No surprises here
With Hernandez active, there weren’t any surprises among the Patriots’ inactives. They had ruled out safety Steve Gregory (hip) and linebacker Tracy White (foot) on Friday, then downgraded receiver Julian Edelman (hand) and linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring) on Saturday to out. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) was ruled out after working in pads on the field in front of the team’s training staff well before the game; defensive lineman Jake Bequette and offensive lineman Matt Tennant were healthy scratches . . . Taking a page out of the Patriots book, the Seahawk won the coin toss and deferred to the second half . . . Like the Titans, the Seahawks have a celebrity raise the team’s “12th Man” flag just before the opening kickoff. Handling the honors was Walter Jones, an offensive tackle who played his entire career with the Seahawks (1997-2009), and made nine Pro Bowls . . . In a halftime ceremony, the Seahawks retired the No. 96 worn for 11 seasons by former defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy. It’s the third number to be retired by the Seahawks, joining Jones (No. 71) and receiver Steve Largent (No. 80) . . . Watching from the press box was Seattle resident Fred Couples, who learned recently that he’ll be inducted next year into the World Golf Hall of Fame.