RENTON — While Percy Harvin’s trip to New York was expected, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s announcement that Sidney Rice travelled to Switzerland for a “procedure” came as a surprise Tuesday.
Carroll said the South Carolina product is in Europe getting a preventative procedure for a nagging knee issue.
Carroll emphasized that Rice is not having surgery, and that he’s does not have a new injury.
Carroll also said Rice should be back by the end of the week, and will not miss any exhibition or regular season games because of the procedure.
“He was practicing fine when he was out here,” Carroll said. “But this is a procedure that they’ve been waiting to do, and so he’ll come back. And when he comes back, he’ll go right back on the field. He didn’t get hurt.
“We’re just trying to help him along.”
While Rice’s “procedure” is unknown, athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Brian Urlacher have traveled to Europe to receive an innovative cartilage regeneration procedure unavailable in the United States.
Rice struggled through an injury-plagued season his first year in Seattle, finishing with 32 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns in nine games before landing on the injured reserve with concussion and shoulder issues.
But after offseason surgery on both shoulders, Rice played a full, 16-game season in 2012 for the first time since 2009, leading the Seahawks 50 catches for 748 yards and seven touchdowns.
SCHOFIELD PREPARED TO TAKE AIM AT CARDINALS
Notified that the team was cutting him as he began to take the field for the first day of Arizona’s training camp last week, you can’t blame new Seattle pass rusher O’Brien Schofield for harboring a little animosity toward his former team.
Schofield was let go by Arizona after the team signed veteran pass rusher John Abraham. The Seahawks claimed Schofield off waivers.
“It was a rough process,” Schofield said. “I definitely didn’t think that something like that would happen to me, but the fact that it did and I get picked up as soon as I did by a division rival, it makes me happy that I get a chance to see Arizona two times a year.”
At 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, Schofield can play both “Leo” defensive end and outside linebacker, but will line up at outside linebacker to begin his time with Seattle.
Carroll said Schofield was a player Seattle considered for the 2010 draft, but the Cardinals snapped him up in the fourth round before the Seahawks could take him.
“This was one of the guys that we were trying to get in the draft,” Carroll said. “We had a place that we were going to pick him, but unfortunately for us, he went before that. So we’ve watched him play and he’s played against us.
“He’s very active; he’s a very versatile football player.”
With Schofield, Bruce Irvin, Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons and Michael Bennett, along with the development of undrafted rookie free agent Benson Mayowa, the Seahawks will have some depth at edge rusher when everyone is healthy.
Schofield, 26, said his main focus will be rushing the passer.
“Absolutely just getting after the passer, so a pass rusher first,” he said. “The drops aren’t as complicated as I had to do in the past so that’s even better.
“They really made it simple for the guys that they believe are rushers to have simple drops and not think too much and just be able to play fast.”
KONZ RETURNS TO HAWKS
The Seahawks announced the team released tight end Victor Marshall, a Juanita High graduate, and signed linebacker/tight end Jameson Konz.
Marshall signed with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of British Columbia in May.
Konz was drafted by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.
He spent 2010 on injured reserve (hip), and was released during final roster cuts in 2011, but signed to Seattle’s practice squad.
Originally brought in as a tight end, Konz switched to outside linebacker, and was signed to the active roster on Oct. 4. Konz played in one game against the New York Giants, but suffered a knee injury and was placed on the injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Konz was released by the Seahawks in September.
Defensive end Avril missed his third practice with a hamstring issue. Offensive tackle Michael Bowie and cornerback Ron Parker also missed practice with strained hamstrings.
Defensive lineman Bennett’s wife is having a baby, so he was not at practice. Defensive lineman Jesse Williams (knee) and linebacker Heath Farwell (back spasms) returned to practice. Percy Harvin (hip), Robert Turbin (foot), Tharold Simon (foot), Zach Miller (foot), Clemons (knee) and Greg Scruggs (knee) remain on Seattle’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Korey Toomer (hip) remains on the non-football injury list.
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