Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Coleman

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy and defensive lineman Michael Bennett returned to full practice participation Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. Sweezy was listed with an elbow issue and Bennett was ill.

Running back Marshawn Lynch did not practice for the second consecutive day and is listed with a knee injury, but he played the entire game Monday night at St. Louis. It will be a surprise if he doesn't play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

The wait for Percy Harvin's debut continues. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that receiver Harvin will not play Sunday.

"Percy won't play this week," Carroll said on Sirius Radio. "He's getting close, but not close enough."

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane did not practice Thursday, but it was not injury related.

Also missing practice were fullback Derrick Coleman and safety Jeron Johnson (both with hamstring injuries) and offensive tackle Breno Giacomini, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Sept. 30.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung can return to practice Friday.

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Okung is on injured reserve and isn't eligible to play until the Nov. 17 home game against Minnesota, but his recovery from a torn ligament in a big toe is going well.

Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Sept. 30, is also getting closer to returning and might be back in two weeks.

Carroll also said receiver Percy Harvin did not practice and his return remains day to day. The Seahawks have two more weeks to activate Harvin off the physically unable to perform list, but his return this weekend appears unlikely since the Seahawks activated receiver Ricardo Lockette off the practice squad Wednesday.

Running back Marshawn Lynch, guard J.R. Sweezy and defensive end Michael Bennett did not practice Wednesday, but it was a short workout because of the game Monday night. Lynch was listed on the injury report as having a knee injury, and Sweezy was listed with an elbow injury. Bennett missed practice because of an illness. All three players finished the game Monday at St. Louis.

Fullback Derrick Coleman and safety Jeron Johnson, who are both suffering from hamstring injuries, did not practice Wednesday. Neither played at St. Louis.
RENTON, Wash -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team still has a ways to go before either of its starting offensive tackles can return to the playing field.

Carroll remains hopeful Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung, who has a torn ligament in a big toe, can return the first week he's eligible to come off injured reserve -- the Minnesota Vikings game in Seattle on Nov. 17.

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“We're real encouraged he will make it back then,” Carroll said Tuesday. “Russell has a process of four more weeks he has to get through. He has two weeks to go and then he will have a chance to practice with us.

“After that, which is four weeks from now, he'll have a change to return. He's doing really well with all the rehab stuff he needs to do. We'll be happy to get him back wherever we can get him.”

Carroll said he's is uncertain of when right tackle Breno Giacomini, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 30, might return.

“Breno is in the process of recovering, too, but we don't have a real clear timeline on that one,” Carroll said. “We had hoped he would make it back a little sooner than it looks like right now. He's a big man and it's taking him some time to get right.”

“It's going to take him a couple of weeks after we get him back on the practice field to get back [in a game], but he's not ready [to practice] yet.”

Giacomini had fluid drained from his knee last week.

Coleman's injured more serious than first thought: Michael Robinson, who was re-signed on Tuesday after being released at the end of the preseason, will be the only fullback healthy for now.

Derrick Coleman, who was the starter a fullback, suffered a hamstring injury in the Arizona game last week and will be out indefinitely.

“We don't know how long it's going to take,” Carroll said. “It could be anywhere from four to six weeks, although he thinks he's going to get back way sooner than that. He's had some history of really quick healing and we're going to see if he can pull it off again.”

But Carroll is confident Robinson, the team's starting fullback for three seasons, can get the job done.

“It's a chance to have continuity right off the bat,” Carroll said. “Fortunately, we were able to get a guy back that we really think a lot of and a guy who has done a lot of great things for us.”

Tate's shoulder still hurting: Carroll said receiver Golden Tate was unable to get through the full practice Tuesday because of problems with a shoulder injury from the Arizona game.

“It's his neck and shoulder where he got popped pretty good,” Carroll said. “He's a little sore. He started practicing and didn't finish [Tuesday]. We'll have to wait and see what that means.”

Wagner may practice Thursday: Carroll said middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has a high ankle sprain and has missed the past two games, is getting close to returning.

“We're going to wait and see on Thursday what he can do,” Carroll said of Wagner. “He's made great progress and has surprised the trainers. We won't know until we see him on the practice field.”
RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks starting defensive end Chris Clemons will practice Wednesday for the first time since offseason surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, but coach Pete Carroll said Clemons will not play Sunday in the opener against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

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“He’s had a great preparation to get back,” Carroll said after Monday’s practice. “It’ll be light on Wednesday, but he’s been really busting it [in rehab drills]. We’ll bring him along and take our time and make sure he’s ready to go. But he’s not in consideration for this weekend. We’re just excited he’s back out there.”

Clemons, who led the Seahawks with 11.5 sacks last season, suffered a torn ACL in the playoff victory over the Washington Redskins. The Seahawks placed him on the active roster Saturday, which indicated they expect he’ll be ready to play before the sixth game of the season.

Overall, the Seahawks' injury situation appears much improved from how things looked at the end of last week. Some key players are set to return:
  • Carroll said wide receiver Stephen Williams, who suffered a concussion in the preseason finale Thursday against the Oakland Raiders, will practice Wednesday. Williams still must pass a series of tests before he’s cleared to play at Carolina.
  • Also returning to practice Wednesday are defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel, the projected starters. “We’ll see how they handle the work,” Carroll said.
  • Starting wide receiver Sidney Rice will practice Wednesday and is expected to start the opener.
  • Defensive end Cliff Avril's status remains uncertain because of a strained hamstring. “But he ran pretty well [Monday], so we'll see what happens later in the week,” Carroll said.
  • Rookie offensive linemen Michael Bowie, who suffered a shoulder injury in the final preseason game, is expected to return to practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Michael Bennett also will return after undergoing a minor procedure on one of his toes.
  • Carroll said rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who has a strained shoulder, is improving faster than expected. “He’s feeling way better and getting closer. I don’t know when he’ll be back, but it’s not going to be a long time.”

In other news Monday:
  • Carroll said second-year player Derrick Coleman, who spent the end of the 2012 season on Seattle’s practice squad, earned the job as the team’s starting fullback.

“He outlasted the competition to go into the opener as the starter,” Carroll said of Coleman, who is legally deaf. “That’s a big accomplishment. He came through in a beautiful way and also sent a big message about special teams. We know he can carry the ball if we need him to and he catches the ball really well.”

Carroll said the Seahawks were willing to part ways with veteran fullback Michael Robinson because of how well Coleman and rookie Spencer Ware played in the preseason.

“We had a real high opinion of Spencer coming in and he didn’t disappoint us at all,” Carroll said. “He was aggressive, he was tough and he can catch the football. He was physical on every snap he had. Plus, he can play fullback and tailback. He’s a good learner and he demonstrated he’s the real deal.”
“We wanted to get him on the practice squad,” Carroll said of Harper, the team’s fourth-round draft choice. “We hoped to develop him and bring him along, but that’s the gamble that you take, and they picked up a good football player.”

Robinson tweets goodbye to Seahawks

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It appears Michael Robinson’s tenure as the starting fullback for the Seattle Seahawks has ended.

The Seahawks didn’t made any roster cut announcements Friday, but Robinson sent a tweet at around 5:30 p.m. PT:

 

Robinson is in his eighth NFL season, having spent four years in San Francisco before coming to Seattle in 2010. He is viewed as an excellent blocker who helped Marshawn Lynch to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, including a career-best 1,590 yards in 2012.

But the Seahawks have two young fullbacks they like: rookie Spencer Ware and second-year player Derrick Coleman. Robinson was scheduled to make $2.5 million this season.

Robinson did not play in the final two preseason games because he was suffering from a virus. He was extremely popular with the Seahawks players and grew to become one of the leaders for a young and blossoming group of players that includes quarterback Russell Wilson and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who reacted on Twitter:

 

 

Robinson likely would be picked up by another organization, which could also be true of several cuts the Seahawks make.

What to watch for: Seahawks-Raiders

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SEATTLE -- With one last warm-up before the regular season, here are four things to watch -- and one you won’t get to watch -- Thursday night in the Seattle Seahawks game against Oakland.

The Seahawks pass rush: Hopefully, there is one to watch. Oakland has one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. If Seattle can’t get to the quarterback in this game, it’s time to worry. And they’ll have to do with backups. Defensive ends Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril won’t play. Neither will defensive tackles Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel and Michael Bennett.

Clemons and Avril probably won’t play next weekend in the season opener at Carolina. So it is increasingly important to watch Benson Mayowa and O'Brien Schofield to see if they can continue to shine as pass-rushers. Ty Powell, a hybrid linebacker/defensive end, also will see some time as a down rusher.

Penalty flags: Just keeping the yellow flags under double figures and less than 100 yards would look decent at this point. The Seahawks haf 14 penalties for 182 yards last week in the 17-10 victory at Green Bay. Seattle has 354 yards on 34 penalties in the three preseason games.

“We just want to be really disciplined with our offense and make sure we’re not getting any penalties,’’ quarterback Russell Wilson said Tuesday. “That’s our No. 1 focus.”

Coach Pete Carroll has harped on this for the past two weeks.

“We have to show progress before we head into the opener in terms of getting out of our own way,” Carroll said. “We have to comply and we’re a little out of compliance. The guys know. They don’t want to play like that. They just have to make better decisions.”

Pass blocking: The Seahawks offensive line struggled to stop the blitzing Packers last week. That has to improve, along with cutting down on holding calls and false starts. James Carpenter finally will get back on the field at guard, which could help. This is a good line overall, especially in run blocking. But a better showing on pass plays needs to happen tonight.

Bubble boys: No team in the NFL has tougher roster cuts to make than the Seahawks. The depth on this team is extraordinary and the coaches have difficult decisions to make after this game.

Some players need to shine to earn a spot. Receiver Stephen Williams probably already has done so, but one more good game wouldn’t hurt. Rookie receiver Chris Harper needs to step up. Will the Seahawks keep three fullbacks -- Michael Robinson (who won’t play tonight) rookie Spencer Ware and Derrick Coleman?

The toughest cuts will come in the secondary, where some of the backups could start for many NFL teams. Cornerback Ron Parker needs a good game. So does Winston Guy and DeShawn Shead. The coaches really like rookie linebacker John Lotulelei, but is there room for him?

No Matt Flynn: Some Seattle fans probably were looking forward to seeing quarterback Matt Flynn play against his former Seahawks teammates, but Flynn will watch from the sideline because of a sore arm.

He's probably got a few other sore places considering he’s been sacked seven times in the preseason. Flynn hasn’t played well, so it’s possible he could lose out on the starting-job competition for the second consecutive year. Terrelle Pryor will start against Seattle. He’s much better at running and avoiding the rush than Flynn, which is important with the Raiders porous offensive line.

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