The Seahawks are off the field following their Tuesday practice, one which saw a number of players who have been out lately return to practice.
Among those back in pads were tight end Zach Miller, defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, defensive end Jaye Howard, cormerback Ron Parker, running back Christine Michael, linebacker/end Bruce Irvin and receiver Sidney Rice.
Most participated in early work and then were limited or did not work in the team period, which coach Pete Carroll said was the plan.
“All those guys who came back today we didn’t shove anybody into full go work load and we want to see how they respond and get them one day closer to game time,” he said.
Miller said he is 100 percent recovered from the foot injury that has ailed him since June, but said he will need a little time to work back into football shape.
Carroll seemed to indicate that guys like Miller and Rice might not play this week, or in the exhibition season, saying the goal is to be ready for the beginning of the season.
However, they would like to see more out of Irvin at linebacker, and McDaniel and Michael.
Of Miller, Carroll said: “We are going to be very careful. If you notice, he was invovled in the early part of practice and we kept him out of the team periods and all that and we will just go one day at a time with him and see how he responds. We are still long-haul thinking for the opener.”
Of Rice, he said: “Shooting for the opener. We’ll see what happens this week.”
Of Avril and McDaniel, he said: “I didn’t get a chance to see what Tony or Cliff did but anxious to see the film because we have seen so little of those guys. Tony is really important in the competition. We need to see him these next two weeks so he was real anxious about getting back out there and hopefully showing some good things and Cliff it’s just a matter of time before we ger him full speed and we think he can definitely be a factor.”
Of Irvin, he said: “We kept him out of team drills but worked indivdiual and early part and if he responds well he will get more tomorrow. … we would love to get him some play time obviously and it’s important that we do, and he’s fighting to get back, too.”
Of Michael, he said he’s “not back to full go but he did take a few snaps in team period and we’re just trying to get him back in the flow of things. We’ll see tomorrow how he handles it.”
Out today was fullback Michael Robinson, whom Carroll said was ill but will be back tomorrow.
Carroll also said DT Jordan Hill “banged” his arm during practice, though there was no early word on if that is serious.
Also out today was DT Jesse Williams, likely resting his knee.
Still out are WR Bryan Walters, G James Carpenter and the others who remain on the PUP list.
Carroll said Walters tried to go but was unable to, a disappointment for a free agent trying to make the team.
Carroll also explained the reasoning behind the Monday trade of John Moffitt, saying that the team had given him a chance to beat out J.R. Sweezy but that Sweezy simply beat him out.
He also said the trade is as much of a reflection of the progress of young players Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie as much as anything else. Each can play guard — Bailey played it primarily in college — and Carroll said “those guys have surprised us.” Trading Moffitt obviously increases the chances those two make the team.
Brian Sanford, acquired in the trade from Cleveland, did not practice today as he was still undergoing his physical.
Carroll said he will be used at defensive tackle in a role similar to that of Hill in “the hope that he can be an active rusher for us” inside.
Here’s some of Carroll’s session with the media where he talks about the game with Green Bay and a few other items: