Brandon Browner takes a chance and ends up with a touchdown for Seahawks
Browner opted not to down the ball for a touchback when he recovered a fumble in the end zone, instead returning it 106 yards for a touchdown.
Seattle Times staff reporters
Brandon Browner could have taken a knee when he spotted the ball rolling free in the end zone.
But under Pete Carroll, it’s not really the Seahawks way to take the conservative way out.
“When I looked up I saw nothing but green ahead of me,’’ Browner said after he picked up the ball after a fumble by Denver’s Ronnie Hillman at the goal line. “I only saw offensive linemen, and I’ll always take my chances against offensive linemen.”
Browner got the ball and turned to the sideline, then sped for a 106-yard touchdown that sparked the Seahawks to a 40-10 win over Denver in an exhibition game Saturday night at CenturyLink Field.
“What a tremendous play by Brandon Browner,’’ Carroll said. “To have the wherewithal to get up and get going so quickly and go for it, that was a fantastic play.’’
It would easily have been a team record if it occurred in the regular season — the record is 82 yards by Antonio Edwards against Denver in 1995.
Browner also forced a fumble that set up another Seattle score.
Bates briefly in new role
The Seahawks rolled out a new — and brief — experiment during Saturday’s exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.
The experiment came in the form of a 6-foot-1, 220-pound wide receiver named Phil Bates who Seattle wants to try at fullback.
Bates had a solid training camp and used his size to shield off defensive backs and make catches. But the Seahawks have a crowded receiving group and saw a chance to give Bates a shot at fullback.
“This is little bit of long-range thinking,” Carroll said on Friday.
Bates, though, only played one play on Saturday. He shifted into the backfield to line up at fullback and caught a pass in the flat. But the pass was nullified by a penalty, and Bates had to leave the game after the play because of an ankle injury.
He didn’t return and was wearing a boot on his leg in the locker room after the game.
“He turned his ankle a little bit, but he’s going to be OK,” Carroll said after the game.
15 players sit out
Fifteen players were expected to sit the game out for the Seahawks: receivers Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Bryan Walters; running back Christine Michael; cornerbacks Tharold Simon and Ron Parker; defensive ends Bruce Irvin and Cliff Avril; linebacker Korey Toomer; guard James Carpenter; tight end Zach Miller and defensive linemen Chris Clemons, Jaye Howard, Greg Scruggs and Tony McDaniel. None was a big surprise.
• The game was delayed with 9:13 left in the first quarter when Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe was injured on a Seattle running play that took the ball to the Bronco 7-yard-line.
Wolfe was blocked initially by Seattle tight end Luke Willson and then, as he tried to regain his footing, by fullback Michael Robinson, and Wolfe fell facedown onto the field.
He was strapped to a backboard and taken off via ambulance.
Wolfe had movement in all of his extremities but was being tested for a cervical spine injury. The Broncos reported after the game that tests had not shown any significant injury and Wolfe would be able to return to the team.
• Other than Bates, Carroll said the Seahawks did not suffer any injuries.
• Former Seahawk and UW center Blair Bush raised the 12th Man flag.
• Jermaine Kearse carried the flag as the team ran onto the field.