Fourth-round draft pick Cassius Marsh, whom coach Pete Carroll singled out last week in Denver for excelling in the Seahawks’ exhibition opener, went down in the practice that just ended with a knee injury. A team spokesman said the rookie from UCLA will have a magnetic resonance imaging exam on the knee to determine the extent of the damage. But it didn’t look good.
Marsh — whom his UCLA coach Jim Mora said plays like “a wild horse rider at times” because of his relentless energy — got tangled with Lemuel Jeanpierre, who was playing guard today, and defensive lineman D’Anthony Smith at the end of the final play of a running-game portion of the helmets-and-no-shoulder-pads practice. All three went down in a heap, with Marsh staying down. After a minute of sitting up he went onto his back with his gloved hands over the top of his helmet in apparent frustration.
Marsh then got up and walked off the field under his own power into the locker room. He did not return to the field for any of the final hour or so of practice.
The 6-foot-4, 254-pound defensive end had four tackles and the Seahawks’ only sack last week against the Broncos in his first NFL game.
–In better injury news for the Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson was all smiles over the return to normal and full-go today wide receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin was flying around the field and catching most of what came his way one day after scaring everyone who saw it by limping off the practice field and into the locker room with what turned out to be a mere cut on the back of his heel from getting spiked while leaping with a defensive back for a pass over the middle. Harvin returned Tuesday in time to sprint freely down the right sideline on a long go route, and he looked just as smooth running today.
–Kam Chancellor was back full-go at safety in the team scrimmaging for the second consecutive day, participating in 12 plays. That was what coach Pete Carroll had said yesterday he was wanting to see, his steamrolling strong safety put together his first consecutive practice days since April surgery on his hip. Now that he’s done that Chancellor could return to the starting defense in an exhibition game, if not this Friday then likely next Friday’s at home against Chicago.
–Another positive: center Max Unger was alongside left guard James Carpenter and left tackle Russell Okung, as the Seahawks had their leaders of their starting offensive line on the field together for the second consecutive day — and second time since the Super Bowl. Unger, who missed from last Wednesday until this Tuesday with a groin injury, said he expects to play Friday in the second exhibition game against San Diego at CenturyLink Field.
Here is Wilson talking about “the offensive line really coming together now; we’ve got all our guys back” and saying he’s not concerned about the O-line — “sometimes at the quarterback position I have to stand in there and take some hits. That’s part of the game” — and on returning to play at CenturyLink Field for the first time since January’s NFC title game (“We know it’s going to be electric; it’s going to be fun … we are looking forward to seeing all those fans and seeing how nuts they are.”:
–Wilson had an exquisite, rainbow-like throw that hit Doug Baldwin in stride for about a 35-yard touchdown in tight coverage.
–Defensive back Jeremy Lane continues to make plays daily with as the fifth, “nickel” defensive back in the starting defense. After another pass breakup over the middle today, coach Pete Carroll ran from behind the offense’s huddle area across the line of scrimmage and 10 yards downfield to high-five Lane.
–Today was “family day” for the players and staff, with a barbecue lunch set up immediately after the final practice of the training-camp portion of the preseason. Earl Thomas, for one, had his dad here from Texas. How do I know? His University of Texas wide-brimmed hat and dry-weave shirt with ETIII on the front and “DAD 29″ on the back gave him away.
–WR Kevin Norwood, Seattle’s other rookie fourth-round pick, from Alabama, was not in the walking boot he’d been wearing while watching the previous two practices. Norwood had surgery last week to remove a bone spur in his foot, and Carroll had said then that he thought Norwood could return to practice before the end of the month.
–A.J. Jefferson, the free-agent cornerback who intercepted a pass and knocked down two others in a span of six plays last week at Denver, was hopping on crutches and a walking boot because of his badly sprained ankle. He gives the appearance that he won’t be back before the NFL cut-down dates (from 90 players to 75 on Aug. 26, and down to the regular-season limit of 53 players on Aug. 30), but neither Carroll or the team has estimated any time he may be out. Jefferson played for Minnesota last season before ending 2013 on Cleveland’s injured-reserve list.
–Mike Morgan continues to look good as the strong-side outside linebacker.
–CB Thomas “Trey” Wolfe, signed, cut and signed in the last eight days out of Division-II Fort Valley State, made a leaping, over-the-shoulder interception with one arm while crashing to the ground during individual drills.