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Balmer: 'I'm just happy to be here'

New addition defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer got some limited work in at this afternoon’s practice. Balmer worked inside at the 3-tech and also jumped in at some defensive end at the 5-technique during team drills today.

Balmer only saw a couple reps during team drills. He talked to reporters for a few minutes after practice, but had little to say about what happened in San Francisco.

So what happened between San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary and Balmer? After being asked several times, it became apparent that Balmer’s not telling.

“Like I said, I’m sure the 49ers have turned the page, and so am I," he said. "I’m just happy to be here as a Seattle Seahawk. And I’m just moving forward.”

Balmer said having former North Carolina teammate, fellow defensive lineman E.J. Wilson will help with the transition. And he also looks forward to playing his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, in Seattle’s regular-season opener on Sept. 12 at Qwest Field.

“It’s going to be a game,” he said. “Like I said, the 49ers and Seattle always have great games, always have great competition. I look forward to it being like that. There’s no hard feelings. I thank the 49ers for giving me an opportunity and allowing me to move on.”

Balmer is another guy defensive line coach Dan Quinn is familiar with, having worked out the North Carolina product during the 2008 draft process when Quinn coached with the N.Y. Jets.

Balmer said he had been working out while away from San Francisco's training camp and appeared to be in decent shape.

LoJack is back: After sitting out since the third day of training camp to nurse a lingering hamstring issue, defensive end Lawrence Jackson returned to the field on Tuesday and worked through team drills.

“That’s the thing with injuries – you just have to trust the training staff and be diligent with your rehab,” Jackson said. “It felt pretty good today. We’ll see how it feels in the morning. But it felt pretty good.”

Jackson mostly worked at the Leo position with the second and third units today. He said it’s a position he feels comfortable at. However, Jackson said he is also willing to swing to the other side and play some 5-technique if asked.

“There’s no question that a bigger guys is what they want (at 5-technique),” Jackson said. “Can I play that side? Yes. I don’t feel like I need to beef up. I came in at 275. And then when they said, 'Well, you can stay at this spot (Leo).’ Then I trimmed down. So it wasn’t a matter of bulking up or not. So I’m pretty much at my natural weight (270 pounds).”

Hasselbeck get red marks

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talked about his performance on Saturday against the Tennessee Titans this afternoon after practice. Hassellbeck said he knows he has to play better.

“I got graded pretty tough, like I would expect to,” Hasselbeck said. “And I should have finished the day probably 6-for-10, or 7-for-10. It could have been cleaner, a little more crisp.

“I probably lacked a lot of energy and enthusiasm when I was out there, which is something that I have to bring to the table. It’s something that we’ve had here at practice, but we’ve go to transfer that to a preseason game, even if it’s just a preseason game. You still have to bring all of that stuff.”

Hasselbeck said he hopes to get more time this week to kind of iron out the kinks.

“The preseason is good,” he said. “It helps you get a rhythm. It helps you feel like you’re getting going and all of that. But at the same time, the No. 1 thing is just coming out healthy for the start of the regular season. If I had to prioritize, I would put health first, and getting some live game reps second.”Some tidbits:

* The Seahawks worked through game situations today, including the fourth-and-2 situation between Indianapolis and New England last season where the Patriots went for it on fourth down late in the game on their side of the field.

The team also worked through other real-life game situations, including a scenario from Deion Branch’s MVP performance during the Super Bowl.

“I think it’s more fun, and you can kind of have a better grasp of the situation and all of the things that could happen if you put a real game to it, a real situation to it,” Hasselbeck said.

* Speaking of Branch, he had another strong performance in practice today, pretty much getting open whenever he wanted a making catch after catch.

* Ben Obomanu also quietly had another solid practice after playing good against Tennessee.

* Safety Jordan Babineaux had a nice interception off a tipped ball during team drills.

* T.J. Houshmandzadeh remained out today as he continues to deal with a personal matter.

* New addition kicker Clint Stitser handled all of the kicking duties today as Olindo Mare rested a sore calf.

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