Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Lynch doesn't show for Day 1 of OTAs
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- To no one's surprise, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a no-show Tuesday on the first day of OTA’s.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he had not heard from Lynch, but Lynch also skipped the early OTA practice sessions last year
Five other players were not at the OTA practice -- quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, strong safety Kam Chancellor, defensive end Cliff Avril, rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh and rookie defensive tackle Andru Pulu.
Carroll said Jackson was attending to a family matter but was expected back Wednesday. Avril is in Europe on his honeymoon.
Marsh, who played for UCLA, and Pulu, who played at Eastern Washington, are victims of an odd rule that keeps them from participating in OTAs while their school is in session on the quarter system, even though both recently graduated.
Chancellor continues to rehab his off-season hip surgery.
"Kam is way ahead of schedule, but he had a significant hip surgery which takes a long time," Carroll said. "He’ll be back for camp and we have no hesitation in saying that."
Linebacker Malcolm Smith was wearing an ankle boot and did not practice.
"Malcolm just had a couple of things in his ankle they had to clean up," said Carroll, who emphasized Smith will be ready to in time for training camp.
Offensive tackle Russell Okung also did not practice. He still is rehabbing offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in a big toe.
Rookie quarterback Keith Price didn’t practice because of a slight groin pull he suffered in rookie minicamp.
Receiver Sidney Rice (coming off ACL surgery last October) didn’t participate in team drills, but he did run routes in individual drills.
"He’s doing fine," Carroll said of Rice. "He won’t be back until camp, but he’s in terrific shape. He was jumping up on the boxes today. He’s doing all kinds of stuff. So he’s well ahead of where a guy should be at this time. That means he’ll definitely have a chance to be back full speed for camp."
Defensive tackle Jesse Williams didn’t participate Tuesday, but it had nothing to do with his knee problems from last year.
"Jesse had an accident where he fell and got a laceration," Carroll said. "That’s just about healed and done with."
Cornerback Tharold Simon, who missed his rookie season last year with foot injuries, did not practice, but Carroll said he is expected back this week.