Tight end Zach Miller #86 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter during a game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - While the return of WR Percy Harvin is the bigger focus for the Seattle Seahawks, the return of TE Zach Miller is already paying big dividends.
Miller returned to the lineup last Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals after missing two games with a hamstring strain. He put together his most productive game of the season against Arizona catching five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
"I think it was really obvious. I think Zach had a fantastic game for us," head coach Pete Carroll said.
"He’s a tremendous football player, he’s the kind of guy you can just count on every single time you go out whether it’s blocking, catching, or running, the whole thing."
Miller's presence was also a steadying force along the offensive line as well. Miller has proven to be a terrific blocker from the tight end position, both in pass protection and the running game.
Seahawks being careful with Percy Harvin:
The Seattle Seahawks are taking things one day at time when it comes to WR Percy Harvin.
Harvin is back practicing with the Seahawks after missing the first seven weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list with a hip injury. Everyone is excited to see what Harvin will be able to bring to Seattle's offense when he finally gets on the field, but for now the Seahawks plan to be cautious with his recovery.
"We’ll just go one day at a time and we’ll keep saying it because that’s really the truth," head coach Pete Carroll said. "It’s a day-to-day, almost a drill-to-drill kind of situation to see if we’re managing him properly; to bring him back. It would be great to see him play this weekend, but that’s not part of what we’re counting."
It's really one of the first times Harvin has been able to practice with the team. He was very limited in offseason workouts before having to have hip surgery on August 1.
The Seahawks need to make sure he's up to speed physically and from a conditioning standpoint before putting him on the field. While he knows the playbook, some of the finer details also need to be smoothed out before he'll be ready to play.
"There’s just little intricate details, week in and week out, that we change," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.
"He’s going to need the reps, he’s going to need to line up in practice, he’s going to see the looks from the defense that we’re presenting to him. Again, it’s a whole process that he’s going to have to go through. So he kind of knows the kindergarten level of one plus one is two, this is where I go, and this is kind of what I run. But, there’s so much more to it because we change it each and every week."
LB Bobby Wagner was limited in practice on Thursday and Pete Carroll is still uncertain of his status for Monday night's game. Carroll said Wagner is "way ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a high-ankle sprain but he's still day-to-day.
WR Golden Tate was back to full participation after leaving Tuesday's practice early with a sore shoulder. Tate injured the shoulder against the Arizona Cardinals.
T Breno Giacomini is finally making progress after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee last month. He had fluid removed from the knee two weeks ago and is improving. However, Carroll still isn't sure when he'll be back on the field.
"We don’t know that yet because we have to keep making progress, but he’s finally turning the corner. We’ll hope as soon as possible we’ll love to get him back out there.
St. Louis Rams
Did Not Particpate
RB Benny Cunningham (ankle)
CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh)
Did Not Participate
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (knee)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
LB Bobby Wagner (ankle)
WR Golden Tate (shoulder)
*WR Percy Harvin did not have to be listed as he is not a part of the Seahawks' active roster. He did participate in