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Originally published Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 12:00 AM


Seahawks interrupt honeymoon for deep-snapper

Deep-snapper Tim Lindsey was on his honeymoon this week when the Seahawks called and summoned him to camp.

Seattle Times staff reporter

KIRKLAND — The honeymoon lasted an hour at the most.

Tim Lindsey and his wife arrived in Florida on Tuesday, rented a car and were halfway to the Sandestin Beach Hilton when they stopped at Red Lobster for lunch.

"We got a phone call before we even walked in the door," Lindsey said.

The Seahawks were on the other end, offering a job. Rookie Tyler Schmitt's back was hurting, preventing him from practicing, and that left Seattle in a lurch at long snapper, so they called Lindsey.

He ate his meal at Red Lobster — coconut shrimp, stuffed mushrooms and a glass of water — and then they turned around and headed back to the airport. Lindsey was on a flight at 4:30 and on the field for Seahawks practice Wednesday. Linebacker Eric Wicks was released to make room on the roster.

The good news: He gets a second chance with the Seahawks after spending much of this past offseason on their roster.

The bad news: His wife, Casey, had their honeymoon unplugged before it even began, and she flew back to Philadelphia and turned the ringer off on her phone.

"She's OK now," Lindsey said. "She was happy I get to do what I've always trained for, but sad in the sense we'd planned for this for a while."

They met in college at West Virginia. He played football and she was a gymnast. They were married on June 7, but held off on a honeymoon, waiting until August when she had a break in her nursing schedule and he still wasn't at any training camp.

"It almost seemed like the safest time to go," he said.

On Monday night, Casey and Tim were at her family's house in Philadelphia and joked that some team would end up calling the next day. Sure enough, the Seahawks did.

So he's out the honeymoon plane tickets and the hotel cost, but he's got an opportunity that he's planning to maximize. The Seahawks signed him in January, but released him after the draft. "I loved this place," he said. "And it's nice to come back to a group of guys I already know."


Excessive absences

Right tackle Sean Locklear did not practice Wednesday because of soreness in his right knee. Add him to the list of injured offensive starters that includes center Chris Spencer (back), quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (back), fullback Leonard Weaver (hamstring) and receiver Deion Branch (knee).

Throw in Bobby Engram and that's a half-dozen front-line players who are currently unable to practice.

Plack is back

Punter Ryan Plackemeier was activated this week and did his most extensive punting Wednesday.

"He's punting better right now than he did last year," said Bruce DeHaven, Seattle's special-teams coach. "The third year is usually a lot of times the year that punters start to kind of get it all together."

Plackemeier averaged 45 yards as a rookie in 2006 then dropped to 40 last season, though he did place more punts inside the 20-yard line. DeHaven said the changes in long snappers might have affected him. The team went through three last season.

"People don't understand how important a snapper is to a punter," DeHaven said. "It's really even more important than a kicker because you get the ball back to the holder and you put it down in the same spot every time and there's some variance on the timing. But with the punter, if the snap's not right on him, he has to move his feet to catch it. Once he moves his feet, he has to reset."

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364

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