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August 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Sunday practice report: Turbin makes it back, Michael sits it out

There was a noticeable change in the Seahawks’ backfield during their practice at the VMAC today — back was 2012 backup Robert Turbin, and out was 2013 second-round draftee Christine Michael, who had been one of the stars of the exhibition win over the Chargers Thursday.

Coach Pete Carroll said Michael is suffering from back spasms and was “pretty stoved up today, so it might be a little bit before we get him back out.’’ Michael had 89 yards on 16 carries against the Chargers, and there’s no question the Seahawks were giving him some work against San Diego to test his durability, after he had a few injury issues in college, as well.

That gave a lot of work to Turbin, who talked later of how hard it has been to sit and watch while rehabbing a nagging foot injury.

Turbin looked good today, however, hitting the hole hard, and acknowledged later that he has fresher legs than a lot of the other backs at this point in training camp.

“It’s great to have him out,” Carroll said. “We rested him and he’s just been chomping at the bit. He had such a good first year and he’s a real big part of the  young group on this team and I’m excited that he’s back out there and he looked really good today. And of course he has fresh legs and all that, but it was really good to have him back out there, and for him too. He’s been very frustrated.”

Michael was one of 18 players out today. Most of those have been out for a while, including the five players on the PUP list.

Among other new players out were a few injured in the game against the Chargers:

— DL Jaye Howard, of whom Carroll said he “banged his shoulder but he played well in the game, did a nice job, made some nice plays for us. But he’s a little sore today.’’

— LB Ty Powell (thigh bruise);

— CB Byron Maxwell (ankle);

— and WR Perez Ashford (unknown).

Carroll also gave some updates on some of the other players who have been out:

— Asked about TE Zach Miller and DE Cliff Avril, he said: “They are doing well in the rehab and they are running well on the ground and working out. Again we are going to continue to be conservative with them at this early time. It might still be two weeks away before they do something but I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of this week they are doing more and getting closer to the practice field.’’

— Asked if he needs to see those two play in the third preseason game, he said:  “Not really. We’d like to see Cliff more than Zach of course. Zach is pretty groomed in what we are doing. He just needs the practice time to get in football shape and get banged around and all that like  both guys do. We know less about Cliff but we’ve seen him so much on film that we understand him. It would  be great to have him out there just for the continuity of everyone involved.’’

— Of OG James Carpenter, out with a foot injury, Carroll said: “He’s still a couple weeks away from being back on the field we think but it is improving regularly and we know how the course of it is going to go, so we are going to get him back, it’s just going to take a while and it’s unfortunate for him because it was so good to see him on a regular basis just getting back to football so it’s frustrating to him.’’

— Of Bruce Irvin, he said: “Looked great this morning. Looked great in his workout. He was flying around. But we are going to be conservative go after this day off Tuesday and see where we are there. He’s really fighting to get back out here. Looked good today, so he’s close.’’

— Of DL Tony McDaniel, he said: “He’s not quite as far along as Bruce is, but again all these guys are trying to get back on the field this week.’’

— Of WR Bryan Walters, he said: “Got a hammy, he’s really close. Probably will wait til after Tuesday with him too, so that once they are back they are really back. Not a bad hamstring but just enough to continue to take a real conservative approach so that when they come back they are back full go.’’

Carroll also offered these assessments of some of what he saw in the film from the win over the Chargers:

— On the first-team offense and defense: “I thought we were a little sloppy. Offensively we didn’t get open when we needed to a couple of times and Russ (Russell Wilson) just misfired on a couple of balls. It was exacerbated by the fact that the defense was on the field extra and we had a couple of penalties that kept drives going. But we played really hard and looked good doing the things we were trying to do. Philip Rivers dinked the ball really well. They threw and caught it really well early on. But we kept them out of the end zone and it’s just the first time out. … they (the starters) will play considerably more in this game.’’

— On rookie offensive tackles Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey: “I know (offensive line coach) Tom (Cable) was really excited about the way they played., To get through the game with no sacks, and those guys played three quarters of that game. It showed very well. They have  looked athletic and been on the scheme pretty well, but I think they’ve maybe made a bit more progress than we might have thought. It’s a good start for those guys.”

— On the play of MLB Allen Bradford: “Did some really good things. Made some nice hits. Called the huddle for us did a nice job controlling the defense, didn’t have any problems with that. A couple of pass defense issues that we’ve got to work on, drops and things like that. But he played pretty well for his first time out, and the thing we needed to see when is run and hit and knock the heck out of people and he did that. So it was a great first shot.’’

— On the tight ends: “They did fine. Luke (Willson) got started a little slow and then got going and  got his feet under him with his blocking and caught the ball when he got his chances. (Sean) McGrath did a real nice job. I thought he played really consistent ball on the edges and blocking and all and that’s something I was anxious to see, and he’s a little stronger than he was last year, a little more physical, and that showed up. Coop (Cooper Helfet) missed a ball, but other than that they played a good, solid first game.’’

As for practice, the Seahawks were in helmets and shoulder pads and shorts/sweats.

A few trick plays were pulled off in front of the assembled 2,800 or so, including a Sidney Rice pass to Wilson.

Willson might have had the play of the day when he caught a ball over his shoulder down the seam on a pass from Wilson after getting past linebacker Malcolm Smith.

John Moffitt appeared to be getting a lot of work with the ones at right guard.

Newly-acquired receiver Donavon Kemp (wearing No. 87) got right into the mix with a TD catch in a red-zone drill.

Finally, here’s a little video of Carroll’s post-practice session with the media:

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