It was who was watching from the sidelines that got the attention today as the Seahawks went through their lightest practice of training camp, a 75-minutes walk-through in preparation for a scrimmage on Saturday.
The practice was the first this year for tailback Marshawn Lynch, who walked onto the field about 15 minutes into the workout.
Lynch didn’t take part, instead watching from the side throughout, then walked off the field afterward with Richard Sherman:
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Running backs coach Sherman Smith, though, said Lynch will return to practice soon. While he sat out mini-camp in June with an ankle injury, Smith said today that Lynch has been cleared to practice.
“We are looking for him getting out there and getting some reps,” Smith said. “I can’t wait to see it.”
Smith, though, echoed what coach Pete Carroll said in June, that Lynch is unlikely to get much work in pre-season games.
“Not much more than he’s gotten in the past,” Smith said. “Marshawn doesn’t do a lot of running in the pre-season, so that’s the way it’s going to be. He comes back, nothing is going to change. Absolutely nothing.”
Lynch didn’t talk to the media afterward, but teammates said they were glad to have him back.
“That obviously brings a level of excitement back to our team because we have our heart and soul of the locker room back in the locker room, back on the football field,” said receiver Doug Baldwin. “Just to see his jersey number 24 is special to all of us. He carries the team on his back literally, so we are excited to have him back.”
You can see more of what Smith had to say below.
As for a few other notes from practice:
— As noted above, this was a light workout, without pads or helmets. So not one in which much can really be assessed other than seeing who was out there and who wasn’t. The team moved at about two-thirds speed or so.
— As noted, this was a really light workout with the team scrimmaging tomorrow. So that had two players we haven’t seen all camp on the field — safety Kam Chancellor and linebacker Malcolm Smith, each coming off of off-season surgeries. Each participates in similar walk-throughs that we don’t see, but this was simply the first time we saw them on the field, and it appears each remains on track to return soon.
— Among those who sat out today were OLs Michael Bowie and James Carpenter, WR Kevin Norwood and DE Cassius Marsh. Among those who returned today were WRs Paul Richardson, Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin, TE Zach Miller and DL Michael Bennett.
— Bobby Wagner also remained out with a hamstring issue again giving most of the reps at MLB to undrafted free agent Brock Coyle, who is quickly becoming one of the off-the-radar players to watch as the Seahawks start playing games Thursday at Denver.
— Also remaining out is LT Russell Okung, who like Smith and Chancellor has yet to practice in full this year. But unlike those two, Okung did not get on the field today.
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