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July 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Five for football: Thoughts from day one of training camp

  1. Percy Harvin’s situation is complicated, and that’s about all we really know right now. Harvin didn’t practice on Thursday, the first day of training camp. He also didn’t practice much during earlier offseason workouts, although Pete Carroll said at the time it was just precautionary. That tone changed a little today, when the Seahawks revealed that Harvin had a hip injury, possibly a torn labrum. Carroll, though, said no decision has been made regarding surgery. The team is going to seek a second opinion. The injury, and the fact Harvin didn’t practice, caused a stir among some in the media. Harvin entered Seattle with a reputation as a locker-room distraction. He has also been criticized before for not practicing.  Judd Zulgad, a sports talk radio host in the Twin Cities, fired off these three tweets after hearing of Harvin’s status: “So PFT reports Seahawks want Harvin to try to practice with hip injury, while getting treatment. Did Seattle did any background on this guy?… Percy very well might end up playing in games but he will NOT practice with this under any circumstances. Seahawks could have called me… I’m just floored by this. Literally floored. This is Percy Harvin. Bevell knows him. He will do anything he can to not take part in camp.” Pete Prisco from CBS also tweeted: “I can tell you this from being there, the Vikings aren’t too upset that Harvin is gone. Now Seattle might be finding out why.” He added, “All Hot-Tub team: WR Percy Harvin.” It will be interesting to follow in the coming days, and it could carry huge implications for Seattle this season.
  2. J.R. Sweezy worked with the first-team offensive line to open camp. Sweezy and John Moffitt had shared first-team duties during OTAs and mini-camp earlier this offseason, but Sweezy (I think) spent all his time at guard with the first team. James Carpenter returned to the field for the first time this offseason, and it’s expected that he’ll take over starting guard duties if and when he is fully healthy.
  3. Brady Quinn worked with the second unit while Tarvaris Jackson worked with the third team. Not many people expect that to hold up, but it shows that the Seahawks gave Quinn the inside edge for being with the team this offseason. I expect Jackson to start getting more time with the second team shortly, though.
  4. Earl Thomas cut his hair, shedding his dreads for a close-crop look. It’s going to take some getting used to. But, hey, he also made a really nice diving interception off Russell Wilson on Thursday.
  5. Great crowd on hand for day one. The Seahawks said there were 2,800 people there, and they were pretty into it, starting chants and getting excited for big plays. Just another reminder of how football crazy this city is right now.

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