The Seahawks are off the field following their Tuesday practice, their second-to-last before traveling to San Diego to open the pre-season against the Chargers — or the day before the day before, as coach Pete Carroll called it on Twitter this morning.
Carroll did not speak to local reporters after practice today, however, so there was no update on what are a couple of new apparent injuries that have cropped up in recent days.
OL James Carpenter missed all of practice today after limping off the field on Monday. It’s unclear exactly what the issue is, but Carpenter has had nagging knee issues and had an off-season surgery that was hoped to finally clear things up enough for him to play this season. He missed time both Sunday and Monday before being out today, a somewhat ominous sign, though hard to know for sure until we get an official report (though the unofficial word is that it’s related to his foot/ankle and not the knee).
Also missing the end of practice today was RB Christine Michael, who left late in the team session. The team was practicing without pads and without much contact and there was no noticeable injury.
Also out today was K Steven Hauschka, which had Carson Wiggs handling field goals.
Also still out today, among others, were center Max Unger and newly-acquired receiver Early Doucet, each of whom has missed the last two days. Unger’s injury is not considered serious, while it’s unclear what is going on with Doucet, whose efforts to make the team as a late addition obviously won’t be helped by not practicing.
Also still out today was LB Bruce Irvin (groin) as well as the group that has been out for a while, such as Cliff Avril, Robert Turbin (who has been cleared to participate but has yet to do so). DT Tony McDaniel also walked off during practice with an undisclosed injury. WR Bryan Walters was also out again today. Among those back was WR Stephen Williams (wearing a red jersey) and DE Michael Bennett.
In terms of the lineup, Brandon Browner was back working with the ones after having not been out there during much of Monday’s practice, when Walter Thurmond instead worked with the starting unit. Antoine Winfield also usually worked as the starting nickelback with Thurmond with the second team.
Lemuel Jeanpierre again took the No. 1 reps at center with Unger out, and Mike Morgan continued to work a lot at the right defensive end, or LEO spot, with Avril out.
There was a lot of red zone and short yardage work today, which didn’t lend itself to a lot of spectacular plays. Bryon Maxwell might have turned in the highlight with an interception of a tipped pass that he returned for six. QB Russell Wilson also got a loud cheer when he caught his own tipped pass and broke upfield.
The Seahawks will practice again tomorrow morning and then take off for San Diego.