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June
15th

Seahawks start only mandatory minicamp–but grounded inside team HQ for 1st 2 days of it

Spending almost all this week at Chambers Bay to help cover for The News Tribune what is shaping up to be a U.S. Open unlike the previous 114 golf championships.

But Thursday I will leave the golf for a day to be back at my usual post, at Seahawks headquarters in Renton for the team’s only mandatory minicamp before training camp begins at the end of July.

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Nov.
1st

Seahawks may need a healthy safety — or two — for pass-happy Raiders

The Seahawks have a few hours hours before they have to have their active roster set for tomorrow’s 1:25 p.m. game against Oakland at CenturyLink Field. Last week they signed wide receiver Phil Bates off their practice squad and put fullback Derrick Coleman on injured reserve on a Saturday, the day before the win at Carolina.

This weekend the needy position is safety. Seattle is down to three healthy safeties: Earl Thomas, Eric Pinkins and Steven Terrell. Terrell has been on a practice-squad shuttle for some of this season. Pinkins, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound rookie from San Diego State recently came off

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Oct.
29th

Will Tukuafu Seahawks’ new, 285-pound force — to eventually plow for Marshawn Lynch; change at MLB?

Marshawn Lynch may soon have a huge, new plow in front of him in the Seahawks’ backfield.

How huge? About 285 pounds of fullback.

That’s how much newly signed Will Tukuafu, a former 49ers defensive end, says he weighs.

“And I actually lost weight. I’ve lost 10 pounds,” he said in front of his new Seahawks locker at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center just before practice this afternoon.

Seattle signed Tukuafu, whom it first signed in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, and promoted linebacker L.J. Fort from its practice squad to fill the open roster spots created by Tuesday’s

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Oct.
28th

No surprise, no trades — but a far better Seahawks deal going on at team headquarters this afternoon

In what will only surprise those who believe everything they read and hear, the Seahawks did not make a deal before the league’s deadline for trades arrived this afternoon at 1 p.m. Seattle time.

The only roster moves: Seattle waived wide receiver Phil Bates and tight end Brett Brackett, likely in hopes of getting one or both on to its practice squad if no other team claims them before 1 p.m. tomorrow (waivers last 24 hours). The team signed Brackett last week and Bates off its practice squad on Saturday. Brackett played one snap at tight end on Sunday at

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Sep.
8th

Seahawks return to practice for Sunday’s game at San Diego; prime time to sign veteran free agents begins

The Seahawks get back to the practice field in Renton this afternoon for Sunday’s game at San Diego following two days off, the back-side perk of playing a Thursday night opener. Then tonight they get to “scout” the Chargers, and division-rival Cardinals, from their living rooms as San Diego plays at 7:20 p.m. at Arizona.

As of this morning Seattle has 52 players on its 53-man active roster, following Saturday’s release of wide receiver Phil Bates. That means a signing is coming, most likely a cornerback to back-fill for Jeremy Lane’s groin injury and Tharold Simon’s minor knee surgery late

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Sep.
7th

Seahawks (very) off; Phil Bates, explained; NFC West’s start to the season today

The Seahawks are so off right now.

After film and treatment Friday, they didn’t have practice Saturday and don’t again today. Effectively, the Thursday night opening win over Green Bay created a mini bye this weekend for the Seahawks. They practice Monday in Renton — then are off again Tuesday for the weekly players’ rest day mandated by the collective bargaining agreement. Volia! Three days off from practice in four days.

The Seahawks who are benefiting most from these days off include LB Bruce Irvin, who played 19 snaps against Green Bay in his fifth day back following offseason surgery — Pete

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Sep.
4th

Game day in Seattle: Seahawks have been prepping for this–defending a title on grand stage–for 4 1/2 years

Happy Opening Day!

The first game day of the NFL’s 2014 season has dawned sunny in Seattle. Supposed to be about 75 degrees and perfectly clear at the 5:30 kickoff today as the Seahawks begin defense of their Super Bowl championship against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field.

First, some blog housekeeping: If you missed the posts last night, the Seahawks made a few roster moves yesterday. They placed backup guard-center Lemuel Jeanpierre on the season-ending injured-reserve list with an unspecified neck injury that must be bad, and they re-signed wide receiver Phil Bates, cut on Monday, to the

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Sep.
3rd

Carroll: LB Bruce Irvin likely to be pass rushing for Seahawks tomorrow; “you’ll have to wait and see” if Earl Thomas returns punts

UPDATE: The team just announced it has placed G/C Lemuel Jeanpierre, the backup to center Max Unger last season, on season-ending injured reserve with an unspecified neck injury. Wide receiver Phil Bates is now signed to the active roster. Bates was on the active roster following the final preseason cuts on Saturday. He then got waived Monday when Seattle added wide receiver and kick returner Bryan Walters to the active roster. Bates cleared league waivers yesterday.

The Seahawks now have a whopping eight wide receivers on their 53-man roster: Paul Richardson, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Walters, Kevin Norwood,

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