Cable returns to work after back surgery

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--Seahawks assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tom Cable showed his toughness the past couple of weeks, as he recovers from extensive back surgery that he underwent on Sept. 26.

Cable is back on his feet and moving around during practice after watching from a cart last week.

"It was just an old injury that all of the sudden just got really bad," Cable said about the injury. "So your choice is either you lose your left leg, or you go get this done.

"Now you can move forward and I feel great. It obviously worked. The incision is a big one, so that's really the only negative left is kind of letting that heal up."

One thing that Cable has been pleased about is the improved play of his young offensive line, with first-round pick, right tackle James Carpenter and rookie right guard John Moffitt looking more confident and comfortable on the field.

Cable said the team's implementation of the no-huddle offense has helped that process.

"When you're young and you didn't have that growth period, or that teaching period with the offseason, then you have to make them go quick mentally," Cable said. "When they can go quick mentally their bodies will follow whatever the mind tells them to do, so it was just a matter of training them in a harsh way -- through speed and tempo and drills and they go so fast that the game slows down for you. Then when we started plugging that into the game, it has just taken off on its own."

--Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson still has not made it back on the field after suffering a high-grade pectoral strain against the New York Giants last week.

And with Jackson's availability uncertain, reserve Charlie Whitehurst is working in practice like he will be the starter against Cleveland in two weeks.

"I'll prepare like I'm the starter the next two weeks, and if they need me, I'll be ready," Whitehurst said.

But as Jackson's backup all season, Whitehurst has not been able to spend much time practicing with the starting unit. So, he polishes his skills whenever he can.

"You kind of do it in your hotel room, yourself," he said. "You can kind of call some plays and make sure you call formation things correctly.

--The league fined New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips $20,000 for his hit on Seattle tight end Zach Miller on an attempted catch on a seam route near the end zone last week. Miller had to be helped off the field, but later returned, only to be held out the second half.

Phillips was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the hit. Phillips said he will appeal.

Miller suffered a concussion and a neck issue, and has not practiced this week.

BY THE NUMBERS
97.8 -- The average number of rushing yards Seattle's defense is giving up per game, No. 9 overall in the league.

9-12 -- Pete Carroll's regular-season record since taking over as head coach of the Seahawks.

85 -- The percentage of catches for Doug Baldwin that have gone for first downs (17 of his 20 catches).

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's a new beginning for him, and hopefully he steps to the plate. I think down there he won't have all those high expectations that he had here so he can relax and just play ball." -- Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill on teammate Aaron Curry being traded to Oakland.

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