We had a bit of news after practice, as Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that wide receiver Deion Branch did indeed have a knee surgery, his third surgery in a little over two years. Carroll said that Branch had arthroscopic surgery last week.
“He had a little something to clean up after the minicamp,” Carroll said. “He didn’t hurt himself at all, but there was a little something in there that if they could fix up and clean up for the long haul, it was a really good decision. So we did that.”
Carroll did not give a timetable for when Branch would return to the field.
Carroll also said that T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who sat out of the team’s pre-draft minicamp two weeks ago and did not workout today, had surgery last week in Philadelphia for athletic hernia, and should be back in a few weeks.
“It kind of cropped up late last year and lingered through the offseason and didn’t improve, so we sent him back to Philadelphia to get the work done,” Carroll said about Houshmandzadeh’s injury. “We’re really happy about the surgery and all of that, and we’ve got to get both of those guys back and well.”
Others who did not participate in the two-hour practice include wide receiver Ben Obomanu, defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, cornerback Walter Thurmond and running back Leon Washington.
Running back LenDale White looked good in his first team reps with the offense, breaking a long run at one point that brought some ‘oohs’ from the players on the sideline.
Carroll said White is 218 right now, although White said himself he’s 225. Either way, he looks good on the field and appears to be moving well.
Safety Lawyer Milloy said the reason he signed with Seattle this early into the offseason is he believes that he can compete for more playing time by being involved in the off-season workout program now.
“The reason while I’m here early in camp is that I at least have a chance to compete to get out there,” he said.
Milloy also said he’s also willing to serve as mentor to young safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
Here’s a couple tidbits from practice.
*Golden Tate looked as good as advertised in terms of is explosiveness. He got deep on Josh Wilson during 7-on-7 drills down the side line for a long catch, and made another nice catch between Marcus Trufant and Jordan Babineaux for a long gain. But he also struggled getting the right depth on routes and dropped a few balls during team drills. Houshmandzadeh worked with Tate on his route running in between snaps. Tate also looked very comfortable catching and returning punts.
*Trufant had two interceptions during team drills and appeared to be moving better than he did at the end of last season, when he struggled with the defensive holding penalties.
* Rookie safety Kam Chancellor passes the eye test, looking all of 6-3, 232 pounds. Think Adrian Wilson in terms of size.
* Rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung showed great knee bend, getting low in his stance and looking good in run blocking drills. Okung did struggle however against the speed rush with guys like Aaron Curry. Remember, it’s early.
*The Seahawks appear to have gotten a steal in tight end Anthony McCoy, who caught the ball well and looked explosive in passing drills.