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Morning links: Brandon Coutu, take two

[caption id="attachment_11093" align="aligncenter" width="266" caption="Seattle Seahawks kicker Brandon Coutu. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)"] [/caption] Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Brandon Coutu, who is back competing for the kicker job in Seattle after a year out of the league.

Coutu says he’s fully healthy after having surgery to clean up a hip issue that affected his play during his time with Seattle. A seventh-round pick by the Seahawks in 2008, Coutu lost out to Olindo Mare in back-to-back seasons and was released in 2009.

But now he’s back competing for the job with 10-year veteran Jeff Reed, and made a 53-yarder in practice a few days ago.

Boling asked Coutu about the 2008 season, which included an apparent tug-of-war between general manager Tim Ruskell and head coach Mike Holmgren that left two kickers on the active roster for the entire season.

“I have no idea,” Coutu answered to the question: What the heck was going on? “I just tried to work hard every day and be prepared to play. I have no idea about any of that; I just came to work every day and did what they wanted me to.”

My story today includes more on Marshawn Lynch and some notes from practice.

Clare Farnsworth of talks to Lynch about the art of the stiff arm.

More Farnsworth: His practice report includes a photo of Russell Okung working out.

I talk with Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore about the state of the Seahawks in this audio link, including my thoughts on receiver Doug Baldwin.

In an interview with, Seahawks general manager John Schneider says he apologized to Minnesota’s front office for comments he made in a story by Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports about how quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was handled by the organization.

The Giants will bring back former Seahawk safety Deon Grant.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, former Green Bay safety Atari Bigby visited the Seahawks on Monday. This makes some sense because Seattle is young at this position.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald profiles cornerback Brandon Browner.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press provides more context on Seattle rookie safety Mark LeGree and his summer job working construction during the lockout.

Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle talks with former Seahawk Rob Toebeck about the severity of Russell Okung’s ankle injury in this audio link.

Quarterback Nate Davis, who was released by the Seahawks during the offseason, has been released by Indianapolis.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times talks with safety Earl Thomas, which includes this zinger: “The position is called safety for a reason. When Thomas played it wrong, he created a new role — risky.”

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a closer look at the Seahawks offensive line.