The Seahawks have completed their seventh practice of Training Camp, a no-pads affair under cloudy skies at the VMAC.
As has often been the case of late, the bigger news came afterward when coach Pete Carroll gave an update on receiver Percy Harvin, who had surgery on his hip today in New York.
Carroll said the surgery “went very well.” But he also said there is “a long rehab process coming up.” That will begin in New York, where Harvin will stay for a few weeks, Carroll said.
“Then we will get him back here in due time,” Carroll said. “But we don’t have any dates or timelines or any of that kind of stuff. But we are going to be very optimistic and hope he gets back as soon as possible and be glad that we can get him fixed up and he’ll be ready to go eventually.”
Asked if that meant Harvin could return this season, Carroll said: “Hope so yeah, that’s what we are hoping. … with all the information we got, we are more hopeful. We are hopeful that he will have a chance to get back.”
Harvin was one of 20 players who sat out some or all of practice today.
But Carroll said all but Harvin have a chance to be back for the first game.
“All of the things we are dealing with, we are very hopeful that they will get back and get out there within a few days,” he said.
That includes DE Chris Clemons, rehabbing an ACL injury suffered in the playoff win over Washington.
“Clem’s doing really well,” Carroll said. “Really excited about the progress he is making. We’ve got some hopeful thoughts about that that (we’ll) keep under our hat, but he’s doing well.’’
Carroll also said RB Robert Turbin and TE Zach Miller should be back in a week or two.
“Turbo’s got a chance to get back next week sometime,” Carroll said. “For sure within two weeks. He’s running now, he’s working out hard. Just trying to make sure we give him enough time to get back in shape so once he starts working at the clip we go at that he will be all right. And that’s the same with Zach. Want to make sure those guys are in good enough condition once they get back the process they have gone through has worked out great and they are running, but because we didn’t run them for quite some time we want to get them back in good condition before we put them back on the field with the players.”
Also out again today was LB Bobby Wagner, who Carroll said has a sore shoulder. But Carroll said Wagner also could be back next week.
“There are an array of guys that we are resting just because it’s that time to do that,” Carroll said. “But we’ve got a couple of nagging kind of groins and things like that. Nothing serious at this point.”
Rookie tight end Luke Willson practiced today but wore a red jersey after hurting his shoulder on Wednesday. Carroll said they wanted him to at least run through some plays because “he needs to get all of the work, but we didn’t want to bang him around.”
In a few other personnel notes and Carroll quotes:
— Carroll said WR Sidney Rice should be back “in a day or so here depending on the time frames. not sure about the travel and all of that.”
— DT Jesse Williams sat out today to rest his knee after practicing on Wednesday. “To just try to get him back out there and keep him healthy, we think it’s better to rest him. He worked really hard yesterday so we thought it would be a good plan to ease him back in.”
— CB Jeremy Lane has been out with a bruised foot, Carroll said. “He could be back in a couple of days,” Carroll said. “Just has to get over the intensity of the pain right now but he will be fine.’’
— Asked about the progress of Christine Michael, Carroll said: “He’s done nothing but good stuff. Very quick, lightning quick. A really good worker. He finishes, he makes an impression to you all the time about he’s willing to bust his tail and get down the field and finish runs and finish blocks and all that stuff. He’s really fast, too, and he’s picking things up so he’s doing good.’’
— Asked about DT Jordan Hill, Carroll said it was too soon to know for sure what his role will be for the season. “We’ve got to get those guys in some games before we are going to know that. But we would like to see him compete to be in the nickel group and rush the passer. He’s got some nice quickness and a good style about his pass rush. We’ll see if that fits in.’’
— Asked about WR Bryan Walters, Carroll said: “He’s really having a great camp. He’s working his tail off, working on special teams. He’s just made a bunch of clutch catches out here. He has great hands, he’s really a great athlete, it’s showing up, so he’s been very impressive.”
— Asked about the progress of OG James Carpenter, Carroll said: “He’s doing really well. He’s having a tremendous camp. Just thrilled about him getting back out here. He’s getting a regular does of plays. He’s going with the ones and the twos and rotating all around. He’s very physical. He looks quick. He’s in good shape movement wise. I think his endurance condition will pick up as his weight adjusts a little bit. He’s right around 340 right now. I’m not concerned right now about what he weighs as much as what condition he gets in. We’ve talked about when he’s in really good shape, which is going to take him a goot month with us, whatever that weight is we’ll see where that settles, he’s got a chance to really help us. Everything that we saw in picking him is out there. Physical, tough, doing really well with his assignments and all of that stuff. So we are very hopeful that he can be a big contributor.’’
— Maybe the star of the day today was backup TE Cooper Helfet, who took advantage of the injuries to Miller, Michael Palmer (groin) and Darren Fells (hamstring) and had by Carroll’s count five catches. “Cooper had a great day today,” Carroll said. “He made about five catches today, about three of them were circus catches. He had started camp a little slow he’s got great hands so it really came together for him so it was fun to see him do that.’’
— Carroll said LB/DE O’Brien Schofield is off to a strong start, saying: “I really like this guy. Loved him playing against him and coming out of college, too, and he’s jumped in there playing Sam backer and in the nickel groups as an outside rusher. He’s got a nice pass rush package, he’s quick and he’s strong enough to be physical when he wants to and he’s just really a natural outside backer, 250-something pounds or so. I think we are very fortunate to get him.”
— Carroll said Brady Quinn and Tarvaris Jackson are rotating working with the twos and threes and said both have been “very steady” and that “it’s a great competition.”
— The team will have a mock game tomorrow. “We will present a bunch of situations and actually we will play it out like it’s a game and I will orchestrate the stuff,” Carroll said. “We’ll just move the ball for punts, the place kicks will be included. It’s a test day for them to show us where they are and how far we have come as we are one week away from a game and we will try to make some really good evaluations. A big day for guys, all the guys competing or some spots a great chance for them to show they are picking it up and ready to contribute.’’
— Also still out today were the likes of DE Cliff Avril, CB Ron Parker, DE Kenneth Boatright, OL Michael Bowie, DT Michael Brooks and LB Kyle Knox.
You can see Carroll’s comments about Harvin and a few other things in the video below: