The Seahawks are off the field following their first of three mini-camp practices this week.
Like the OTAs, these are non-padded, no-contact workouts (really, the only difference is these are mandatory).
The only new injury of note is TE Zach Miller sitting out with a sore foot. Coach Pete Carroll indicated it is not serious and said Miller got a lot of work in the OTAs and can sit these out to get prepared for the season — Miller had a boot on the foot. Carroll said the injury is not related to a foot injury Miller suffered last season.
A few previously injured players participated at least in part, including DE Cliff Avril, who took part in some of practice but not in team stuff; OT Breno Giacomini, whom Carroll said is fine and not limited; and DT Jesse Williams, whose play Carroll praised noting he weighed in today at 329.
Still out is cornerback Tharold Simon with a stress-fracture-type injury (Carroll’s words). Carroll said they want to “reassess” the foot to make sure it is healing properly and there is no need to rush him back right now, saying “we are going to be overly cautious this time of year.”
Here are a few more notes and quotes. …
— Also out today was WR Percy Harvin (hip) and Sidney Rice was also limited late in the practice. That gave a lot of work with the No. 1 unit to Doug Baldwin and, to a lesser extent, Jermaine Kearse. QB Russell Wilson praised the play of Baldwin saying “he killed it today.” Carroll also complimented Baldwin, noting he’s healthy this year and that he also may have put too much pressure on himself last season to try to live up to what he had done the previous year.
— DT Tony McDaniel, who stands 6-7, knocked down two passes. Said Carroll: “He keeps knocking down passes. He’s not Too Tall, but he’s tall and that’s a positive.”
— With Miller out, Sean McGrath and Luke Willson got work with the No. 1 offense. Carroll said McGrath continues to impress, having put on about 8-10 pounds from last season.
— Chris Clemons is attending the mini-camp but not participating. Carroll said Clemons remains “ahead of schedule” but that it’s still difficult to say definitively he will be ready for the start of the season. He said they will not rush the injury and will want to make sure he is completely healthy before putting him back on the field.
— Carroll said Chris Harper is starting out at split end but will eventually be used all over the field as a receiver.
— Carroll said RB Christine Michael has had some good practices and has shown good quickness and ability to catch the ball. But he said his ability to break tackles —- which won’t be evident until pads come on — will be a key in forging a role on the team, as well as special teams.
— Carroll was asked indirectly about the comments earlier in the day of Jim Harbaugh (Harbaugh’s name was not mentioned in the question) about PED use. Carroll said the team is going everything it can to prevent any more issues and that “as we as we’re concerned we think we have addressed it directly.” In other words, no bulletin board material.