That’s coach Pete Carroll after practice today accepting the social-media phenomenon that is the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to promote awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And that’s quarterback Russell Wilson and tight end Zach Miller doing the dumping.
As USA Today and others reported today, Justin Timberlake, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart and the Kennedys have been among the many to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. It has helped raise $2.3 million for the national ALS Association in just two weeks. Even President Obama received the challenge, from the Kennedy family. Carroll got his challenge Monday from USC coach Steve Sarkisian, his former assistant with the Trojans.
The ice-bucket dump was part of an all-around feel-good day at Seahawks Land — which came less than 24 hours after a not-feeling-so-good Monday.
–While Marshawn Lynch practiced this morning, the team released a statement through its public-relations office that the assault accusation from a Bellevue woman against Lynch that the Bellevue Police Department said yesterday it is investigating is “bogus.” That’s strong language the team would, obviously, use only if it was certain the accusation was base-less. My earlier blog post details one potential reason the team feels this way.
–Oh, yeah, the football: Safety Kam Chancellor was back at his starting safety spot practicing fully with the defense in the team portion of scrimmaging for the first time since his offseason hip surgery. The wrecking ball of a hitter on the last line of defense told me that while he’s not completely back to full-go, “it’s getting there. I’m not sore.” Carroll also saw today as a good sign for Chancellor and the defense, though he acknowledged the team will take its time in bringing the 2012 Pro Bowl safety back into game action. (Carroll, by the way, was bemused when I asked him how “conservative” the Seahawks might be in bringing Chancellor back; seems there isn’t much about Chancellor’s game that is “conservative.”). My sense is that Chancellor won’t play in Friday’s exhibition against San Diego but may next week at home against Chicago. As you know, that third preseason game is usually the one semi-extensive (into the second half) “dress rehearsal” for an NFL team’s starters prior to the games getting real.
–Starting left tackle Russell Okung was also back today with the “ones” in full-team scrimmaging for the first time in this camp. He had offseason surgery on his toe and foot. Okung, starting left guard James Carpenter (calf) and starting center Max Unger (groin) were alongside each other in team scrimmaging for the first time since last Tuesday. So the entire starting line, as of right now, was intact and full-go today — with J.R. Sweezy at right guard and rookie second-round pick Justin Britt still holding off veteran Eric Winston at right tackle. That’s 60 percent more of the starting line than played last week at Denver. I wouldn’t be surprised if all five start Friday against the Chargers.
–Lynch did a lot of running with downfield pass-route running and catching again. That’s two practices in a row of his most extensive work in this camp. Carroll says his star running back looks “very good,” though that doesn’t necessarily mean Lynch will play Friday. Next week against Chicago seems likely, though.
–Even the one dark cloud that came over practice — OK, it did rain some on it — turned out to be better than it first appeared: Percy Harvin left the field with a trainer and walked into the locker room with a slight limp after getting tangled with a defensive back at the end of a pass play on the damp grass. But Harvin jogged back onto the field about 20 minutes later and then the wide receiver sprinted down the right sideline on the final play of practice. Carroll said Harvin merely got stepped on and “scraped up pretty good” on back of his heel.
There were no other apparent dings from practice.
–Programming note: South Sound resident Chris Egan of KING5 Sports was kind enough to have me film with him a couple-minute roundup of today’s practice. So if you are curious about the new guy behind these typed words you may be able to learn more tonight on Channel 5’s sports reports.