There’s a lot of things to get to so I’ll dive right in.
On the Aaron Curry front, the team still is working on negotiations to get the first-round pick in camp, and would like him in sooner rather than later.
Curry is in town and ready to report, but obviously the two sides need to come to an agreement on a contract first.
Seattle head coach Jim Mora said the more practices Curry misses the further behind he gets in terms of hispreparation for the season.
Mora went on to say that he spoke with Mike Wahle today, and the offensive lineman said he’s ready to move on with his life. The Seahawks waived Wahle today after he failed his physical this morning.
“He worked really hard to get back the point where he could be an effective player, and it just didn’t happen for him,” Mora said about Wahle.
Mora said Marcus Trufant’s back got sore on him and he wasn’t going to be able to practice, so the team put him on the PUP list, although they don’t believe his injury is serious.
That sounds about right, although this is the same thing the team was saying about Matt Hasselbeck’s back injury at this point last season, and we all know how that turned out.
“We want to be cautious with backs, given our history,” Mora said. “And so when Marcus is ready to go, then he’ll be back out there. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious, other than just sore.”
Mora said it was good to see Walter Jones back out on the field moving around, and that Jones will be limited throughout camp as he returns from microfracture knee surgery on is left knee. Jones looked like his old self today and did not appear affected by the injury.
“We’ll bring him along at a pace that allows to be ready to start the season,” Mora said. “It’s a little bit different than some other years where Walter was held out of practice, in that we’ve got a new scheme we’re installing. And so a little, added burden for Walter mentally, but he can certainly handle it.”
Jones worked on individual drills, but not team drills.
Baraka Atkins was excused from practice today and Saturday to attend a funeral of a good friend in Florida.
With Wahle out, Seattle’s first unit was Walter Jones at left tackle, Rob Sims at left guard, Chris Spencer at center, Mansfield Wrotto at right guard and Sean Locklear at right tackle.
Rookie Max Unger is expected to challenge for the position at right guard as well. Mora also said to not be surprised to see Sean Locklear at right guard, with Ray Willis coming in at right tackle
Mora would not put a timetable on when he wants to solidify the starting five up front, saying sooner instead of later. However, Jones’ status coming back from microfracture knee surgery on his left knee has made the task even tougher, as Locklear also has to rotate over to spell Jones during team drills, leaving Locklear getting time at right guard, right tackle and left tackle.
Nate Burleson really looked good in the first day of camp, beating cornerback Ken Lucas on a deep ball down the sideline, making a leaping grab over the middle of the defense on another play, and looking explosive coming out of his breaks on sideline routes.
Tight end John Carlson also had a couple nice catches on the day.
Defensive tackle Lawrence Jackson twisted his left ankle on one play but came back and worked back into practice.
Lance Laury and Will Herring worked in place of Curry at outside linebacker. Patrick Kerney practiced, but only participated in individual drills. Cory Redding worked at left defensive end in place of Kerney, while Darryl Tapp worked with the first unit at right end.
Lucas also got beat deep by Courtney Taylor in one-on-one drills, but made a couple, nice deflections during team drills. Lucas worked at right cornerback, and Josh Wilson filled in for Trufant at left cornerback.
That’s all for now. I’ll have more from conversations with Walter Jones and Matt Hasselbeck later. If you have any questions about camp, let me know in the comments sections and I’ll address them either this evening or tomorrow morning.