Sorry for not posting earlier, but I did attend Friday night’s practice at the University of Washington under the lights at Husky Stadium.
A good crowd of an estimated, few thousand cheered the Seahawks on through practice.
Center Chris Spencer, who suffered a left ankle, did not practice with the team Friday night. We’ve received no word if the injury is more serious than was first reported by head coach Jim Mora during the morning practice on Friday, but we should get an update from the team today.
Linebacker Aaron Curry missed another day of practice, but with Tyson Jackson now signing with Kansas City the word is he should be arriving sooner rather than later.
Others who sat out the afternoon practice include D.D. Lewis (knee), Walter Jones (back), Marcus Trufant (back), Michael Bennett (shoulder), Will Herring (groin), Cory Redding (sore) and Spencer (ankle).
Deion Branch was back practicing after missing three days due to some swelling in his surgically repaired knee. Branch says he feels fine, and that as we were told Friday by Mora, the trainers made the decision to hold him out.
”It was a decision that was made by the organization not to go in and try to be forcing something,” Branch said. “I think with the workload being in this training camp, I might have flares here and there. But fortunately it didn’t flare up or get out of hand. Nothing was bad at all. I think pretty much everybody swells.
“I do understand I had two surgeries in the last 16 months. Occasionally that might occur (the swelling), but it was cool. My body reacted real fine to it. I came back out and I feel real good practicing.”
Ray Willis also was back at practice after sitting out the morning session.
Wide receivers Courtney Taylor, Ben Obomanu, Branch, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Mike Hass all made nice grabs during 7-on-7 and team drills.
But Jordan Kent had the biggest play of the night, a one-handed grab to end practice.
Steve Vallos started with the first unit at center in place of Spencer and was solid, while Max Unger worked with the second unit.
We also saw the defense run a 3-3 defensive front during team drills. It was interesting to see Brandon Mebane working at defensive end, and guys like Nick Reed and Darryl Tapp working at linebacker. It looks like the Seahawks could develop a nice pressure package out of that defensive front.
Tapp has been one of the guys who has really impressed me during training camp. He’s been quick off the ball, physical and relentless in pursuit. There are going to have to find a way to get him on the field.
I also talked to Colin Cole about how the transition is going, and he had this to say.
“I’m communicating with Lofa on a constant basis just making sure we’re seeing the same thing, and for the most part he’s making my job easier for the fact that he’s able to basically free flow where ever it is he’s wants to go. And for me, it’s just maintaining what I’m doing. We both feel like things are going very well, and we’ve just got to keep things rolling.”
Listen to the full conversation here.
The TNT’s Dave Boling says Walter Jones health will be the key issue the Seahawks need to resolve during training camp.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this report from last night’s practice.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press reports on Olindo Mare’s battle to hold on to the starting kicker job.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com provides more details on NBA legend Bill Russell’s meeting with the team.
Jim Moore of Seattlepi.com catches up with Hawks offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer. It’s worth a read.
Jim Mora joined KJR’s Elise Woodward after practice at UW in this audio link.
Receivers coach Robert Prince talks about group with KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler in this audio link.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle offers some thoughts on the team after the first week of camp.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that wide receiver Brandon Jones suffered a fractured shoulder and will miss eight weeks.
More Crumpacker: He discusses the threat from Michael Crabtree’s camp to sit out the season.
Janie McCauley of the Associated Press reports that head coach Mike Singletary isn’t concerned about the Crabtree situation.
Matt Maiocco of Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the 49ers have signed WR Chris Francies to replace Brandon Jones on the roster.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic discusses quarterback Kurt Warner’s ability to thrive under pressure.
More Somers: He reports head coach Ken Whisenhunt is taking a cautious approach with the team’s practice regimen.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports on the down-and-dirty nature of one-on-one pass rush drills at Cardinals camp.St. Louis Rams
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo took some time away from camp to attend the funeral of his mentor, former Philadelphia Eagle defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.
Steve Korte of the Belleville News- Democrat reports that the Rams generated consistent pressure during late-game situations at training camp.