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News, notes and quotes: Okung and Giacomini back at practice

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm with 23 Comments »
November 6, 2013 2:00 pm

As expected, Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini will return to practice today. Pete Carroll doesn’t think Giacomini will be ready for Sunday. But, obviously, having both back at practice is a significant step for the Seahawks.

Percy Harvin had a “good” workout this morning, but won’t practice today. Carroll reiterated they are taking it day-by-day with Harvin. Carroll said Harvin is in “Phase 2″ of his rehab process, then went on to say he didn’t know how many phases there were.

When asked if he thought Harvin would be back this season, Carroll said, “I think it’s just a matter of time.” He said the Seahawks are trying to be sure Harvin is 100 percent ready to work out wide where he could take big hits and will be asked to me explosive plays. Carroll also said Harvin’s surgically repaired hip is not giving him any problems.

> Carroll said they are finding ways to work linebacker Malcolm Smith back into the mix, particularly when he is paired with K.J. Wright.

> Center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant will not practice today. They are still being assessed following concussion symptoms from Sunday’s game.

> Carroll said fullback Michael Robinson had a “particularly good” game Sunday and that you can see the chemistry between him and Marshawn Lynch.

> Carroll said he heard back from the league about the pass interference call up the sideline on Earl Thomas on Sunday. The league said it should not have been called. Essentially, it comes down to interpretation of Thomas’ inside arm and whether it’s impeding the progress of the receiver. In Thomas’ case, on that play, he was feeling for the receiver and not impeding (or applying an “arm bar” as the language goes) to slow him.

> The Seahawks will have Jeron Johnson practice this week in hopes he can play next week. Derrick Coleman is still a ways away, Carroll said.

> Rookie Alvin Bailey will continue to work in some at left tackle.

> Carroll said he’s always had certain games stick with him, kind of using those memories as motivation. The playoff loss to Atlanta last year is one of them.

> Wide receiver Doug Baldwin spoke about the situation with his friend and former teammate Jonathan Martin in Miami.

“Just to generalize the question I guess I would say that I’m extremely disappointed in the reaction that I think has been generated from this entire event,” Baldwin said. “I’m trying not to say too much about it but I think a lot of people might look at Jonathan Martin and think that he’s soft because he stepped away from the game, say ‘why don’t’ you just fight him?’ Well if you look at it with common sense and being logical, what options did Jonathan Martin have? He could either fight Richie Incognito. He could go and tell on the players, which we know in the football locker room doesn’t go over well.

“Or he could remove himself from the situation and let the proper channels take care of itself. And I think he made the intelligent, smart choice without putting himself or Richie Incognito’s physical abilities in danger. I know Jonathan Martin as a person, I know his character, I know he is a great guy, a great friend of mine, and he’s never been in trouble. I can only speak about him. So for this situation to be as serious as it has become, it has to be something serious that is going on.”

Baldwin elaborated on his disappointment in some of the reaction.

“I think there’s some reports that have been coming out saying Jonathan Martin was ‘soft’ or the way he handled the situation, he couldn’t take the verbal abuse or whatever it may be. I don’t know the specifics of what happened, so I don’t want to speculate. But, at the same time, we saw the voicemails, the text messages, for anybody to say that you can’t handle it, that you’re soft because you can’t handle it, that’s ridiculous to me and it’s disappointing that our society even has to question that. It’s pathetic to me, actually.”

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  1. yankinta says:

    I predict a blowout on the road at 10AM, Seahawks win 33-13…. :)

  2. thursday says:

    Was hoping to see Baldwin’s comments here about Martin, but hey I’ll just link it: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1rr73nf

  3. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Blowout of birthday candles maybe…… Hey one can hope these guys don’t get taken to the buzzer three weeks in a row.

  4. SandpointHawk says:

    Sign Martin…

  5. yankinta says:

    LVHawk,, thanks for the link. That was a good read. But compared to his other SI articles, I like this one the least… but that’s just me… :)

  6. thursday says:

    @sandpointhawk i’m starting to agree. why not? if baldwin vouches for him, i’m willing to take his word

  7. pabuwal says:

    Who loses snaps if Malcolm Smith gets more time? Wagner?

  8. SandpointHawk says:

    We have two Stanford grads that are doing just fine in Pete’s New Age environment. His personality test scores were great…What have we got to loose?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/06/pre-draft-personality-tests-showed-no-red-flags-for-martin/

  9. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Except he is still employed by and on the Dolphins and even if he gets released would have to pass through waivers. There are a lot of teams ahead of Seattle that would probably put in a claim. Not going to happen.

  10. WiscCory says:

    Yes – Wagner loses snaps. The stats show that opponent rush yards are much higher when Wagner is on the field. He must not be completely healthy, or completely confident yet.

    Also, We don’t need to sign any new lineman at this point. The tackles are back to practice today, and adding a new person to the mix will set-back more than secure the current bandaid.

  11. MoSeahawk12 says:

    This seems like a direct violation and invasion of privacy to me. HR info should remain private. Any one here want a firm giving up your psychological evaluation?
    I think some might be locked up……

    Alex Marvez of FOX Sports obtained a copy of Martin’s test report provided to teams from Human Resource Tactics, a North Carolina-based firm which several NFL teams use.

  12. montanamike2 says:

    I think either Wagner is still hurting or he is going through his sophomore slump. It’s obvious that Malcolm Smith has to get more snaps either way.

  13. banosser says:

    Yep… pretty obvious Wagner’s gap discipline was ‘questionable’ at best

  14. You’re welcome Yank. I agree, this was a great article. I’m really happy that SI is allowing someone outspoken like Sherm state his opinion. He brought up some great points.

  15. “When asked if he thought Harvin would be back this season, Carroll said, “I think it’s just a matter of time.” He said the Seahawks are trying to be sure Harvin is 100 percent ready to work out wide where he could take big hits and will be asked to me explosive plays.”

    Pete can’t even commit that Harvin will play again this year?? Ugh. This situation is starting to really frustrate me.

    Agree w/Carroll’s comments on MRob. I was re-watching a bunch of the game, and on quite a few of Marshawn’s successful runs it was MRob’s block that was the key one. He’s a very important element of our run game. Glad he’s back.

  16. Thought Mike Rob played well. Good to hear Pete confirm it. Glad the NFL fessed up to that BS PI call as well. Absolute textbook coverage.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Wagner had been playing really well until the injury. People have been a bit quick to jump off the wagon with him. That said, Wright and Smith pair very well together. I’ll look forward to seeing the rotation Sunday.

  18. Agree re Wagner – and the TB back still had to get through the heart of our D-line on many of those runs, so while the LB’s bear some blame, it was already a 4-5-yd gain before it even got to them.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think Irvin is the problem. He may be a great athlete that can put up great numbers every once in a while however I think he messes with the chemistry of the defense.
    I may be wrong but I would like to see Smith get more playing time.

  20. ChrisHolmes says:

    “Except he is still employed by and on the Dolphins and even if he gets released would have to pass through waivers. There are a lot of teams ahead of Seattle that would probably put in a claim. Not going to happen.”

    Exactly. We have zero shot of him landing on our team.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Thursday. In Baldwin I trust.

  22. The bye week is going be huge. I they’ll be saying bye to the rest of the nfc in the seedings.

    I think 13-3 wins hfa, and all Seattle has to do is go 5-2, and it is very, very likely that they do.

    They NEED to beat new Orleans and Atlanta, and even if they lose @sf, they can still clinch, imo.

    I hope Dallas and Carolina hand out beatings.

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