: The first half of Seattle’s season has followed a familiar pattern, with strong quarterback play and a mostly dominant defense allowing the Seahawks to win games despite a young and often overmatched offensive line. One difference: This Seattle offense hasn’t been able to mount much of a running game like some of its predecessors did despite being challenged up front. Fortunately for the Seahawks, Russell Wilson, Seattle’s passing game and the Legion of Boom have been able to pick up the slack. At 5-3, the Seahawks have the same number of victories they’ve averaged at the midpoint of every season since 2012. Grade: Average.

Midseason MVP: There’s a case to be made for a member of Seattle’s defense, which carried the team through stretches of offensive inconsistency. Free safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner are all having All-Pro-caliber seasons, but Wilson gets the first-half MVP nod here. He has led two winning touchdown drives in the fourth quarter and is on pace to approach his career high in touchdown passes. After ankle and knee injuries reduced his mobility last season, Wilson is back to making plays with his legs, something he has needed to do behind an offensive line that has again struggled to protect him.

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Best moment: The finish to Seattle’s 41-38 win against Houston in Week 8. Deshaun Watson was incredible while throwing for more than 400 yards and repeatedly beating Seattle’s defense deep, but Wilson was even better, especially as he led an 80-yard touchdown drive to win after Seattle took over with no timeouts and 1:39 left. Paul Richardson made a fantastic adjustment to haul in a 48-yard catch, and then Wilson found Tyler Lockett for 19 yards and hit a wide-open Jimmy Graham for the game winner. “He never stopped fighting,” Sherman said of Wilson, who had thrown an interception on the previous drive. “He stayed poised, the offense executed, and they won the game for us. They bailed us out. They bailed us out in a big way.”
Worst moment: Dishonorable mention goes to the second half of Seattle’s 33-27 loss to Tennessee in Week 3, when the Seahawks’ defense was uncharacteristically gashed for three long touchdowns on three straight possessions. The worst moment came when running back Chris Carson went down with an ankle injury a week later. The rookie seventh-round pick had beaten Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy to be Seattle’s starter. He’s on injured reserve while recovering from ankle surgery and might not be able to return to finish a rookie season that began with a lot of promise.

Second-half outlook: The acquisition of Duane Brown in a trade with Houston gave Seattle a significant upgrade at left tackle. One player can make only so much of a difference, but Brown — a three-time Pro Bowl selection — should help mitigate some of the issues in pass protection and run blocking that had held Seattle’s offense back. The Seahawks are in good shape for another playoff run. They have a road victory over the Rams, who look like the only legitimate threat to keep Seattle from winning the NFC West for the fourth time in five seasons, and the rest of the conference is wide open. That Brown trade and the one Seattle made for Sheldon Richardson suggested a level of urgency to win now. With their biggest weakness addressed and a clear path to a home playoff game, the Seahawks are in position to do so.