Well, the mystery has been solved on Sidney Rice’s curious trip to Switzerland to receive a preventive “procedure.”
Rice confirmed to reporters after today’s practice that he travelled to Europe to receive a platelet-rich plasma-like procedure to help with a nagging knee injury. Rice could not have the procedure done in the United States because it has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Just help (calm down) the patellar tendonitis a little bit,” Rice said ,when asked what he hoped to gain from the procedure. “I’ve had a sore knee for quite awhile. I’m just working on it here in the training room. They’re doing a great job on in here with the trainers, so we’ll see where it goes from here.
Rice said it will take a couple weeks for him to really notice the benefits from the procedure.
Rice said he discussed having the treatment done with Sam Ramsden, director of health and player performance for the Seahawks, and ultimately set up the trip during the team’s offseason program.
Rice said he was in Switzerland for only two nights. “It only took 20 minutes for the procedure,” Rice said.
“I got straight off the plane yesterday after a 10-hour flight, came in and none other than my wide receiver coach Kippy Brown couldn’t wait to throw me in there,” Rice said. “It was good being back out there though.”
Rice jogged around during the early portion of practice on Friday, but said he’ll do some full-speed drills today.
Offense sloppy in mock game
Under a steady drizzle, the Seahawks’ first-unit offense struggled to move the ball against the first-unit defense, managing two scores on eight drives during the scrimmage, a 14-yard touchdown catch by tight end Luke Willson from Russell Wilson on a seam route, and 45-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka.
“I was a really disappointed,” Pete Carroll said. “We were real sloppy at the line of scrimmage today. We had a couple fumbled snaps, which we haven’t had at all, with Russell (Wilson) and Max (Unger), which are unusual.
“But we needed to get out here. It’s the first day we had any real weather at all, so that was good. And all the stuff is very easily correctable. But the good part is we had a lot of good work, a lot of reps.”
The usual suspects in early season football can be blamed for Seattle’s offense sputtering, including a couple fumbled snap exchanges, pre-snap penalties and missed blocking assignments.
Again, these are unofficial stats taken from a reporter with an sometimes-obstructed view, but Wilson finished 10 of 21 for 111 yards, no interceptions and the touchdown to Willson. His favorite target was Jermaine Kearse, who finished with four catches for 30 yards, including a long of 14.
Other receivers who played well include Brett Swain, who finished with four receptions for 47 yards, playing mostly with the third-unit offense. Phillip Bates also showed strong hands on a couple contested comeback routes against Byron Maxwell, finishing with three receptions for 43 yards. Slot receiver Bryan Walters also did some nice things, hauling in a 25-yard reception over the middle of the defense and picking up some positive yards on a bubble screen.
Although he did not put up big rushing numbers, rookie Christine Michaels looked elusive out in the open field. It was hard to judge distance on the runs for the running backs because the tackle speed was thud. However, Michaels did struggle in the pass game with a couple drops.
Rookie Chris Harper had an easy drop on a slant route, and also rounded his route on post corner against Will Blackman, failing to gain separation. But he did have a nice catch on an out route later during the scrimmage.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable rotated several different players on all three offensive line units, but I found it interesting that James Carpenter played left guard and Paul McQuistan played right guard with the first unit on their final drive.
Defensively, I thought linebackers Allen Bradford and Craig Wilkins, defensive linemen Clinton McDonald, Jaye Howard and Benson Mayowa and safety Jeron Johnson stood out.
Stephen Williams was targeted several times on deep throws, but failed to haul in a big catch. The first was a scary moment. With Williams going high up in the air for a deep ball, safety Winston Guy took out his legs, flipping Williams to the ground, where he remained for several minutes before eventually getting up on his own.
Williams had some harsh words for Guy as he left the field and went inside to the training room.
“That was a terrible play that happened,” Carroll said. “That never should have happened. But fortunately he just wrenched his neck a little bit, so he’s going to be okay.”
However, Willams later returned to the field.
Here’s what Carroll had to say, when asked what players to him stood out.
“I thought Phil Bates finished really well,” Carroll said. “I thought Russell did a really nice job dealing with the issues that he had – I loved the command he had again in the hurry-up situations.
“On the other side of the ball, I thought T-Mac (Tony McDaniel) did a really nice job. Tony was in the backfield quite a bit, and looked active. I’m anxious to see that film on him. He’s a guy that we’re really watching to see if he’s going to be a 3-technique for us. He’s done some good stuff. He’s been a little up-and-down, but today he was really causing some problems.
“I’ve been really happy with OB (O’Brien) Schofield. Right off the bat he’s made an impression that he can play outside backer and add to our pass rush. And that’s a great pickup at this time, to get that done. So I don’t see how that will change, just how he plays on game film.”
Some roster moves
The Seahawks announced this afternoon that the team waived/injured defensive end Kenneth Boatright, and agreed to terms with former Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet.
Doucet was a third-round pick by the Cardinals in 2008 draft. He played in 54 games with 14 starts in his five seasons with the Cardinals.
In 2012, Doucet played in 12 games with three starts, finishing with 28 receptions for 207 yards. He was released in March.
Undrafted rookie free agent Greg Herd cleared waivers and reverted to Seattle’s injured reserve.
After sitting out on Thursday, defensive lineman Jesse Williams returned to action. Offensive tackle Michael Bowie also suited up, but did not play in the scrimmage. Others who did not play include Bobby Wagner (shoulder), Cliff Avril (hamstring), Kam Chancellor (ankle), Michael Palmer (groin), Darren Fells (hamstring), Jeremy Lane (foot), Doug Baldwin (stiffness), Michael Brooks (unknown), Ron Parker (hamstring) and Kyle Knox (unknown).
Chris Clemons (knee), Tharold Simon (foot), Robert Turbin (foot), Zach Miller (foot), Greg Scruggs (knee) and Percy Harvin (hip) remain on the PUP list. Korey Toomer remains on the non-football injury list.