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Thursday practice report: Locklear, Clemons back in action

The Seattle Seahawks practiced indoors this afternoon as they continue prep for the first road game of the season at Denver.

Offensive tackle Sean Locklear (family) and defensive end Chris Clemons (ankle) returned to practice this afternoon. Offensive guard Mike Gibson was a full participant in practice.

Linebacker Matt McCoy (quad) remained on the sidelines on Thursday. Offensive tackle Chester Pitts (knee) and wide receiver Mike Williams were limited participants. Offensive tackle Russell Okung (ankle) remained out and watched with his helmet from the sideline.

The Seahawks made some more moves today, bringing back offensive lineman Brian De La Puente and adding recently released cornerback Kennard Cox to the practice squad, and releasing cornerback Cord Parks and linebacker Joe Pawelek.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talked to reporters before practice about the matchup, and mentioned Denver’s veteran secondary anchored by cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins as a concern that Seattle would have to watch for on Sunday.

“They’re really experienced in the secondary,” Hasselbeck said. “I’d say that’s the thing that sticks out to me is just they’re probably the most experienced group in the secondary of anybody in the league, and they have great players like Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey, so it’ll be a challenge for us.”

As far as playing any differently on the road, Hasselbeck said when the team traveled to Minnesota for the third preseason they basically went through the same routine they will this weekend, and head coach Pete Carroll emphasized treating the road games like any other games.

“In the past, people have made a big deal about it,” Hasselbeck said. “And Pete was like, ‘I’m not going to do that. It’s not a big deal. You did it today, the Metrodome is the second loudest stadium in the league, and it was no big deal. So there you go.’ That’s what he said.”

Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates talked about the addition offensive lineman Stacy Andrews and what that means to the offensive line this week.

“He’s had a great week of practice,” he said. “Again, you’re talking about a guy that’s played in the West Coast offense and so he has a lot of carry over from (Philadelphia). He’s a good football player. He’s a big man and he’s athletic. And we look forward to playing him on Sunday.”