Lots of stuff to report today, so let’s get into it.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addressed the recent news about Aaron Curry restructuring his contract, saying that it has had little affect on the team because it happened months ago, before the lockout began in March.
“That’s really old news for us,” Carroll said. “As far as I understand that was a long time ago when that happened. If you’re reacting to that now, understand that that happened months ago. That’s not news that’s pertinent to what’s going on right now to us.
“He’s doing great. He’s had a great camp. Like I said, he’s been at the top of his game in terms of preparation and dealing with everybody and handling stuff, and his mentality is great.”
All three of Seattle’s starting linebackers in Curry, David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill sat out of today’s fully padded practice because of sore knees. Carroll said that Curry and Hill likely will play on Saturday, but Hawthorne will be held out.
Carroll said that K.J. Wright would start if Hawthorne can’t go. However, Matt McCoy worked at middle linebacker with the first unit, with Malcolm Smith at weakside, outside linebacker and Mike Morgan worked at strongside. And Wright continued to work at middle linebacker with the second unit.
* Cornerback Walter Thurmond returned to practice today and was full go after sitting out for three weeks with a left ankle injury. Thurmond looked like he had his speed back in team drills, and could play against Denver this week.
“He was just lightning quick when he came out at the start of camp, and he looked it again today,” Carroll said about Thurmond. “We tried to keep control of his reps and stuff. We want to ease him through this week and see where we are with him, but it’s great to have him back out.”
* Carroll wouldn’t say for certain if quarterback Charlie Whitehurst would get time with the first unit this week against the Broncos.
“It depends on how the game goes,” he said. “I have got to wait and see how it works out. Right now I don’t know that yet. But I’m not worried about that. Charlie is functioning beautifully. He’s doing fine right now, and he’s pushing hard. He’s farther along than I thought he’d be this early. He’s very comfortable with what’s going on, and it just makes us stronger at the QB spot.”
Carroll again emphasized that Tarvaris Jackson remains the starter and there is no quarterback competition at this point.
Carroll said the starters could play as much as a full three quarters depending on the flow of the game.
* Offensive tackle Russell Okung suited up for practice but just went through a couple individual drills at the beginning of practice. Carroll said he will not play this week, but that he’s getting close.
“He’d have to make a pretty good turn for us to say, ‘Let’s go ahead and put him out there the following week,’ in a short week” Carroll said. “But that’s possible though. That’s a possibility, but we’re shooting for the opener.”
* Carroll said John Carlson (shoulder) is doing better and improving, and will try and play in the team’s last preseason game at Oakland.
* Safety Kam Chancellor also sat out practice with a sore foot, his status is uncertain for Saturday.
* Carroll said new linebacker David Vorbora is viewed as player that gives the team more veteran depth at linebacker, and also will get a shot to earn a post on special teams. Vorbora has experience in Seattle’s scheme from his time playing for current Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt while he served as head coach at Idaho.
“He’s a savvy football player,” Carroll said. “A really good special teams guy with flexibility and experience. I think it’s a real nice addition for us right now.”
* The Seahawks had their annual chip off in anticipation of the Boeing Classic being held in town this week. Senior golfers Jay Don Blake and Mike Goodes competed against Seattle players Charlie Whitehurst and Golden Tate.
And as you would expect, the guys who actually golf for a living came out on top, with Blake putting his offering 2 feet, 4 inches from the pin.
But Whitehurst came in second, clanking the flag stick and land his second shot at 8 feet, 4 inches.
Goodes came in third at 12 feet, 3 inches, and Tate, a left hander who actually plays right handed and holds his club cross handed, brought up the rear at 15 feet, 4 inches.
* Ben Obomanu (shoulder) and Chris Clemons (ankle) returned to practice after missing Saturday’s game and were full go today. Pierre Allen, A.J. Schable, Mike Gibson and Dexter Davis all missed practice today. Colin Cole, Deon Butler, Cameron Morrah and Roy Lewis remain on the PUP list.