One of the things Lovie Smith mentioned Wednesday night after practice, when discussing the success of camp this summer, was the fact that the team has stayed healthy. With the exception of offensive tackle Chris Williams, the first-round pick, going out with a back injury that could very well have been part of a pre-existing condition, the team has been largely unscathed. The Seattle Seahawks, Saturday's opponent, have not been as fortunate.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck missed practice on Wednesday and is unlikely to play. Word out of Seattle is Charlie Frye could get the start with Seneca Wallace coming in to replace him. Julius Jones is expected to start at running back with Mo Morris coming in to replace him.
Defensive end Patrick Kerney and center Chris Spencer are expected to miss also. Defensive tackler Rocky Bernard and offensive tackle Sean Locklear could also be out.
Of course, wide receiver Bobby Engram will be out with a broken right shoulder. The Seahawks have real issues at the position. His replacement, Courtney Taylor, has five career receptions. Third wide receiver Ben Obomanu has 12 career grabs. Hey, at least they have the quarterback thing down.