After finishing his weekly interview, Wilson quite literally turned the page when he returned to his locker, opened a binder and began highlighting portions of this week's plan for Dallas.
RENTON — The binder Russell Wilson held in his locker said more about his mindset than any answer he provided during his Thursday news conference.
For about 10 minutes, he was asked about all the particulars of his NFL baptism, from the heat applied by Arizona’s blitz to the pressure of that final drive that spanned 18 plays but wound up 4 yards short of victory.
“I’m past that now,” Wilson said in response to one question. “That was the first game, now it’s on to the next one.”
After finishing his weekly interview, Wilson quite literally turned the page when he returned to his locker, opened a binder and began highlighting portions of this week’s plan for Dallas.
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Wilson’s debut wasn’t a final judgment of his readiness, but rather a starting point. And how he plays in his second game will be crucial not just in determining the outcome, but showing how quickly he can grow and progress, whether it’s bouncing back from defeat or building upon success. This season is going to be a process in Seattle, one in which a team learns about its quarterback and a rookie learns about the league.
So what did coach Pete Carroll see from his rookie quarterback this week?
“He’s been just rock solid,” Carroll said. “I don’t see any change at all. I think if anything he feels more tuned in as he’s been there and done that and got that behind him.”
When a rookie starts at quarterback in the NFL, he doesn’t get to dip a toe in the water to test the temperature so much as he dives headlong into the deep end and starts paddling. And Wilson emerged from that first game believing that while it was a challenge, he wasn’t in danger of drowning in that opportunity.
“It wasn’t too big or too small or anything like that,” Wilson said. “It was another football game, another opportunity, 100 yards. It was my first NFL game, which is always cool to have, but it wasn’t any different.”
That start didn’t turn out as memorable as it might have been had he completed one more pass. Still, it was one of those unforgettable moments for a player.
“There’s nothing like the first game,” Carroll said
Receiver Golden Tate practiced throughout this week and will start at split end for Seattle after missing last week’s game with a sprained knee.
“He’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “It’s really pleasing to see that he is such a factor to us. Hopefully that shows up in the game as well. He’s just emerged as one of our better players, now we need to get that to show on game days.”
Left tackle Russell Okung practiced to a limited extent on Thursday and Friday, but his status Sunday will be a game-time decision as he recovers from a bruised knee suffered last week. He is listed as questionable, which means a 50-50 chance he will be available to start.
“We’ll go all the way to game time on that one,” Carroll said.
If Okung is unavailable, Frank Omiyale will start at left tackle. Tight end Zach Miller is also questionable because of a sore foot, which kept him out of practice the past two days, though Carroll indicated after practice that Miller will be fine.
Receiver Sidney Rice is considered a virtual certainty to play as he returned to practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday workouts with a sore knee.