Trufant reunion brief as Isaiah injured

NOTEBOOK: Jets player from Tacoma leaves after hurting knee; brother Marcus has 2 tackles for Hawks

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comNovember 12, 2012 

SEATTLE – Isaiah Trufant’s first game at CenturyLink Field wasn’t quite the homecoming he anticipated

A defensive back for the New York Jets in his second season, the Tacoma native and graduate of Wilson High School got his first opportunity to play on the same field with older brother Marcus Trufant, a 10-year veteran for the Seattle Seahawks.

Their parents, Lloyd and Constance Trufant, anticipated having more than 60 family members and friends attend the game, including family members from Louisiana and Texas.

Youngest brother Desmond, who helped the University of Washington defeat Utah, 34-15, on Saturday night on the same field, also attended the game.

Marcus Trufant said he shared a few words with Isaiah before the game.

“We did the little high-five, good luck thing,” Marcus Trufant said. “We kind of banged heads a little bit.

“It’s a good feeling. It was one of those moments that I think we’ll never forget. Two brothers in the NFL, you get to play on the same field – it’s like a dream come true.”

Isaiah Trufant didn’t last long, however. Midway through the first quarter, he injured his knee while tackling the Seahawks’ Leon Washington on a punt return and had to leave the field.

Trufant went to the locker room to be examined further, and he did not return to the game.

Marcus Trufant finished the game with two tackles.

“I wish he could have played a little bit more,” he said of Isaiah. “You never want to see any of your family members get hurt, or anything like that. But he’s tough, so I think he’ll be all right.”

HAWKS RED-HOT IN THE RED ZONE

The Seahawks scored touchdowns on both of their trips inside the Jets’ 20-yard line as rookie quarterback Russell Wilson continues to make better decisions in the red zone.

In the past four games, the Seahawks have scored points on 11 of 12 possessions in the red zone – eight touchdowns and three field goals.

“I think we’ve been gradually getting better throughout the year,” wide receiver Sidney Rice said. “We started off a little slow. I think around the Carolina game, we started clicking, throwing the ball downfield and just running and passing – mixing it all together.

“We’re doing really well right now. We needed the second half of this game, to come out, execute the plays and put points on the board going into this bye week.”

EXTRA POINTS

The Seahawks had a few changes on the inactive list for Sunday’s game. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who went into the game listed as questionable because of a groin injury, was inactive. Rookie Greg Scruggs also was inactive because of an oblique strain. Scruggs was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. With those two guys down, rookie defensive tackle Jaye Howard was active for the first time. Tacoma native Jermaine Kearse, a graduate of Lakes High School, was active for his second straight game. Defensive back Walter Thurmond, recently taken off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, was inactive and will have to wait at least two more weeks to see his first action of the season. Outside linebacker K.J. Wright and offensive lineman James Carpenter were ruled out Friday because of concussions, and both were on the inactive list. Safety Winston Guy and offensive tackle Mike Person also were inactive for Seattle. … Defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) and receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) were active after missing the previous two games because of injuries. … Carroll reported no injuries after the game. The Seahawks will watch film today, then will be off for the rest of the bye week.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks

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