If you were at the Seahawks’ mock game today, you didn’t see much of the team’s 2014 draft class.
In fact, by the end of the day, there was only one member of that class available to play — fullback Kiero Small.
The rest were in some state of injury, a development that didn’t escape coach Pete Carroll.
“I noticed that too,” Carroll said. “Both receivers are banged up a little bit. Paul (Richardson) will be back on Monday, he’s ready to go, Kevin (Norwood) is not. Cassius (Marsh) will be ready to go on Monday as well, he’s fine. The first eight or nine days wore them down a little bit; fortunately they got a chance to bounce back here.”
Indeed, as Carroll noted, many are expected back soon, still expected to play significant roles on the team this season. Saturday, though, they were largely absent. Here’s a look at the status of each at the moment:
WR Paul Richardson, second round: Richardson has made a real impact when he’s played. He’s been in and out of practices with a shoulder. But as Carroll noted above, he’s expected back on Monday.
OT Justin Britt, second round: Britt left the scrimmage early with a sore shoulder. There were no other details so we don’t know if it’s serious. But obviously the RT spot has taken a real turn the last week with the injury to Michael Bowie, the signing of Eric Winston, and Britt’s sore shoulder. If Britt isn’t out long, he’ll now compete with Winston for the RT job. For now, seems a good bet that spot goes to Winston.
DL Cassius Marsh, fourth round: Marsh showed some flashes the first few days, but has been sidelined the last few with a groin injury. But as noted above, Carroll says he’ll be back Monday, competing for depth on the DL at the tackle and end spots.
WR Kevin Norwood, fourth round: Norwood’s situation is beginning to seem a little more ominous. He’s been out most of the past week with a foot injury that also bothered him in the spring. Carroll said earlier this week he had an MRI that didn’t appear to show anything. But Carroll’s response above that Norwood won’t be back Monday indicates they are still searching for what’s going on. Seattle has some other WRs having nice camps, such as Bryan Walters and Phil Bates, so if Norwood remains out a while, there could be some tough decisions to make.
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, fourth round: Pierre-Louis has also been limited lately with an oblique injury — he was in full pads to start the practice today but did not see action in the mock game. Hasn’t been out there enough lately to get a real read on where he might factor into things, though early on he looked like a sure bet to make it and be a key special teams player.
DL Jimmy Staten, fifth round: Staten is sidelined with a hamstring injury that might keep him out for a while and won’t make it any easier to make it on a pretty deep DL.
DB Eric Pinkins, sixth round: Pinkins is on the PUP list with afoot injury and was seen on crutches today, indicating any return is a ways away.
FB Kiero Small, seventh found: Small has been healthy and working as the backup fullback to Derrick Coleman with Spencer Ware primarily playing tailback.
(Note: OL Garrett Scott, taken in the sixth round, was waived in May after it was discovered he had a heart ailment and is currently not playing football).