The Seahawks are off the field following their Thursday practice, which also marked the official end of training camp.
The Hawks were in shells, so there wasn’t the hitting of Wednesday, which had been one of the team’s more physical practices of camp.
Among those missing practice were WR Sidney Rice. However, coach Pete Carroll did not speak to the media today so we did not get an explanation, though it’s more than likely Rice was just taking it easy following some good days of work earlier in the week.
Also still out was DE Bruce Irvin, whom the team had been hoping to get back on the field this week with a chance to play on Saturday. However, that doesn’t seem likely now, putting a further dent in the team’s hopes of getting him a lot of work at LB during the exhibition season.
In all, there were 12 players out, the lowest number since the beginning of camp, and a total that includes the five players on the PUP or non-football-injury lists (Percy Harvin, etc,)
DE Cliff Avril again practiced, but didn’t appear to work during the team sessions. LB Ty Powell was also back but also didn’t appear to do anything during the team sessions.
Also back today was DL Jaye Howard, who bruised his shoulder against the Chargers.
BATES GETS SOME TRIES AT FULLBACK: Among the most interesting sights today was receiver Phil Bates, who at 6-1, 220 pounds is the second-heaviest receiver outside of Chris Harper, taking some snaps at fullback.
“We are trying to see what we have there,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. “We put Phil in at fullback a little bit and want to see how he takes hold of that and see what we kind of have. We’ve had him here long enough that we know what we can expect from him outside. But he’s a big body and we want to see what he can do in the backfield.”
While Bates played some quarterback at Ohio he also saw some time in the backfield, including rushing 78 times for 519 yards in 2010.