The infirmary grew by leaps and bounds today, as 14 players sat out of practice. For most it was a maintenance issue, as the Seahawks try to give veteran players an occasional break.
Players sitting out include Matt Hasselbeck (rest) Walter Jones (back, knee), Marcus Trufant (back), Julius Jones (rest), T.J. Duckett (rest), Grey Ruegamer (elbow), Lawrence Jackson (leg), Cory Redding (rest), D.D. Lewis (knee), Deion Branch (knee), Nate Burleson (knee), Olindo Mare (knee), Chris Spencer (ankle) and Ray Willis (knee).
Hasselbeck did not appear to be seriously hurt.
Jones did not return to practice after asking out of a drill and leaving midway through practice on Monday.
Offensive lineman Cory Withrow returned to practice but did not participate in team drills.
With the offensive lineman out, the Seahawks only had nine to work with during practice. Na’Shan Goddard worked at offensive tackle with the first unit and right guard with the second unit, and was fatigued at the end of practice.
The first unit O-line today consisted of Sean Locklear at left tackle, Rob Sims are left guard, Steve Vallos at center, Mansfield Wrotto at right guard and Goddard at right tackle. Max Unger worked at center with the second unit, as the coaching staff continues to juggle bodies around on the offensive line to get an extra look.
Linebacker Aaron Curry made a couple plays today that showed why the Seahawks drafted him fourth overall. He did a nice job of reading Seneca Wallace’s eyes during 7-on-7 passing drills from his linebacker position, picking off a pass over the middle and taking it back for an easy score.
And during two-minute drills at the end of practice Curry had a nice deflection while rushing the passer
Curry continues to play linebacker and defensive end during practice, and also has done some individual work with the rest of the defensive linemen and coach Dan Quinn.
“The first thing you notice with Aaron is that he’s got initial quickness,” Quinn said. “And as a good pass rusher that’s one of the first things you want to look for, is a guy who has initial quickness and can transfer some of that initial speed into power. And that’s really what we’re working with now. He’s working hard on it.”
The team worked out in just shells this morning, focusing on goal-line and backed up situations.
Along with the couple plays that Curry made, I thought Michael Bumpus and Logan Payne made nice catches on deep balls during one-on-one drills, with Payne running past Marquis Floyd and Bumpus beating safety Deon Grant.
Brian Russell had a nice interception on the first play of 7-on-7, grabbing a ball intended for John Carlson thrown by Seneca Wallace over the middle of the field.
And Jordan Kent did a nice job of going up and making a grab on an in route over the middle.
The team will practice this evening at Husky Stadium at 6:30 p.m. in a workout that’s free and open to the public.
That’s all for now.