Seahawks head coach Jim Mora concluded the team's three-day, mandatory minicamp by ending practice about a half hour early on Friday at 11:30 a.m., to the cheers of all the players.
However, Mora probably had his own selfish motives, particularly after seeing cornerback Josh Wilson go down and need the assistance from trainers who checked out his right knee after defending a pass intended for receiver Ben Obomanu.
Wilson eventually got up and limped off, but obviously Mora had seen enough and wanted to make sure the possibility of other players getting dinged up was avoided.
"He just hperextended it and he's OK," Mora said. "I was holding my breath there for a minute. You know, when you get to that last day, that last practice and you've had such a good offseason you say, 'Oh, goodness sakes.' You just hope that nothing happens."
These guys didn't practice either at all or at some point during the week because of injury: Walter Jones (knee), Mike Wahle (shoulder), Patrick Kerney (shoulder), Cory Redding (knee), Marcus Trufant (hamstring), Courtney Taylor (groin), Brandon Miller (wrist), Michael Bumpus (foot), C.J. Wallace (sprained foot), Marcus Trufant (Hamstring) and Devin Moore (hamstring) all sat out of practice on Friday.
I talked to Seneca Wallace about the possibility of the Seahawks using his versatility as an athlete, either in the trendy Wildcat formation or as a receiver, and Wallace said it's too early to say if the team will use him in that capacity, and that he was just focused on learning and executing the new playbook.
Most guys will continue to work out during the next six weeks to get ready for the rigors of training camp.
In fact, Burleson is headed for Arizona to train at Athletes' Performance. Burleson said he plans to be down there for a month, and that his agent Ken Sarnoff provided him with the opportunity to work out at the workout facility for elite athletes.
Burleson said it's important for him to come into camp in the best shape possible because of the competition at receiver and he's in a contract year.
"I don't think I can afford to relax too much," Burleson said. "There's too much at stake for this team, this organization. We're just trying to get our name back out there, trying to climb back to the top of the mountain.
"And for me as an individual, I want to go into this last year in the best shape of my career. And I know if I'm out here I might have some distractions. I might be tempted to travel or be tempted to vacate. But if I'm in Arizona and I'm working out five times a week, twice a day, I'm not going to be tempted to go anywhere because it's what I have to do."
Listen to the full conversation with Burleson here.
I also talked to Mora about the importance of the running game, and whether or not he believes Seattle has enough depth at the position. Mora said the team does have enough depth at running back to get the job done.
"We think that all three running backs fit our style of offense," Mora said. "They're all different, yet they all fit the style we want to run. I'm not going to say that there's a marquee name in our backfield that the whole nation knows, because there's not. But hopefully at the end of the year there is a marquee name, and it's one of the three guys we've got on our roster right now."
Mora said the rookies will stick around a couple extra weeks to work with strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark.
Overall, Mora seemed pleased with the work his team accomplsished during the offseason. He asked the players to take their playbooks home with them in order to get ready for training camp, and wants to make sure everyone comes back healthy and ready to go.
"It's time to move on to the next phase, which is we have 48 days until training camp," Mora said. "As I told those guys during a team meeting this morning, now is not the time to slack off. Now's the time to pick it up and come back in the best shape of their life."
Rookies will report on July 30, with the veterans reporting a day after. The first practice will be held on the afternoon of July 31st.