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August 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Seattle Seahawks practice notes: Linebackers getting healthy

Seattle’s practice for Monday is over. And there were two new players in pads — linebacker Malcolm Smith, last seen winning the Super Bowl MVP, and Korey Toomer.

Each did some early work but did not participate in team drills as they  will be eased back into action.

Smith has been out since before OTAs and mini-camp after having surgery on his ankle. Toomer, who was one of the standouts of the OTA/mini-camp season, has been out with a hamstring.

Coach Pete Carroll said the obvious — that it was good to see each back and get them going. It’s an especially critical few weeks for Toomer, a third-year player whose spot on the roster is hardly secure.

Carroll said Bruce Irvin is also making good progress and did some running and cutting today and could be back in the next week or two. He said today was the first day Irvin has been able to change directions.

The hope is also that MLB Bobby Wagner returns next week.

So the linebacking corps is going to get pretty competitive pretty quickly here.

Toomer was activated off the PUP list, so a corresponding move should have to be made on the active roster. (UPDATE) — I was wrong on this. No roster move was needed.

Also today. …

— WR Bryan Walters sat out today after being banged around a little in the game Friday, specifically having some sore ribs. But it sounds like he won’t be out long.

— OLs Max Unger and Russell Okung continue to work full in practice and are expected to play Friday. Same with safety Kam Chancellor.

Eric Winston got some work at left tackle, with Alvin Bailey going some at right tackle. Carroll said that was just to add versatility to the offensive line.

— Carroll said the review of the film showed that it was one of the better offensive line performances in a preseason game he can remember and specifically cited the play of James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy. “We were really flying off the football,” he said.

— Asked about Terrelle Pryor, Carroll said he likes the way he’s been throwing the ball, saying “he’s been great in practice.”

— He also reiterated what he had said earlier about the NFL saying that the flag on Tharold Simon should not have been called.

— Carroll said the longer PAT, an experiment that is now over, definitely made a difference. He said he has no preference on what happens in the long term with that, whether they keep  it where it has been or move it back.

— DE O’Brien Schofield also sat out as a rest day.

Here is some video of what Carroll had to say after practice talking about Jackson Jeffcoat, Simon and  more:

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