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August 12, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Monday practice notes: Rice shines, Harvin returns

The Seahawks are off the field following their Monday practice, a two-hour workout at VMAC in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.

The most significant personnel news may have been the return of receiver Sidney Rice to full status on the field, and Percy Harvin to the complex, beginning another phase of his rehab.

Rice was among the many receivers to catch TD passes during a rather lengthy red-zone drill in which the offense appeared as sharp as it has been all camp.

“I thought we did great in the red zone,”’ said quarterback Russell Wilson (you can see a few of his comments in the video below). “We are getting better and better every day. It’s so exciting for me, especially just playing the quarterback position. We have been scoring a lot of touchdowns in practice and hopefully that translates to the game. Usually it does. That’s what we did last year during the season.  We started scoring more and more touchdowns throughout practice and then it happened throughout the season.”

Rice appears to be getting back to full strength after missing some time to have a non-surgical procedure in Switzerland during the first week of camp.

“Having Sidney out there is a luxury,” Wilson said. “Having him out there is so nice. He’s got so much ability. He catches the ball. I was talking to (quarterbacks coach Carl Smith) this morning when we were out here earlier getting extra reps, and just watching Sidney catching the ball, his catching range is unbelievable. … he is a leader for our receivers so it’s good to have him.”

Harvin, meanwhile, is back at the complex after spending a week or so in New York following his hip surgery.

Said Wilson of Harvin: “He’s trying to get back as fast as he can. He’s so motivated. It’s going to take him some time, obviously. But just to have him around, to have a guy like that who brings energy when he walks into the room. That’s what you want, that when he walks into the room you feel his energy, you feel his passion, you feel his love for the game.”

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— The Seahawks had 19 players out today, including nine defensive linemen (or LEO/LBs). The most notable new player to that list was MLB Bobby Wagner, who worked fully on Sunday and likely was just taking a rest day with the Seahawks now off on Tuesday.

— To refresh the list of those who are out, here it is: Harvin, WR Bryan Walters (hamstring), RB Christine Michael (back spasms), CB Tharold Simon (foot), CB Ron Parker (hamstring), CB Byron Maxwell (ankle), DE Bruce Irvin (groin), Wagner (shoulder), DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), LB Ty Powell (thigh), LB Korey Toomer (non-football injury list), DE Michael Bennett (shoulder), OG James Carpenter (foot), TE Zach Miller (foot), DT Jesse Williams (knee), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Jaye Howard (shoulder), DE Greg Scruggs (knee), DT Tony McDaniel (groin).

— Bennett and Williams have also been practicing and also possibly just taking rest days, but we did not get coach Pete Carroll today so no official explanations.

— Among those back today were OL Mike Person, TE Darren Fells and WR Perez Ashford.

— Center Max Unger also appeared back to full status today and took the snaps with the first unit throughout practice.

— Newly-signed receiver Donavon Kemp was wearing No. 1 today after initially wearing 87.

— As noted, it was a good day for the offense, and among the highlight plays was a long pass to Jermaine Kearse when defender Richard Sherman fell down, one of the few missteps for Sherman during camp.  The offense didn’t miss the chance to celebrate.

— Rookie TE Luke Willson had a nice catch down the middle of a pass into tight coverage from Tarvaris Jackson (who also threw the pass to Kearse and seemed especially sharp today).

J.R. Sweezy appeared to be getting more of the No. 1 reps at right guard.

— TE Cooper Helfet also had a highlight-reel catch with a leaping grab in the end zone of  Jackson pass in the red zone drill.

— While Allen Bradford drew raves for his play at MLB against the Chargers in Wagner’s absence, Heath Farwell appeared to be getting more reps at MLB with the starting unit today.

Finally, here’s some video of Wilson’s post-practice session with the media:

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