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RB Michael sits with back spasms; OL Carpenter out for at least two more weeks

Pete Carroll gave us a run down on injured players after practice this afternoon, as the Seahawks head into the second week of exhibition play, with Seattle hosting Denver on Saturday.

Carroll said offensive guard James Carpenter still is a couple weeks away from returning to the field from a foot injury he suffered last week.

“It’s improving regularly, and we know how the course of it is going to go,” Carroll said. “So we’ll get him back, it’s just going to take awhile.

“It’s unfortunate for him. It was so good to see him out here on a regular basis, just getting back into his football. So it’s frustrating for him.”

Running back Christine Michael is the other notable injury. Carroll said the rookie out ofTexas A&M suffered back spasms after running for 89 yards against San Diego last week, and watched from the sidelines today.

Of course, Michael had his injury concerns coming out of college. Michael suffered a broken leg and a torn ACL knee ligament in consecutives seasons that cut short playing time for the Aggies in 2010 and 2011.

“It might be a little bit before we get him back up,” Carroll said. “We’re working on him.”

While Michael was out, reserve running back Robert Turbin (foot) practiced for the first time during training camp today, and looked good working with the second unit during team drills.

“I’m excited that he’s back out there,” Carroll said. “And he looked really good today. Of course, he had fresh legs and all of that. It’s good to have him back out, really for him, too, because he’s been very frustrated.”

Carroll said that tight end Zach Miller (foot) and defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring) continue to make progress on their perspective injuries, but are still a couple weeks away from playing.

“We’re going to continue to be conservative with it at this early time,” Carroll said about the two. “But those guys are getting back out. It might still be two weeks away before they do something, but I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of this week they’re doing more and getting close to the practice field.”

However, Carroll said that defensive end Bruce Irvin (groin) is getting close to practicing today.

“He looked great running this morning,” Carroll said. “I watched him in his workout. He looks like he’s flying around. But we’re going to be conservative. We’re going to get after this day off that’s coming up on Tuesday, and see where we are there. He’s really fighting to get back out there. He looked good today, so he’s getting close.”

Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, who was slated to compete for a starting job at defensive tackle, hasn’t practiced since Tuesday because of a groin injury.

“He’s not quite as far along as Bruce is,” Carroll said. “But again, these guys are all trying to get back on the practice field later this week.”

Carroll said that defensive tackle Jaye Howard banged his shoulder during the San Diego game. Howard did not practice today. After the game, Carroll had indicated that Howard twisted his knee.

Receiver Bryan Walters had been out an extended period of time with a hamstring injury, but is expected to practice again later this week.

Other players who did not practice today include CB Byron Maxwell (ankle), CB Ron Parker (hamstring), TE Darren Fells (hamstring), DE Ty Powell (thigh bruise), OL Mike Person (calf) and WR Perez Ashford (undisclosed).

Along with Miller, WR Percy Harvin (hip), CB Tharold Simon (foot), DE Chris Clemons (knee) and DL Greg Scruggs (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. LB Korey Toomer (hip) still is on the non-football injury list.

Some tidbits

* Carroll had good things to say about the play of rookie offensive tackles Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey.

“They did a really good job,” Carroll said. “I know Tom (offensive line coach Tom Cable) was really excited about the way they played. To get through that game with no sacks, and run the football well – and those guys played a lot of that game, three quarters of that game – it showed very well.

“They’ve done very well in practice. They’ve looked athletic, and they’ve been on the scheme pretty well. But I think they’ve made a little more progress than we might have thought, judging how excited Tom was about the way they played. It was a good start for those guys.”

* John Moffitt started at right guard today with the first unit. Carroll mentioned Moffitt as one of the guys who played well after the San Diego game.

* New addition WR Donavon Kemp had a nice catch on a post-corner route today. Kemp is wearing No. 87.

* The Seahawks ran a fake field goal to end practice, with holder Jon Ryan scampering around the right side for a big gain against the first-unit defense.