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Konz waived/injured with hip issue; Okung still absent

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks to reporters after Monday's practice (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

Day 3 of training camp is in the books, and linebacker Aaron Curry still was not back on the field.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said there’s a possibility Curry could return for the single practice on Tuesday, but more likely scenario is Curry returning to full go on Thursday.

“He’s much better,” Carroll said. “I think tomorrow he’ll be able to get out here. Probably with one practice tomorrow we’ll cruise him through to Thursday. But he’s just about ready to pop back out there from what I understand.”

Curry suffered a concussion rushing the passer against running back Justin Forsett in a helmet-to-helmet collision that left Curry shaking the cobwebs out of his head afterward.

Russell Okung did not report to camp today, and the Seahawks are losing valuable time working the future starting left tackle into the fold. Carroll said the offense will be through most of the basic installation by Wednesday.

And this is the same offensive line that had struggles with cohesion throughout last season, cycling through five left tackles, three left guards, three centers and three right guards, with a total of six different starting offensive line combinations in 2009.

“This is the area of the football team that needs the most communication,” Carroll said about Okung’s absence. “The most sense for one another. The time together, because of the intricacy of the calls and the dynamics of what happens on the offensive line are really complex. … This is really important to the kid so he can play to his best, and it’s really hurting him.”

Carroll again said that he views the Okung situation as clear cut, with the No. 5 overall pick Eric Berry now signed with Kansas City and No. 7 overall pick Joe Haden done in Cleveland.

“We’re very open and very strong about trying to get this thing done,” Carroll said. “And each day that goes by Russell falls further behind, and it’s hurting him immensely.

“So hopefully we’ll be able to get something done here, but it’s very clear cut. And it does not need to be a difficult situation right here, because there’s so much history and pattern to this.”

Asked if things are at an impasse, Carroll had this to say: “I can’t tell you that. I don’t know that. Stuff happens every day. So I can’t tell you anything right now about that.” Seventh-round draft choice TE Jameson Konz was waived/injured with hip issues. The Seahawks claimed offensive guard Gregg Peat, a rookie out of Oregon State recently waived by Indianapolis to fill vacant roster spot.

Carroll said he’s been pleased with the overall performance of the running backs so far.

“I think we’ve seen really good work from Julius (Jones) and Justin (Forsett),” Carroll said. “And Quinton Ganther has really done a very good job. And he’s played some fullback too, which is nice.

“And Owen Schmitt has got back out here, and he has a lot of experience. So that group seems to be really solid right now.”

Carroll went on to mention the addition of Leon Washington to that group, noting that he looked fast in kickoff returns during the second practice of the day.

The Seahawks worked through two-minute offense with the first and second units and will go through the tape with the team after practice tonight.

Some tidbits

* Linebacker Lofa Tatupu was limited today, so David Hawthorne shifted to middle backer and Leroy Hill got some work at weak-side backer with the first unit. Deion Branch also was limited today as veteran maintenance issue.

* Deon Butler had two, long touchdown catches in team drills today.

* Lawrence Jackson has been getting some work at the “Leo” position the last, couple practices, along with backing up Red Bryant at strong-side defensive end.

* Golden Tate caught a deep ball against cornerback Cord Parks.

* Justin Forsett has looked good running the ball with the first unit so far during camp.

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