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Curry misses fourth day of practice, DT Pitcock in the fold

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm with 40 Comments »
August 5, 2010 12:16 pm
Seattle Seahawks DT Quinn Pitcock (Joe Barrentine/TNT

Linebacker Aaron Curry missed his fourth day of practice since suffering a concussion during a collision with Justin Forsett in last Saturday afternoon’s practice.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expressed hope that Curry might return today, but it appears the team will continue to take a cautious approach in bringing Curry back.

As we reported earlier, the Seahawks signed defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock, who practiced this morning. To make room for Pitcock the ream released receiver Mike Hass.

We got to talk to Pitcock afterward, and he was frank in discussing his reasons for retiring from the league in 2008 while with Indianapolis at the age of 24, saying he was suffering from bouts of depression, and that he had used video games as an outlet.

Pitcock said his video game playing eventually became an addition that he needed help with, along with the depression. Pitcock said he still lived in Indianapolis after he stepped away from the game.

The Seahawks are working Pitcock, a third-round pick by the Colts who was an All-American at Ohio State, at the 3-tech position inside.

“I’m having a fun time out here today and the guys are very welcoming,” Pitcock said. “I think some guys don’t know my story, they just thought I got released by Indy. And that’s fine. I’m not trying to make it a big deal. I left quietly and I’d like to come in quietly and just show what I can accomplish with the team.”

On deciding to retire from football in 2008, Pitcock had this to say:

“I didn’t think I was good enough mentally for the team. So I thought it was best for the team and myself at the time that I left because I didn’t think I mentally ready for the game.”

Pitcock said he’s motivated to help a team now and just wants to get in there and show the Seahawks’ coaching staff what he can do.

With Day 6 of Seahawks Camp upon us, there’s still no word of an agreement between offensive tackle Russell Okung and the team, although indications are the two sides are working hard on a resolution that might have the Oklahoma State product in camp by the end of the week.

Third string quarterback J.P. Losman said he’s been pleased with the amount of work he’s been getting so far in camp. He continues to look sharp during individual and teams drills.

“The amount of reps that I’ve been able to get so far has been a lot,” Losman said. “I didn’t know what to expect during camp. I didn’t know how they were going to do it. But I’ve been going in there. I’m getting reps with the one, two and threes. I’m getting reps with everything. And I’m getting more and more comfortable with everybody, day in and day out, so it’s nice.

He’s also said he’s looking forward to playing against some guys with different color jerseys.

“We’re having a great time out here, all three quarterbacks, the whole team, everybody,” Losman said. “This is just a total different atmosphere than I’ve ever been around at this level, and we’re having a great time. But it will be nice to go out and showcase your talents against someone else, so we’re all looking forward to that as well.”

Another interesting development was running back Leon Washington working during full-contact drills for the first time this morning. He caught a couple balls out of the backfield and exploded up field, so he’s looking like he’s getting to full speed.

Players on the veteran maintenance program for this morning’s practice include Deion Branch and Marcus Trufant. Kevin Vickerson and Mansfield Wrotto also were on the sidelines.

Also, Matt Hasselbeck was limited today, with Losman and Charlie Whitehurst taking most of the snaps during 7-on-7 and team drills.

Some tidbits

* Jon Ryan kicked field goals today with Ruvell Martin holding for him as the team worked with the second team field goal unit.

* The team also worked on kickoff coverage during the beginning of practice.

* Cornerback Kelly Jennings had two nice deflections working against Mike Williams in 7-on-7 drills.

* Speaking of Mike Williams, he again flashed today, making two, nice catches on deep balls during team drills.

* Charlie Whitehurst made a nice drill during goal line drills to John Carlson on an out route for a touchdown.

* WR Kole Heckendorf had a nice touchdown catch on a skinny post, beating cornerback Walter Thurmond down the middle of the field.

Notes from practice
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  1. HawksKD says:

    Finally I will get to attend another practice! I’ll be at this afternoons practice… Thanks for all the updates. I’m surprised they released Hass. He looked to be a better fit than heckendorf… Then again I have only had the chance to be at the first one…

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Absolutely great news about Washington. And I like Carroll’s approach so far regarding resting veterans, so I would be surprised if he’s being rushed back at all. That’s fantastic.

    Now I’m a little concerned about Curry. I hope they are being supremely cautious with him, considering all the discussion about concussions recently. They have a way of recurring after the first “good” one as well. Let’s hope he’s back very soon.

    Addiction to gaming? I understand the desire to address his depression. It’s a debilitating illness that takes a toll on ones self and those around them, so I applaud getting help for that. But something about the inclusion of the gaming feels off to me. I hope I’m wrong, but something isn’t right here.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    HawksKD – Don’t be shy with the updates!

  4. jboard1 says:

    I’m a bit worried about curry as well. Hoping this doesn’t become a recurring issue as they are counting on him to be an animal again (first 3 games of last season). I’m hoping they are just being cautious with him due to the leagues rules regarding concusions.

    On a side note, i’m headed to the evening practice on saturday, and am so excited for it. Will be a treat to see the vmac in person and watch an NFL practice!

  5. variable575 says:


    With only 5 two-a-days and it being a new system, does it concern you in anyway with the amount of time they’re giving Charlie (and J.P. to some extent) with the #1’s?

    I know it’s great to rest vets like Matt(and needed to an extent), but it seems like they’re taking too many valuable reps away from Matt at the same time. Of course we expected some sharing(with the #1’s) but it sounds like more than just some, how do you see it from your insider perspective?

  6. “Kelly Jennings had two nice deflections working against Mike Williams in 7-on-7 drills”.

    Nice. Its about time Kelly started displaying some ball skills. This is good work for him against big Mike Williams. Was Kelly using a step ladder?

    And the good news on Leon Washington’s knee just makes everything seem possible, ya know?

  7. freedom_X says:

    In college Kelly Jennings did well against big receivers – he always matched up well against Calvin Johnson, for example.

    His 1st couple years in Seattle, Jennings showed decently against tall receivers too, as far as coverage (he has never done much as an interceptor.)

    But he regressed badly the 3rd year. Was that injuries? Was that when Mora came in as secondary coach? (actually, I think Mora had one good year as secondary coach, didn’t he?) Though I also remember the secondary being horrid the year before Mora took over as head coach, and wondering – if he can’t get the secondary to perform well, how’s he going to make the team as a whole perform well? He didn’t, as it turned out…. :(

  8. pmbunda says:

    @Dukeshire – No disrespect, but your comments about gaming lead me to believe that you are neither a gamer yourself nor have you been close to anyone who is.

    Depending upon the type of games being played, I’ve known many who have immersed themselves in the virtual world to simply avoid whatever pain they might be experiencing in the real world. Quite frankly, it’s the same reason that others end up getting addicted to drugs, alcohol, etc., and equally devastating to those suffering from depression.

    Like everything else under the sun (except maybe ‘Hawks fanaticism), gaming should be done in moderation.

  9. I’m also glad to hear that Jennings is coming along. With what I have heard about Thurmond, we could have a strong secondary soon as long as Trufant returns to his old self.

    I’m suprised that I have not heard anything about Thomas yet. He is supposed to be such a playmaker, but I haven’t heard his name once since he signed. How has he been doing in coverage?

  10. Ha! Pitcock was introduced to the real world. Even as a loser backup he was haulin in 500G’s. As an adolescent thumb plunger peddling naturals he made squat. Tell it like it is, buddy. Your not ready to dig a ditch and not equipped to reach the QB.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t disagree with what you are saying. There are legit addictions to gaming. Take these people as example;

    However, I know too how serious depression is and can be. And there is something about his comments (here and the TImes) that leave me feeling like there is more to this story. Perhaps I’m wrong as I’ve said, and I hope I am, but I’m leery. And whatever his mental state and what he went through is not my business, either. I hope he is well, and want him to have success (for selfish reasons, perhaps).

  12. You know.. I don’t care about his mental status. Send him to Bellvue or not. But he does not belong on this team, period. Our kids need not idolize a mental midget, period.

    Pitcock … here is a shovel .. ove yond is the soil .. find me some China ..

  13. williambryan says:

    I saw that Bill Levy was one of the officials working the hawks camp for the next few days. I realize its almost a whole new team since that unbelievable day, but please tell me Hasselbeck either hit him with a rogue pass or at least gave him a hard time!

    Also everyone else, I have lost a lot of hours to madden on my xbox over the years and have had a struggle letting go of it with a family around (two young boys). I had to ask my wife to hide it at one point. I’m pretty good now but if I turn it on at some point, i’m playing till 3 in the morning. I just can’t help it.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Did you quit your job? One that you had worked your entire life toward? Anyway, I’ve spent enough time theorizing his retirement.

  15. snydro22 says:

    If I had even a shred of respect left for Excile, it’s gone now.

  16. One brief second.. What is the purpose of making these kids finish college if this is a life only JOB? … but please continue Duke

  17. Dukeshire says:

    I have no idea what you are asking.

  18. elkhorn says:

    Wow excile, dont you think you are being kind of harsh?

  19. Not knowing all of the details other than Pitcock was a write in as back up for the DT at Indy. Would any normal person walk away from a 480G job. After a year off decides to come back… well yeah one has broughten up the signing bonus or money owed Indy.

    This silver spoon is a loser… time to adfust.. he will not win a spot on this team. Guitar man is better than the lot… stop listnen to the voices

  20. brought up

  21. HawksKD says:

    1st update: it’s freakin hot… Oh and looking for bill leavy to express some kind words…

  22. HawksKD says:

    Out – tatupu, curry, pawlek ben Hamilton, vickerson… More… Damn it I was hoping to watch Hamilton and vickerson work…

  23. excile, I make no claims about Pitcock’s football skills or work ethic, but clinical depression is a real disease. Its a chemical disease of the brain and no depressed person should be called a mental midget or a loser. I’m not talented enough to earn a spot on Pete Carroll’s practice field and neither are you. Pitcock is, so he deserves his chance.

  24. snydro22 says:

    Does everyone else appreciate the humor and irony in this little rant by excile?


    Excile, please do the world two favors –

    1. Dive headfirst into your computer monitor.

    2. Donate what’s left of your brain to science.

  25. HawksKD says:

    Whitehurst looks sharp today but Matt just threaded one over the middle to carlson in double coverage

  26. snydro22 says:

    I love the fact that excile made an amendment to his last post. I love that he changed “broughten up” to “brought up” in a separate post — meaning he went back and re-read what he had written, and THAT is the change he felt was necessary.

    Can’t stop laughing..

  27. HawksKD says:

    hass drive ends with hill staring him chin to chin. Didn’t see how that unfolded. Enter CW with a beautiful play action pass to schmitt how attempted to lower the boom on cox

  28. HawksKD says:

    CW drive ends with a zip to Kole Heckendorf over the middle. CW looks 10 times more comfortable than the first practice… No JP drive

  29. Dukeshire says:

    snydro22 – Lol.

    Thanks HawkKD.

  30. bird_spit says:

    HawksKD – Awesome reporting!

    snydro – I am LMAO, but not sure if I am laughing with excile or at him.

    I’m for any improvement on the DL. If a semi-depressed gamer can make this team better, I am all for it.

  31. HawksKD says:

    Hill all over an outlet pass to Julius tipped to I believe Thomas who made a diving interception… Definitley caused a ruckus from the D

  32. HawksKD says:

    Juice responds with 1 long run and a nice cutback up the middle…. Still wanna see forsett starting

  33. HawksKD says:

    Just an overall note truf looks very good

  34. where is excile coming from with this stuff?

    you know, i think theres something admirable about the way he gave up football and millions of dollars. I mean, i personally dont understand it, but im not the one walking in his shoes. The guy earned the right to play in the NFL himself through his youth, then college etc… its his choice if he wants to give it up. More power to him for not letting society decide what is best for his life.

    On another note, this guy was a solid player at Ohio State and can turn out to be another steal! I am very impressed with the front office thus far. They have picked up so many players with big time potential at dirt cheap prices and it looks like they are creating the right environment for these “project” players to reach their potential.

  35. snydro22 says:

    HawksKD, thanks a ton.. Excellent stuff..

  36. Wow.

    Not what I was expecting tonight. Disappointing for us true fans. I kind of feel sorry for Excile. This is the best Hawk Blog around. How ’bout a little Humble Pie, what do you say?

    Mental illnesses like Depression are very real. I kind of knew about it, but my perspective has changed after going through it. Humility has taught me that I’m not out of the woods yet, but it’s gotten a lot better.

    I remember back when Kendall Gill of the Sonics had come down with depression. Fresh out of college, I too questioned a spoiled rich athlete’s self despair for ‘getting’ to join a still pretty young GP and Kemp on their way to what was sure to be championship run after championship run. All right…I’m a homer, but you get my point. I think he’d just signed a contract for twenty something million…what the hell could HE be depressed about?

    If you’ve never been through depression or sought out to understand a close friend or family member’s personal battle with this underrated disease, quite honestly you just don’t have a clue. Do your homework before you spew your consistently worthless venom. It bores us to tears.

    Snydro – Selective…but often on target. Every good blog appreciates a contributor like yourself.
    Dukeshire – Timely commentary, I assume independently wealthy since your so frequent and also great at protecting this site’s integrity. Stay true.

    I’d never heard of Quinn Pitcock until today, but I find him kind of inspiring. Imagine if he makes it and is actually good? Think of how great the story would be to share with so many people that are battling it now on a daily basis? Addictions of any kind are not easy and gaming can be as challenging as anything. I hope he makes the team, but he’ll have to earn it, just like everyone else.

    Schneider and PC are staying true to their word. They’re going to create the most competitive environment possible and they’re willing to give guys another chance. We should all try and compete within ourselves to do the same in our own personal daily lives. Only then will your blog credibility grow.

    Until then…


  37. snydro22 says:

    joreb – contribute more.. Well thought out, logical and insightful post. Appreciated.

  38. joreb – sorry to here about your condition. Terrible things this world dishes out. Have my own struggles that have cost me dollars (and sense) but on this football forum I’m sure not going to make others suffer through hearing about them.

  39. snydro .. give it a rest You wish to badger Bobby A over a petty $20 bet. Have at it. I wouldn’t pay up either. Why? I couldb’t just pull a bill outta my wallet and hand it over. Sorry Pal your just not that importantant to go out of the way for.

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