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Tatupu skips workout to contemplate decision to restructure; Coutu’s back

The Seahawks held a walk-through practice inside the VMAC indoor practice facility.

Seattle worked out for about an hour and a half, with practice mirroring what they usually do the day before a game.

Linebacker Lofa Tatupu did not attend practice because the team has asked him to restructure his contract. Tataupu hasn’t practiced on the field since the team’s first workout on Thursday.

The Seahawks also brought in a second kicker to compete with Wes Byrum, as former seventh round draft choice Brandon Coutu signed a deal with the team. Coutu attended practice this afternoon but did not workout.

Coutu competed with Olindo Mare in 2008, but lost out on the starting kicking job, but then-head personnel man Tim Ruskell kept two kickers on the active roster for the entire season.

Coutu then competed with Mare for the kicker job in 2010, losing for a second straight year, and was released during final cut downs.

Coutu has had a couple tryouts since then, but never stuck with an NFL team.

Charlie Whitehurst talked to reporters about head coach Pete Carroll’s announcement that Tarvaris Jackson would be the starter when he begins practice on Thursday. Whitehurst said he was disappointed when Carroll told him, but still believes he has a chance to win the job.

“I’ve got to go out here and work hard and make the decision tougher for him down the road,” Whitehurst said. “It’s not necessarily something I wanted to here, but it’s something I’ve got to live with and just keep competing.”

We also had an opportunity to talk to free agent receiver Sidney Rice. The former Minnesota Viking said he’s pleased to be in Seattle, and the fact that his former offensive coordinator in Minnesota Darrell Bevell and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson are here played heavily in his decision.

“It’s great,” he said. “It’s always good to be around familiar people that you know well. Tarvaris is one of my closest friends ever since I came into the league. I used to hang out at this place all the time and vice versa. He used to come over to my place and it was like that. So I’m comfortable around him.

“Also, Bevell. I know the offense and didn’t have to learn anything new. Made a couple tweaks to the playbook, but nothing I can’t pick up right away so when I’m able to get out here, I’m read to step right on the field and be effective.”

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