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SEAHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Womack back in action

Sidelined with a knee injury since the team’s Aug. 2 scrimmage, offensive lineman Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack worked through afternoon drills Tuesday with the Seahawks.

He said he tweaked his knee in the scrimmage when he came out of his stance wrong.

“It feels good,” Womack said. “It always feels good to get back to practice. You want to be on the same page as everybody out there. It’s never good to be on the sideline watching practice.”

Womack was at left tackle during team drills. He said he doesn’t know if he’ll play in Saturday’s exhibition against Chicago at Qwest Field.

Seattle has 15 offensive lineman available, after re-signing center Nick Jones on Tuesday. Jones fills the roster spot vacated when Marcus Tubbs was released.

Jones, a 6-foot-3 Georgia product, was in training camp last year but didn’t make the final roster.

Plackemeier gets reps

Punter Ryan Plackemeier, in his second day back, is a little rusty.

A third-year player out of Wake Forest, he was out with a torn pectoral muscle. He knows he has work to do to cement his job as starter. His competition, Reggie Hodges, is performing well so far in camp.

“I feel fresh, and that’s a good thing,” Plackemeier said. “I haven’t had to kick a lot. Obviously Reggie is in a tempo and is midseason form, and I need to get there.”

Plackemeier said he has healed and his mobility has returned, although Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren told Plackemeier to stay away from heavy lifting.

“They weren’t going to let me out here unless I could do pretty much everything,” he said. “The only thing right now is lifting heavy weights. Mike said stay away from that, you’re a punter and you don’t need to be doing that anyway.”

Jones looks to shine

Running back Julius Jones will make his first start for the Seahawks against Chicago. A free agent pickup from Dallas, he says the start will not change his approach.

“I’ll probably get the same amount of carries, I’m assuming,” Jones said.

Jones said a big part of rebuilding Seattle’s running game if for backs and linemen to play with attitude.

“We got some guys up front that’ll knock you out – Walter Jones, Mike Wahle, (Sean) Locklear, (Rob) Sims – those guys are just beasts up there. And (Steve) Vallos is doing a really good job stepping in. So us as a backfield, we’re just going to try to bring the attitude, and play off those guys.”

Extra points

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck missed his third straight practice with a sore back, but is sitting out just as a precaution. Charlie Frye and Seneca Wallace took reps with the first team. … Long snapper Tyler Schmitt (back) and fullback Leonard Weaver (hamstring) were new players who sat out Tuesday, along with Rocky Bernard, who missed afternoon drills after he injured his right ankle late in morning practice. … Fans are invited to fill a school bus with backpacks and school supplies for Communities In Schools of Seattle (CISS) when they attend the game Saturday.

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