The last few days have inevitably focused on the continuing injury issues of the defensive line.
And that has made it easy to overlook that the offensive line appears as if it will be at full strength for the beginning of the season.
The trade of John Moffitt last week also served as the official anointing of J.R. Sweezy as the starting right guard, clearing up one big question.
Clearing up another has been the return to practice this week of James Carpenter, the team’s 2011 first-round pick who is competing for playing time at left guard.
Carpenter has yet to play during the preaseason while battling a foot injury. That came after he missed some time early in camp while still recovering from off-season knee surgery.
Carpenter, though, said today he has a clean bill of health.
“I feel great,” he said.
The foot injury, he said, is healed.
And as for the troublesome knee?
“My knee is 110 percent,” he said.
If so, Carpenter will add some needed, experienced depth to the middle of the line.
While Carpenter has also played right tackle during his Seattle career, he said he likes it better at left guard and hopes to stay there.
“I love guard,” he said. “It’s my favorite position being on the left side, so hopefully I can stay right there. … I can play either one, but I love left guard.”
Carpenter says that’s in part because he’s played left guard since high school and the foot movements come more naturally.
He also said he doesn’t feel as if he fell behind any during the time he missed.
“I’m just glad to be healthy and be out there,” he said.