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DE Bennett (toe), kick returner Walters (concussion) join those Seahawks not practicing; LB switch to FB


The Seahawks practiced outside for the first time this week today in Renton. All but nine of them, that is.

Defensive end Michael Bennett has a new toe injury and punt returner/kick returner/wide receiver Bryan Walters has a new concussion on today's practice participation report.

Since the Seahawks aren't exactly whacking each other around in these mostly no-contact practices between games, it's safe to assume Walters got his concussion in last weekend's loss at St. Louis. If he can't do the kickoff and punt returning Sunday at Carolina, 2013 returner Jermaine Kearse or Doug Baldwin could return kickoffs and Richard Sherman and (as we know from this summer) Earl Thomas have experience returning punts -- though Sherman and Thomas might not be optimal choices because of how thin Seattle is in the secondary because of injuries to Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell and Tharold Simon.

Maxwell didn't practice again today but Simon, the likely replacement again at right cornerback for Maxwell against Carolina if he can go, returned to full participation.

He's not listed as out but, again, don't expect middle linebacker Bobby Wagner to play for a while.

--As some of the astute ones on here have noted, the Seahawks are trying L.J. Fort at fullback days after they signed him to the practice squad as a listed linebacker. The team changed his position on its practice-squad roster. Fort was a three-year starter at linebacker in college at Northern Iowa. Seattle doesn’t have a healthy fullback on the roster because of Derrick Coleman's broken foot. Robert Turbin played about half his 30 snaps as the emergency fill-in fullback last weekend against the Rams and is preparing to do that again this weekend if needed.

Hard to see Fort being ready to run fullback plays in the offense with three days' of practice, though Seattle usually runs formations with a fullback on perhaps 25 percent or fewer of its offensive plays in a normal game, anyway.