Spending almost all this week at Chambers Bay to help cover for The News Tribune what is shaping up to be a U.S. Open unlike the previous 114 golf championships.
But Thursday I will leave the golf for a day to be back at my usual post, at Seahawks headquarters in Renton for the team's only mandatory minicamp before training camp begins at the end of July.
The Seahawks' minicamp actually begins tomorrow, Tuesday. But the NFL has taken away two of what are supposed to be three days on the field this June, after what the league deemed was Seattle having "too much on-field contact" during its 2014 mandatory minicamp. A fight between All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and since released wide receiver Phil Bates last June got the attention of the NFL and led to its investigation that resulted in penalties that also included a $300,000 fine for the team.
So the Seahawks are permitted just one, 2 1/2-hour practice for its mandatory minicamp. That will be Thursday morning. Players will be paid for the cancelled practice sessions, the league noted last August when it assessed the penalties.
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Some of the newsiest items will be who is and is not there at this minicamp. Expecting Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin to be, to avoid team fines that could exceed $70,000 each. Each defender has skipped voluntary workouts at team headquarters this spring because they are upset over money; Bennett wants a raise one year into his four-year, $28.5 million contract and Irvin has indicated his unhappiness over the Seahawks not picking up a $7.8 million contract option for him in 2016.
Marshawn Lynch is unlikely to be there. The star running back who in March signed a new, two-year contract extension that gives him $5 million more in 2015 can afford a minicamp fine. He usually doesn't show up until each training camp.
RUSSELL WILSON, CIARA REPORTEDLY STUCK IN D.C. HOTEL
The New York Post's gossipy "Page Six" reported Russell Wilson and his, uh, friend Ciara were stuck inside the W hotel in Washington, D.C., after a bomb scare there early Sunday. That, the Post reported, was after the Seahawks quarterback and the pop singer attended a VIP-only concert at the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama.
Which begs the question: Is Wilson the most invited NFL player ever to the White House, or what?
RYAN ROBINSON WAIVED
On June 2 I noted on here how Ryan Robinson was getting reps during the three weeks of voluntary organized team activities as a first-string defensive end, with Bennett and Irvin skipping and Cliff Avril in Florida following the death of his father.
Monday the Seahawks waived-injured Robinson, who was on Seattle's practice squad last year after playing 11 games for Oakland in 2013. The team's website reported Robinson tore his Achilles tendon during drills last week.