Under the lights at Husky Stadium the Seattle Seahawks seemed to move with more pep in their step, as they practiced at the University of Washington for the second time during this year’s training camp.
A few thousand fans showed up to watch practice. They saw the return of Matt Hasselbeck, who did not practice this morning but looked good throwing the ball during the evening session.
Also returning to practice were Chris Spencer, Deion Branch, Ray Willis and Cory Redding.
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Sitting out were T.J. Duckett (rest), Lawrence Jackson (leg), Nate Burleson (knee), Julius Jones (rest), Olindo Mare (knee), Grey Ruegamer (elbow), Walter Jones (back) and Marcus Trufant (back). Courtney Taylor was the only new addition to the list.
The Hawks practice in full pads for just over two hours, with Husky players watching along the sidelines. The Huskies had their scrimmage a few hours before the Seahawks showed up.
Aaron Curry appeared to strain a groin midway through practice during a one-on-one pass coverage drill and needed attention from the trainers. We will hopefully get an update on Curry on Wednesday.
The Seahawks went back to the first starting five up front they started camp with Tuesday night, with Sean Locklear at left tackle, Rob Sims at left guard, Chris Spencer at center, Mansfield Wrotto at right guard and Ray Willis at right tackle. We’ll see if they stick with that lineup for the rest of the week.
Jim Mora and Husky Head coach Steve Sarkisian chatted at the beginning of practice. Mora’s father, the senior Mora, also was on hand.
Former Seahawk Omare Lowe and Marques Tuiasosopo watched from the sidelines. Tuiasosopo is part of the Huskies coaching staff.
Also, Steve Mariucci from the NFL Network was at this morning’s practice.
The Seahawks will have one practice on Wednesday, two more practices on Thursday and take Friday off before Saturday’s game against Denver. Training camp breaks on Friday.
I talked to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Colin Cole about Minnesota signing Brett Favre today. Both of them had no problems with the signing and wished Favre well. Houshmandzadeh in particular understood Favre’s dilemma about not wanting to attend training camp, which apparently was a sticking point in earlier negotiations with the team. Favre reportedly signed a two-year, $25 million deal that will pay him a guaranteed $12 million this season.
“I don’t know a player that’s playing -- or that’s played – who wouldn’t take the deal he just got,” Houshmandzadeh. “You missed training camp, you’re coming in as the starter and you’re getting paid what he’s getting paid? Everyone would take it. People might say negative things about it, but if you were in his shoes, you would love it. So good for him. I hope they play well, except for when they play us.”
Houshmandzadeh went on to say the main reason guys retire isn’t because they can’t play anymore, it’s that they don’t want to go through the rigors of training camp.
Cole, who played with Favre while at Green Bay, had this to say about the Favre signing.
“He’s a big kid that wants to get out there on the field,” Cole said. “Every year about this time if you’re a football player you get that itch because you know what time it is. And he got that itch. So obviously he still has that fire in his heart to play.”
Seattle plays at Minnesota on Nov. 22.