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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

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Camp Mora: Day 4

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seahawks logo.gifSEAHAWKS TRAINING CAMP: Day 4 


Back-to-back problems: Backs are a sore spot around these parts. Seahawks logo.gif Especially back injuries in the exhibition season. Matt Hasselbeck's back began acting up in training camp last year. Same for starting center Chris Spencer. Both ended up out the final month of the season. This year, Marcus Trufant's sore back has left him unable to practice these first four days of training camp, and now Walter Jones is on the shelf after suffering back spasms Sunday.

"Walt was slated [Sunday] afternoon to go out and practice at a pretty high level," coach Jim Mora said. "He was going to get team work. He was going to do a good bit, and he just took a wrong step like all of us have done, and he locked up a little."

Jones had a magnetic-resonance image (MRI) taken of his back, but it's nothing more serious than spasms.

"Any time I say the word 'back,' I get a little tense," Mora said. "I'm sure I make everybody nervous, but he'll be out here as quick as he can.

It's tricky: T.J. Houshmandzadeh through caution -- and the ball -- into the wind on Monday, taking the ball on a reverse and then stopping to heave a pass toward Nate Burleson, who was double-covered.

"I thought Nate was going to make me look good," Houshmandzadeh said. "Instead, I made him look bad."

Safety Brian Russell came over to pick off the pass, cutting in front of Burleson to make the play. The coach's view of things.

"It looked good coming out of his hand," Mora said. "It didn't look good going into Brian's hands."

Expect to see more. Mike Holmgren wasn't much on trick plays, but Mora said that's going to be something the Seahawks will implement this season.

"We've got to be able to do some things like that," he said. "We've got to be able to make the defense defend the whole field, and so you'll see that. You'll see some reverses, you'll see some flea-flickers, you'll see some reverse passes.

"And we want to do it in practice so that we can teach a guy to make a good decision. When do I throw it and when do I tuck it away and run or when do I throw it away."

Quote of the day: Diminutive Deon Butler, the Seahawks' third-round pick, has a fan in Houshmandzadeh: "He can play," Houshmandzadeh said of the 5-10 Butler. "He's small in size, but he plays big and that's good. I'm looking forward to watching him play in the preseason because he's looked pretty good thus far, and I hope he does well, man, because I like the little dude. I like him a lot."

Sign of the times: First-round draft pick Aaron Curry remains unsigned, and coach Jim Mora steered clear of any opinion or input on Curry's decision-making process during negotiations.

"That's not for me to say," Mora said. "That's his decision. I would never give him advice on that at this point. I don't know him well enough. I don't think it's my position to get in between him and his agent. I don't think it's my position to get in between him and his agent. John Idzik does a tremendous job on our side of dealing with his agent. The negotiations are amicable. They're communicating. They're not contentious so for me to get involved would only complicate things.

"Aaron's a conscientious young man. He wants to be a good player. He knows it's important for him to be here, but he's also got to take care of business."

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