Seahawks, Redskins remember dust-up before last season's game
Players had to be separated before Seattle and Washington played last season at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle Times staff reporter
There's a little bit of history between Seattle and Washington, and not just because Seattle has won two playoff games against Washington in the previous seven years.
Before the teams played on Nov. 27 last year in a regular-season game at CenturyLink Field, players had to be separated before the coin toss. After the game, Washington's players said it was because they had stomped on the Seahawks' logo before leaving the field during warm-ups.
On Thursday, fullback Michael Robinson — who was one of the Seahawks who had to be held back last year — indicated it had more to do with something Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall said before the coin toss.
"You got a little girl out there, you got to watch your mouth, man," Robinson said. "You're not going to come in our stadium and disrespect us like that. That's kind of how it was. It went from there."
There was a child at midfield before the coin toss, and she was ushered away by one of the team's photographers after tempers flared.
Hall was interviewed by a Washington radio station this week and he brought up that confrontation.
"I can remember going up there last year and almost fighting at the coin toss," Hall said, "so they don't like us and we don't like them. It's going to be a heck of a game."
Will there be an emotional carry-over to the 1:30 p.m. game at Washington?
"You kind of got to see what happens on Sunday, man," Robinson said.
• The Seahawks expect to have all 53 players on their active roster available Sunday. Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and cornerback Jeremy Lane (knee) are each listed as probable.
"We're about as healthy as we could get," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
That goes for more than just this week, but also this season. Seattle has lost only five players to injury since the regular season began, most of them reserves.
"We're very, very fortunate," Carroll said. "You're going to look at I think the same 11 on both sides that started the season."
Carroll said that Marcus Trufant will be the team's fifth defensive back used in nickel formations.
• The Eagles announced they have requested — and have received — permission to interview Gus Bradley, Seattle's defensive coordinator.
Teams are forbidden this week from interviewing assistant coaches whose teams are playing in the wild-card round of the playoffs, but they can interview beginning next week.
Bradley is the longest-tenured member of Seattle's coaching staff, hired as defensive coordinator under Jim Mora in 2009.
• Seattle had one of the league's best run defenses for the first six games, allowing an average of 70 yards per game and 3.3 yards.
Since then? The Seahawks have allowed 122.9 rushing yards per game, 5.1 per carry. Has Seattle gotten its run defense straightened out?
"We'll find out," Carroll said. "This is the best running team there is."
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