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Information in this article, originally published August 10, has been corrected. A previous version of this story contained an error. Seahawk guard Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack strained his right hamstring, not his left, as a headline indicated Thursday. He is expected to be sidelined about a week.

Hawk Notes: Projected starter "Pork Chop" out again with injury

Seattle Times staff reporter

CHENEY — The good news is that this time, it doesn't appear to be major.

The bad news? Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack is injured again.

The man tabbed to be the new starting left guard for the Seahawks in 2006 strained his right hamstring during the Seahawks' nine-on-seven drill Wednesday morning at training camp, and team doctors told coach Mike Holmgren that Womack will be out for about a week.

"It's just an injury," Holmgren said. "When he comes back, we'll plug him back in there. He's our left guard if he's not hurt."

A huge setback this is not, but it is just another in a long line of injuries for the sixth-year pro. Projected to be the starting right tackle in 2005 before play began, Womack missed five games because of two different injuries last season — triceps and quadriceps. He missed six games in 2003 because of a toe problem, and has only once played in all 16 games of a regular season (2004).

This season, Womack went into camp as the No. 1 left guard replacing the departed Steve Hutchinson, even though he missed practice time in the offseason with soreness in the triceps. The latest injury, Holmgren said, is a first-degree strain, which is the least serious type of hamstring pull.

"You're concerned because that's the one thing that when he's had the opportunity to play, that has kept him from playing," Holmgren said of Womack. "He's in good shape, his weight's down now and I feel bad for him, because he's worked hard to be the guy. We need him, as a team, to be successful."

Assuming Womack can't play Saturday in the team's exhibition opener at Qwest Field, the Seahawks will either go with rookie fourth-round draft pick Rob Sims as the starting left guard or backup center Chris Spencer, who has been playing right guard and debuted on the left side after Womack had to come out.

"Chris has to get work at center, so I have to see," Holmgren said.

Tez to be honored

The Seahawks will hold a news conference Friday to announce that former defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy will be the newest member of the team's Ring of Honor.

Kennedy, a Seahawk from 1990 to 2000, is to be the 10th Ring honoree. He was named to a club-record eight Pro Bowls and was a three-time All-Pro.

Kennedy will be honored in a ceremony at a regular-season game this year; the date has yet to be announced.

Casullo's catch

Special-teams coach Bob Casullo's running catch of a punt had training camp abuzz all day after the morning practice.

"I see you, Bob," cornerback Marcus Trufant told Casullo as the coach left lunch. The statement is one way the Seahawks communicate congratulations to one another.

"He's still got a little athlete left in him," safety Ken Hamlin said of the 55-year-old Casullo.

"That what's you a call a catch right there. That was awesome," tight end Itula Mili said with a smile.

The catch allowed for a longer night for both the Seahawks — who got an extra hour of curfew — and Casullo — who admitted he was the assistant on curfew duty Wednesday.

Holmgren, too, was stunned.

"Was that unbelievable?" Holmgren said. "I told the team if you're in this game long enough, and you think you've seen everything, you're wrong. There's always something that can just blow your mind, and that blew my mind."

Four other assistants lined up to catch punts, with three catches needed for the curfew extension. Jim Zorn and Zerick Rollins made good and Casullo was the last man up.

"I picked Casullo," Holmgren admitted, thinking Casullo wouldn't make the play, "knowing that I wouldn't have to give them the extra hour. ... He took that as a challenge, and I liked it. What a riot."


• LB Isaiah Kacyvenski, who hadn't practiced since last Friday because of left quadriceps soreness, returned Wednesday.

• The Seahawks have limited MLB Lofa Tatupu's snaps in practice, but the starter will play Saturday. So will rookie CB Kelly Jennings, Holmgren said.

• TEs Mike Gomez and Keith Willis missed practice, Gomez because of a foot injury that required an MRI and Willis because he has the flu.

Copyright © 2006 The Seattle Times Company



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