Mora says Julius Jones still Seattle’s top RB
Everyone thinks the
Everyone except Jim Mora.
“No, Julius is our starter. He’s our starting running back,” Seattle’s coach said Monday, adding that he hasn’t even thought about demoting
Forsett has emerged as a diminutive dynamo while Jones, signed to replace
The 5-foot-8 Forsett, drafted in the seventh round out of California in 2008, ran for 123 yards three weeks ago at Arizona. Sunday at St. Louis, the 24-year-old filled in again for Jones and romped for 130 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns – all career highs – as the
Forsett had 123 yards total through seven games before Jones got hurt and was coughing up blood Nov. 15 at Arizona.
Yet Mora said Jones will not lose his job because of injury.
That’s even though the 28-year-old Jones has one 100-yard game this season, way back in the opener against the
“If he’s fully healthy, and he’s had a full week of practice, and everybody feels comfortable that he would be able to bear the workload that he would have to handle to be effective, then he would start,” Mora said of Jones’ status for Sunday’s home game against San Francisco (5-6).
“But that being said, Justin’s earned the right to carry the ball. … So we’re going to make sure he gets touches.”
Mora said he expects Jones to be able to practice this week – though he noted Jones also practiced last week before telling trainers before Sunday’s game he was “still feeling tenderness to the touch, pain.”
“I believe he will be ready, but I can’t say with 100-percent certainty,” Mora said.
Seattle’s Sunday was a revelation for a team that set a franchise low with just 4 yards on 13 rushes the previous week against Minnesota. The
Then again, it was against the 1-10
Even banged up quarterback
“There’s some gray area in this offense,” Hasselbeck joked. “That was my Mike Vick moment, (except) I got 15 yards downfield and I didn’t know what else to do.”
Mora, Vick’s coach with the Atlanta
“He did? He used those words?” Mora said. “I was not going to use those words.”
Seattle’s only injury news was that