The Seahawks are off the practice field following their Monday workout at the VMAC, one in which they had just 82 players on the roster after officially releasing eight players earlier in the day.
Seattle will have to get to 75 by Tuesday at 1 p.m. and 53 by Saturday. And one potentially tough decision may have been made for the Seahawks in unfortunate circumstances — though all too common in football — as coach Pete Carroll said that backup middle linebacker and special teams captain Heath Farwell is likely to need surgery to repair “extensive damage” suffered to his groin in Friday’s game against the Bears.
Carroll said Farwell will travel back east on Tuesday with a possible surgery date of Thursday.
“He probably has to have surgery on his groin, so that’s a very, very difficult situation for him,” Carroll said of Farwell, the team’s special teams captain the last two seasons. “He had extensive, so everything points to surgery.”
Farwell, 32, was not a lock to make the team as he had been battling undrafted free agent Brock Coyle for a spot as the backup MLB behind Bobby Wagner (Coyle, who suffered an ankle injury Friday, is fine and was back to practice). Farwell is due for a $1.667 million cap hit, and a base salary of $1.25 million this season and a roster bonus of $250,000.
Farwell has been a special teams mainstay since singing as a free agent midway through the 2011 season. He wasn’t really the team’s backup middle linebacker — K.J. Wright moved over from WLB to fill in when Wagner was hurt for two games last season. But he did have a role on the team’s goal-line unit, memorably helping make a stop on third-and-goal at the 1 against the Rams last season to set up the failed fourth down pass in Seattle’s 14-9 win at St. Louis.
His injury would seem to just about lock up a spot for Coyle, though the LB corps remains pretty loaded with Korey Toomer coming back and Bruce Irvin due back in the next week or two (more on which below).
Wagner, meanwhile, returned to practice for the first time since hurting his hamstring during the tean’s scrimmage on Aug. 2. Afterward, Wagner said “I feel great” and that he would like to play against the Raiders on Thursday to get a little game action in before the real thing starts a week from Thursday against Green Bay.
Here are other news and notes. …
— Carroll said OLB Bruce Irvin is “doing great. T his week is a big week for him to get ready to practice next week. We plan on him practicing next week if all goes well and we’ll see what that means once we get him out there. He’s working really hard, all of his change-of-direction stuff and full-speed running and all of that is happening. But we are going to wait and make sure that every day goes well and hopefully get him out there cranking next week.”
— DT Tony McDaniel did not participate in practice but Carroll said they were just resting him.
— CB Jeremy Lane also sat out with a groin injury suffered against the Bears. “We don’t know how serious it is,” Carroll said. “We did check it out and it looks like is going to be okay. But he has to respond and come back and check him again tomorrow.”
— WR Kevin Norwood also remains out with Carroll saying he won’t make it back this week. “But he is running and doing stuff,” Carroll said. “Next week would be his chance to get back.”
— Carroll said TE Cooper Helfet “came back a little better” than they had thought he might after taking a big hit against the Bears. Carroll said the main issue is a strained knee “and we’ll have to see going day-to-day with that.”
— Carroll said LT Russell Okung, who came out for a couple plays against the Bears, is fine health-wise but needs some more conditioning to get back into every-down shape. Asked about Okung and center Max Unger, who also saw his first action against the Bears, Carroll said: “Max did great. Probably played a bit more than we thought he would, did a really good job. Russell got through it, a little more of a conditioning factor for him. That’s why we pulled him in and out of there a little bit. He needs the work this week again. But he looks great in practice, he’s making progress. It’s been a long off-season. Max is in really good shape and Russell has had to get in shape while rehabbing, so he’s a little farther behind there.”
— Asked about CB Byron Maxwell, Carroll made an interesting comment that Maxwell’s personal training program might have had him in not quite the shape the Seahawks wanted him in when camp began. “He’s finishing this camp really well,” Carroll said. “I think he may have started a little bit slower. The conditioning stuff that he featured right near the end, the five weeks we broke, I thought didn’t help him as much as maybe some of the stuff that we do. And he came in and has worked as he always does, done everything that we could ask of him and now he’s back to full speed. Had a great play last week to show his burst.”
You can see more of what Carroll had to say in the video below:
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