Reporting Bill Swartz
How is Percy Harvin? Where is Sidney Rice? Important questions about two of the Seahawks big play receivers on day 6 of the team’s training camp in Renton.
Harvin did see a specialist in New York about his ailing hip. Seattle coach Pete Carroll would not comment specifically about what doctors learned. It’s been reported Harvin is mulling over his options tonight.
Veteran receiver Sidney Rice was a glaring no show at today’s practice. Carroll said Rice is in Europe for a “non-surgical procedure”, and should not miss much practice time or pre-season games. It’s believed he is in Switzerland receiving platelet-rich plasma in order to regenerate knee cartilage. Several notable athletes, including former University of Washington basketball star Brandon Roy have had similar blood-spinning procedures.
Defensive end Cliff Avril missed another practice with a hamstring problem. Rookie offensive lineman Michael Bowie and corner Ron Parker did not participate in the full pads practice due to unannounced injuries.
Tight end Sean McGrath had several nice receptions for the first team offense. McGrath and rookie Luke Willson are getting the bulk of the work while starter Zach Miller continues to rest his sore foot. McGrath told me after practice he added about 15 pounds of muscle in the off season and has also improved his speed.
Rookie fullback Spencer Ware also had several nice grabs coming out of the backfield, while rookie tackle Jordan Hill deflected a pass and Byron Maxwell made a nice break on an interception.
Receiver Stephen Williams height and leaping ability makes him stand out during the drills. Williams came to Seattle from the Arizona Cardinals. He calls the Seahawks atmosphere “paradise” because of the team chemistry in the locker room.
Real NFL officials worked the Tuesday practice at the VMAC. They also held a session with the media afterward, saying a key point of emphasis this season is enforcing the NO-taunting rule.
-Bill Swartz, 1090 The Fan
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