RENTON Jake DeBrusk Jersey , Wash. (AP) — It’s finally game week and Earl Thomas’ contentious holdout from the Seattle Seahawks continued on Monday, meaning the questions about their mostly unproven secondary remain the same on the cusp of the regular season beginning.
The position group that’s been the most recognizable on the Seahawks’ roster will be markedly different when they take the field in Denver on Sunday.
Richard Sherman is in San Francisco. Kam Chancellor won’t play this year because of last season’s neck injury that likely will end his career. Thomas is away while unhappy with his contract situation, and Byron Maxwell, the last of Seattle’s veterans that was around during training camp, was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
That will leave Shaquill Griffin and Dontae Johnson as the expected starting cornerbacks, and Tedric Thompson and Bradley McDougald as the likely starting safeties for the opener.
And while that collection has talent and could end up being very good for Seattle, for most non-Seahawks fans it may draw a collective, “Who?”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll seemed to answer the biggest lingering question by saying Thompson is expected to be ready to start at free safety. Thompson had been the starter for most of training camp, but suffered a shoulder stringer and rib injury in the third preseason game against Minnesota and sat out the final week of the preseason.
“He practiced today a little on a limited basis but he is ready to go,” Carroll said.
Johnson’s action in the preseason was also limited. He played only the final two weeks, but Seattle saw enough to feel comfortable with him as the expected starter. Their decision was made easier when Maxwell couldn’t get healthy.
“He was banged up for a while and really didn’t have a chance to show it but once he did he’s showed us he has picked everything up Tyler Toffoli Jersey , he has bought into the style we want him to play,” Carroll said of Johnson. “He’s been really consistent. He’s a big, good-looking kid out there, really on the spot, and has given us the confidence to go ahead and put him where we have.”
Seattle’s cornerback depth could be a concern if there’s another injury. Rookie Tre Flowers has impressed during training camp but is making the switch from safety. Nickel cornerback Justin Coleman has proven to be a smart acquisition before the start of last season but plays a specialized position.
Seattle did address some of its safety depth by acquiring Shalom Luani from Oakland for a seventh-round pick over the weekend. And perhaps there’s a glimmer of hope regarding Thomas. Asked Monday if there had been any additional contact with Thomas, Carroll said there was “nothing to report,” which was a minor upgrade from his blanket “no” the last time he was asked about his missing safety.
CUT DAY: Two of the notable moves Seattle made to reach the 53-man roster limit were placing tight end Ed Dickson on the non-football injury list and activating defensive end Dion Jordan from the physically unable to perform list.
Carroll said he’s not ruling out the idea of Jordan playing against the Broncos even though this is his first week of practice. Whenever Jordan returns it’ll be a boost to Seattle’s pass rush.
“He’s close. We’ll see. I’m not going to be opposed to playing him this weekend,” Carroll said.
Dickson missed all of training camp with a variety of leg muscle injuries. Carroll said there were three different issues that kept Dickson out, but the time he’s required to be out by being on the NFI list should allow him to get healthy and contribute later in the season.
NOTES: Seattle placed RB J.D. McKissic on injured reserve Monday and claimed linebacker Jermaine Grace off waivers. McKissic has been out following foot surgery, but by being placed on injured reserve after the 53-man roster was set, he can be activated following the eighth game of the season. Grace Kyle Okposo Jersey , who was in camp with Cleveland, was waived by the Browns on Sunday and gives Seattle depth at weak-side linebacker with K.J. Wright still recovering from knee surgery last week.
Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio.
But beneath the smiles and happy trots around the bases sat a man consumed with rage. For years, the baseball legend would shun his ethnic heritage and kept his family’s past a secret. Only when he’d begin to speak out on behalf of black players would he begin to slowly reveal his connections to his Mexican-American Southern California family and the experiences that shaped him.
A new PBS ”American Masters” documentary explores the life of Williams and his volatile relationships with his family and the press. The upcoming film uses rare footage and family interviews to paint a picture of an entangled figure who hid his past while enjoying the admiration of adoring fans. It includes unreleased color footage of Williams’ final game that was shot by a fan.
Williams, often called the ”greatest hitter who ever lived,” was followed closely by sports writers thanks to his superb slugging skills and John Wayne-like persona as a foul-mouth outdoorsman. But the future Hall of Famer regularly clashed with critical journalists and had public spats with his numerous wives. The slugger also lost prime years because of service in World War II and the Korean War – something that angered him.
”We wanted to know…who was this man, who had such an effect on so many people?” director Nick Davis said. ”He was so complicated and so full of contradictions and rages. Where did it all come from?”
The San Diego-born Williams played 19 years as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox where he won two American League Most Valuable Player Awards and twice took the Triple Crown. He finished his career with a .344 batting average and 521 home runs, both of which rank among the top in baseball history.
While many of Williams’ professional accomplishments and personal clashes were widely known, Davis said few knew about Williams’ ethnic background until Ben Bradlee, Jr.’s well-researched 2013 book, ”The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams.”
Davis said Williams kept his Mexican-American heritage a secret at a time when no black players were allowed in the major leagues and the Red Sox were owned by Tom Yawkey, a controversial figure who was the last owner to integrate a major league baseball team.
Williams was born to Samuel Stuart Williams Anders Lee Jersey , a white photographer and pickle salesman, and May Venzor, a Mexican-American Salvation Army devotee who often volunteered in Tijuana, Mexico, leaving Williams and his brother to fend for themselves with their alcoholic father, Bradlee said. His Mexican family ended up in San Diego as tension simmered before the Mexican Revolution began in 1910.
It’s a past Williams concealed until near the end of his life, said Bradlee. ”He was ashamed.”
After his sensational 1939 rookie year, Williams returned to San Diego to find around 20 of his Mexican-Americans relatives waiting for him at the train station. Williams took one look at them and fled.
Bradlee, who was among those interviewed for the film and who found some of Williams’ cousins, said the family remained proud of his on-the-field achievements.
”But you can see they were a little bit hurt that he had shunned them,” Bradlee said.
In the film Jake Dotchin Jersey , daughter Claudia Williams said she would sometimes ask her father about his mother. But he refused to talk about her, or his past, she said.
Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as soon as he became eligible. Williams wanted to use his speech to call for the Hall of Fame to recognize players of the Negro Leagues who had been excluded solely based on their skin color. Friends would say Williams, despite his own ambivalence about his own background, remembered the discrimination Mexican Americans faced in California.
But baseball officials wanted Williams to drop the reference. ”You don’t tell Ted Williams what he can and cannot do,” Claudia Williams said in the film.
Williams gave his Hall of Fame speech his way, and soon after, players of the Negro Leagues were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
American Masters ”Ted Williams: `The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”’ airs on most PBS stations on Monday.
Associated Press writer Russell Contreras is a member of the AP’s race and ethnicity team. http://www.officialusafootballs.com/baltimore-ravens