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Notebook: White will be familiar sight against Jags
Seattle Times staff reporter
KIRKLAND — Tracy White went from the Seahawks to the Jaguars in the span of a day after being released by Seattle and claimed off waivers last Sunday by Jacksonville.
It just so happens that White will be able to see his former teammates only a few yards away a week later, when he lines up on special teams for the Jaguars in the teams' season opener Sunday.
"It's real strange," the third-year linebacker said, "but everything happens for a reason. It brought me closer to home, and I'm excited to play for the Jaguars."
White, a backup at present, is from St. Stephens, S.C., three hours north of Jacksonville. He has worked with Jaguars special-teams coach Pete Rodriguez and assistant Mark Michaels when both were with the Seahawks, in 2003 and 2004.
"On one hand, it's going to be tough seeing him over there," Seahawks linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski said, "but on the other hand, I'm glad for him because he's worked so hard. He's going to have a home with coach Pete and Michaels over there.
"I wish he could still be here," Kacyvenski added, "but, unfortunately, that wasn't the case."
White appeared in 20 games as a Seahawk, with two starts last season. He had 10 solo tackles in his first career start last October at Arizona, along with a sack.
Dyson or Herndon?
Coach Mike Holmgren has yet to decide who will start Sunday at left cornerback, Andre Dyson or Kelly Herndon.
On Wednesday, Holmgren indicated that it would be a game-day decision. The two players, however, don't seem to be too concerned.
"It's different from the aspect that I've never been in this situation before," said Dyson, who has started all but two NFL games in which he has played in his four seasons. "But we've been going through this the whole preseason. We're both going to play a lot, no matter who's out there."
Many happy returns
Bobby Engram spent the past 3 ½ seasons as the Seahawks' main punt returner, but that duty is no longer his.
Now a starter on offense, Engram gives way to newly acquired receiver/return man Peter Warrick. And Engram, the Seahawks' career leader in fair catches with 77, has no problem passing the torch.
"I think it's going to be good for the team," Engram said. "I put in my time, and I'm always on call. But I think he's a guy who likes to do that, who kind of specializes in doing that, and I think he's going to do well for us."
The voice of choice
Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke sought a recognizable voice to bolster the team's image in various media, and the team found that voice in veteran actor Michael Clarke Duncan.
The 47-year-old star, who has been featured in such films as "The Green Mile," "Armageddon" and "Daredevil," was hired last month to do voice-overs for Seahawks TV, radio, Internet and live stadium productions.
Duncan, known for his 6-foot-5 frame and hulking physique, as well as his deep voice, has also provided his vocal talents for several animated films.
• DT Rocky Bernard has a sore right knee and is listed as probable to play Sunday. He practiced yesterday.
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