With the fog sitting low over Lake Washington the Seattle Seahawks worked through a brisk, two-hour practice this morning that was not open to the public.
This afternoon’s practice will be open to the public.
Linebacker Aaron Curry, who got dinged up after a collision with Justin Forsett during Saturday afternoon’s practice, was not on the field again today. Also sitting out were Chester Pitts and Josh Pinkard, who are both on the active PUP list, along with tight end Jameson Konz.
Ray Willis, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Lawyer Milloy were out on the field but did not participate in practice as part of the veteran maintenance program head coach Pete Carroll has established. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck also was limited in action today, with Charlie Whitehurst and J.P. Losman getting most of the 7-on-7 and team reps.
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Pitts did work with trainers on another field on pass drop-back drills during practice. He looks trim and appeared to move well during the drills.
Still no sign of offensive tackle Russell Okung, as Day 3 of training camp is underway. Because Willis also did not practice, Mansfield Wrotto worked at left tackle with the first unit.
I talked to Whitehurst for a couple minutes after practice. He said he’s getting more comfortable with the offensive scheme as the Seahawks work toward their first preseason game at home against Tennessee on Aug. 14 in two weeks. He also said the controlled scrimmage helped in terms of getting some game-like reps under his belt on Sunday.
“I think you just try to get better every day at everything,” Whitehurst said. “And that’s what you’re trying to do. I’m trying to polish, that’s what training camp is for, to get some chemistry with some receivers and really understand this offense, and then go execute it.”
* Kevin Vickerson continues to live in the offensive backfield and really showed up today during 9-on-7 running period and team. He’s been mostly working with the second unit.
* Defensive end E.J. Wilson also continues to flash during team period. Wilson’s been playing some strong-side defensive end and 3-tech.
* Cornerback Chris Richards had the play of the day, anticipating a throw to the outside of the defense by J.P. Losman to Deon Butler and stepping in front for the interception, returning it for a touchdown. The rookie from Stony Brook is small, at 5-11, 181 pounds, but has good quickness.
* Josh Wilson had a nice deflection on a deep ball to receiver Golden Tate.
* Speaking of Tate, he is a renaissance man when it comes to music. He said he likes the diversity of music the team is playing during practice, which includes some rock, pop and rap. But the Nashville native would also like to see some country added to the mix.
“I’m a Southern boy, so all my buddies when it’s summer out on the boat, that’s all they jam too,” Tate said. “Some of it’s actually pretty good. So I don’t mind listening to it at all.”
Tate went on to say he’s got a cowboy hat – but no boots.
“I wore one (cowboy hat) with a jersey lat week just walking around house, so you might find something on my Facebook somewhere,” Tate said.
* Rookie linebacker Joe Pawelek really flashed during this morning’s practice, making several big hits that brought out some “oohs” and “ahhs” from his teammates.
* Ben Obomanu had a nice run after catch on a wide screen during team.
* Cornerback Roy Lewis made a nice interception during one-on-one drills.
That's all for now.