Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll ran about a two hour practice today at Husky Stadium, which included some controlled scrimmage situations so the coaches could use the headsets and work on some game-like situations.
After going through some individual work, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for the third straight day was held out of team drills, with Charlie Whitehurst and J.P. Losman taking all of the snaps.
After practice Carroll indicated that Hasselbeck tweaked a hamstring trying to out run the defense on a bootleg a few days ago, and that team trainers are being cautious about the injury. However, after the team’s off day on Monday Hasselbeck is expected to be back at full speed on Tuesday, Carroll indicated.
Tight end John Carlson also was held out of practice because of an injured oblique, and center Chris Spencer got kicked in the leg during team drills and sat out the rest of practice.
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The Seahawks brought back wide receiver Mike Hass just two days after they cut him, replacing him on the roster for Isaiah Stanback, who was waived/injured.
Other players who did not practice due to injury include LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring), DE Lawrence Jackson (hamstring), LB Aaron Curry (headaches), RB Louis Rankin, WR Marcus Maxwell (leg) and LB Joe Pawelek.
OL Chester Pitts and CB Josh Pinkard remain on the active PUP list.
Defensive tackles Kevin Vickerson and E.J. Wilson returned to action, with Wilson wearing a cast on his left wrist. Safety Kam Chancellor also was in full gear.
The league does not require NFL teams to submit injury reports during training camp, so that’s why some of the players’ injuries are unknown.
UW product Lawyer Milloy talked about donning pads for the first time at Husky Stadium since he played for the Huskies during the mid-1990s.
“Camp is camp” he said. “Even today, this morning I’m sitting up there and I’m tired. But as soon as I got off that bus. As soon as I smelled that fresh air from the water, and ultimately to see the ‘W’ in the middle, I felt like I was at home.”
Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was full go today. He talked about fellow receiver Isaiah Stanback going down with a torn Achilles tendon injury on Saturday. Houshmandzadeh was one of the first players to console Stanback after the injury.
“I like Isaiah a lot,” he said. “It’s just sad because he works hard. And I had met him prior to him signing with us, and he’s just a hard worker. And he loves football. He doesn’t like football, he loves it.
“And so to see that happen is really sad, because he was working hard to try and get to where he wanted to go.”
Houshmandzadeh also addressed the issue of developing a better rapport with Hasselbeck, with both players going into their second season playing together.
The duo’s time together during the offseason was spotty at best because Houshmandzadeh sat out most of the OTAs after having sports hernia surgery in April.
And during training camp, both players have been on the veteran maintenance program, so there hasn’t been a lot of time where both have been out on the field together during live situations.
In fact, during an earlier training camp practice, Houshmandzadeh became frustrated with Hasselbeck during one-on-one drills and expressed that vocally because it appeared he didn’t feel that Hasselbeck was getting the ball to him early enough as he was coming out of his breaks.
The two talked for a time before the team headed to team drills, appearing to try and work through the issue.
Hasselbeck and Houshmandzadeh developing a rapport was an issue last season. Specifically, Seattle had struggles protecting the quarterback, which meant Hasselbeck had to get rid of the ball quicker and did not have time for more intricate routes to develop, which is where Housh excels.
Further, the struggles between Hasselbeck and Housh further amplify the good rapport Hasselbeck and Bobby Engram had on the field in previous years.
But so far, Houshmandzadeh does not see it as an issue this early in camp.
“Whenever we can get the time, we’ll just have to get it,” Houshmandzadeh said. “I was on a one-a-day schedule up until yesterday. It’s just we’ve got to figure out a way to get it done, period.
“Last year was last year, so no excuses. We just have to find a way tot get it done.”
Deon Butler again had an impressive day of practice. Carroll called the second-year player out of Penn State one of the most improved players in camp. Butler made a diving catch on a deep ball from Charlie Whitehurst during the controlled scrimmage, beating cornerback Cord Parks down the sidelines.
Speaking of Parks, he made a nice interception on a Hasselbeck ball during 7-on-7, cutting off an in route to Ruvell Martin.
Josh Wilson returned kicks and Golden Tate returned punts during the scrimmage.