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Training camp Day 7: Hasselbeck says arm feels OK


First off, there’s been a report that Kansas City defensive end Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, has signed a five-year deal with the Chiefs.

There’s interest in Seattle, of course, because the belief is once Jackson signs, a Curry signing isn’t too far behind.

Bill Williamson of ESPN is reporting that a source close to him says the two sides are making progress, but a deal’s not done. So I’m going with that for now.

UPDATE: The Kansas City Star is reporting that Jackson and the Chiefs are close to a deal.

With a week of practices now complete, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the rest of the signal callers have made a lot of throws. Hasselbeck had a big bag of ice on his throwing arm after practice, but said the icing is preventative and his wing feels fine.

“My elbow was sore early on in camp,” he said. “I think all of the quarterbacks, we all were feeling that way. But the situations have helped us the last, two days with short yardage, goal line – it’s just part of camp, the ups and downs of camp. I think the receivers got a break too, but I’m feeling pretty good.”

Hasselbeck also said he’s picking up the offense OK, which includes getting down how to say the terminology.

However, Hasselbeck did say they could use another week of practice before playing a game. Seattle’s set to face its first opponent Aug. 15 at San Diego.

Also, expect the Seahawks to use the shotgun more. Hasselbeck said he likes being back in the gun more often, which was a rarity when Mike Holmgren was here.

“I need to practice it, he said. “We’ve done some shotgun here in the past, but we really didn’t practice it. You like to practice what you’re going to do in games. We’re making everything realistic and situational. You’ve seen a lot on third situations, we just go gun right away because that’s what realistic. So it’s been good.”

Hasselbeck seemed to struggle early in practice, throwing two picks during team session, one corralled by Lofa Tataupu and another picked off by C.J. Wallace on an overthrown ball intended for T.J. Houshmandzadheh.

However, Hasselbeck and Housh connected a couple times in red zone drills, as the two continued to develop more chemistry between each other.

Listen to part of the Hasselbeck’s conversation here.

With the return of crowds at practice, more trick plays followed. The Seahawks completed a halfback pass, with Justin Forsett throwing a halfback pass to a wide open Ben Obomanu streaking down the sideline.

The Seahawks also tried a successful hook and ladder between Housh and Nate Burleson.

Houshmandzadeh said the trick plays are all part of preparing for anything that may happen in a game.

“We’re just working on all type of situations,” he said. “That’s one thing about Coach Mora and Coach Knapp – you work on all type of different situations. We probably won’t use it during the season, but if need be, we’ve practiced it.”

Deion Branch (knee), Walter Jones (back spasms) and Marcus Trufant (back) all did not practice today. Also sitting out were Michael Bennett (shoulder) and Lance Laury (knee).

Returning to practice were Billy McMullen (back) and Ray Willis (knee).

Brandon Coutu took all of the kicks on field goals and kickoffs, but Olindo Mare was out on the field and suited up. Not sure if Mare is injured, but we’ll keep an eye out.

Officials also were on hand working the team drills for the first time today. We’ll have a meeting with officials tomorrow after the first practice, so if you have questions about rules changes let me know in the comments section.

That’s all for now.