More sad news on the injury front today. University of Washington product Isaiah Stanback suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the early portion of this afternoon’s practice, ending his bid to earn a job on his hometown team.
Stanback, 25, suffered the injury while coming out of his stance working during individual drills and had to be carted off the field.
A fourth round draft choice by Dallas in the 2007 draft, Stanback spent two seasons with the Cowboys but was cut by the team in September 2009.
New England signed Stanback to the team’s practice squad two days later, and he played sixt games for the Patriots before the team released him in March of this year. Seattle claimed Stanback off of waivers in June.
Stanback’s injury the second Achilles injury for the Seahawks in three days. Linebacker Anthony Heygood tore his left Achilles during Thursday’s practice after the team signed him back to the 80-man roster.
The team reported that Heygood had successful surgery today at Seattle Surgery Center, performed by team doctor Ed Khalfayan.
With Stanback out the Seahawks now only have eight healthy receivers in camp.
The Seahawks also made a couple roster moves today. Seattle released offensive guard Adrian Martinez and waived/injured Ryan Powdrell. Seattle signed tight end Nick Tow-Arnett and linebacker Alvin Bowen have replaced them on the 80-man roster.
Tow-Arnett is a University of Minnesota product who caught 57 balls for 865 yards and four TDs for the Gophers. His last stint in the league was with Dallas.
Bowen was a fourth-round pick by Buffalo in the 2008 draft. He spent his rookie season on the injured reserve (knee) with the Bills, and spent last year with Washington’s practice squad.
On the field, the Seahawks worked through a steady rain this afternoon in shoulder pads and shorts. As a result of the bad weather, play was a little sloppy, with some dropped passes and fumbled snaps. But defensive tackle Colin Cole said the team still got some work done while dodging rain drops.
“Sometimes you have to deal with the elements,” Cole said. “At some point of this season we’ll probably have to play in a wet game. Some time this season if things go the way we supposed to we might have to play in the snow. It’s just the way it is. And you adjust to it and keep playing.”
DT Kevin Vickerson, LB Joe Pawelek, DE Lawrence Jackson, WR Marcus Maxwell, DE E.J. Wilson and LB Aaron Curry are on the sidelines with injuries.
Lofa Tatupu, Matt Hasselbeck, Leroy Hill, Deion Branch and Ben Hamilton are on the veteran maintenance program.
There’s not much to report in terms of practice. One player who continues to make plays is tight end Cameron Morrrah. He made another nice catch on a seam route over the middle of the defense from Charlie Whitehurst, and seems to be a nice fit for offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ two tight end sets.
“Everything is going well,” Morrah said. “I’m just trying to take my game to the next level and get out here and compete with everyone else.”