Well, linebacker Anthony Heygood didn’t make it through warm-ups this morning. The Seahawks released LS Matt Overton and brought him back on Tuesday, and he suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the morning practice.
He’ll be waived/injured and likely make his way to the injured reserve list. So a sad day for Heygood.
Heygood was part of a long list of players who did not practice this afternoon, as the bumps and bruises begin to pile up now that we are at Day 6 of Camp.
LB Aaron Curry (headaches), DE Lawrence Jackson, DT Kevin Vickerson, RB Louis Rankin, LB Joe Pawelek and S Kam Chanceller all did not fully participate in practice today.
CB Walter Thurmond, RB Leon Washington, WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, C Ben Hamilton, Ray Willis and LB Lofa Tatupu are on the training camp maintenance program and did not fully participate in practice this afternoon.
Former University of Washington basketball player Spencer Hawes attended practice this afternoon. We also had several national football writers in the house today, including Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, Jarrett Bell of USA Today and Steve Wyche of the NFL Network, so be on the look out for their perspective pieces on the Seahawks.
Back to practice, I thought backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst played the best he’s been so far during training camp. He made several nice throws on the run today, moved around well in the pocket and looked poised during two-minute drills. It appears things are finally clicking for him and the game is slowing down.
Running back Justin Forsett continues to look explosive running the ball. Forsett said after his wedding he went back to his hometown of Dallas and worked with Michael Johnson at his performance center to work on his technique.
“I wanted to work on my long-range speed,” Forsett said. “And make sure when I break out I can finish it off. I want to be able to finish plays, whether it’s breaking it with speed or running over people or making people miss – anything that’s going to get me to the next level and take my game to the next level. Every day I want to be better than the day before, and I want to get better than last year.”
One thing Forsett has done is taken several hard licks in camp, including the two collisions with Aaron Curry last week. But each time he gets up, keeps running and never says a word.
“These safeties and corners are coming down on me pretty tough right now,” he said. “But it’s only going to make me better and make them better, and I’ll take it and get up and keep working.”
Forsett said he lost a couple pounds, from 198 last year down to 195 this season. He also talked about working with offensive line coach and zone blocking guru Alex Gibbs.
“He’s real big on the little things,” Forsett said. “Making sure my shoulders are parallel of the line of scrimmage on certain things so I can see the whole field. And the cutbacks are going to be there in the zone scheme, and to make sure that we don’t miss those.
“It’s been good, though. I love the way he coaches. He makes everybody excited around him, and I’m excited to learn from him.”
* TE Cameron Morrah made some nice plays in the passing game today. He had back-to-back plays during one drive where Whitehurst found him for long gains, one on a delayed bootleg and the other a crossing route.
* Deon Butler and Golden Tate worked as a tandem on kickoff return today.
* Leroy Hill had a couple nice plays rushing the passer today.
* Deion Branch made a nice, diving catch on a seam route from Matt Hasselbeck during 7-on-7.
* Kennard Cox made a nice interception off a deflected pass intended for Julius Jones.