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Injury updates and thoughts from OTAs

First, let's roundup the injury situation:

> Pete Carroll said of Bruce Irvin's hip problem and subsequent surgery: "He has dealt with it for a long time. It just got to a point where we thought it was better to have a chance to get him back by the start of the season, which is a possibility. We'll see what happens." Irvin was expected back in town today. Those words from Carroll lmake Irvin's readiness for camp and Week 1 seem in doubt.

> Malcolm Smith (ankle) did not participate today.

> Paul Richardson (shoulder) did not participate. Carroll said Richardson fell on the same shoulder that he hurt during rookie minicamp. Richardson popped into each huddle to hear calls, though he wasn't participating.

> Russell Okung (foot) was also out. He lifted on the side.

> Kam Chancellor (hip) was in attendance, but did not participate. Carroll said Chancellor would have practiced if they allowed him to.

> Michael Bowie (shoulder) participated in about a third of the day's work.

> Carroll said Robert Turbin had an offseason knee procedure to "clean some things up" that he thinks has been beneficial to Turbin.

> Richard Sherman said he had a slight tear in his ankle when he was hurt in the Super Bowl, but didn't need surgery. He's full recovered.

> Spencer Ware, Heath Farwell and Chris Matthews were also out today.

On to things from today:

1. Big day for Norwood. Rookie receiver Kevin Norwood had two touchdown catches during red-zone drills, slid to catch a bad pass from Terrelle Pryor, caught a ball up the seam from Russell Wilson and came down with a Hail Mary that was a group jump ball with Richard Sherman right behind him. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Norwood makes a few expected rookie errors, but has been impressive otherwise. "I think one of the things I liked the best about him coming out was his contested catches," Bevell said. "If you were standing out here today, you saw that a couple times. He's doing a really nice job. He's picked it up. There's some missed assignments every now and then. The stage is not too big for him. He's jumped right in there with our first group at times. He's performed."

2. Carroll again touted Korey Toomer. Toomer had what would have been sack in a game. "He probably has been the brightest guy in the whole camp," Carroll said. "His speed is really obvious. He's no longer a rook ... not understanding. He's worked hard in the offseason. He practices just like the guys who are playing all the time and he looks like he can compete with all the guys. I noticed today the special teams guys were fired up to give him a shot to be on the first kickoff team. If we kicked off today, he would be on that first kickoff team. That's a lot of ground he's made up. He doesn't seem like a rookie anymore. He seems like a redshirt junior right now." Toomer spent the last two seasons on injured reserve.

3. Terrelle Pryor was so-so. With Tarvaris Jackson not in attendance because of what Carroll called a "family day", Pryor was the No. 2 quarterback throughout. He had a pass tipped and intercepted by Bobby Wagner. He made a nice touch throw to the back of the end zone which Percy Harvin caught. He missed a receiver up the sideline. In fairness to Pryor, this is OTAs, and he's learning. But, it was an inconsistent day for him, one made all the more noticeable by the fluidity of Russell Wilson.

4. Bevell backtracking on "running back by committee." Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell caused a bit of a stir when he said at the Seahawks' Town Hall that they would be using a committee at running back. Here's how Bevell clarified the statement: "I was referring to a question at that thing and I was thinking more out here (at OTAs). We're rolling all those guys and liking what we see from them. Just kind of moving them around. That's not our policy. That's not something that we talk about or do that way. Just something I threw out there, really was thinking about the OTAs." Bevell also said Christine Michael's attention to detail has improved this year. "I think there were some distractions going on for him a little bit. He just really needed to focus in on the details of things: work, reads, assignments and all those things he's kind of doing right now. He's really turned the page on last year."