Reporting Bill Swartz
No helmets, no music, no fans. It was a weird feeling watching Wednesday’s light Seahawks practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. The players essentially ran half-speed plays with no contact, and no fans allowed in to watch the session.
Thursday night the Seahawks open their pre-season schedule at San Diego. Coach Pete Carroll calls this “an important time for us, because we get to go play football and have evaluations in games.”
Carroll plans to start the game with first string players, but the bulk of the action belongs to younger men trying to earn jobs on the 53 man roster.
The coach has a few simple goals for Seattle’s football team. ”We expect us to go! We want to play football our style, fast on offense, and fly around on defense and special teams. We need to start the process to figure us out. Because you did something last year, doesn’t mean anything about this year.”
Injuries will prevent some notable Seahawks from playing against the Chargers. Left guard James Carpenter aggravated a foot injury in Monday’s practice. Coach Carroll said it’s a problem the big man had at the University of Alabama, and will be a day to day situation.
Defensive end/ linebacker Bruce Irvin will stay in Seattle to have treatment on a groin injury. Carroll said he and Irvin are frustrated because they have been anxious to see the how the transition to linebacker works. Irvin will also miss the first 4 games of the regular season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy.
Following practice the Seahawks announced they have terminated the contract of veteran receiver Early Doucet. Carroll said the former Arizona Cardinal had some injuries and other “lingering issues.”
Center Max Unger (groin) will be a game time decision according to Carroll. Lineman Mike Person has a calf injury and might not participate.
Carroll said Russell Wilson will start at quarterback, but he did not reveal how much time number 3 would play, or the ratio of snaps for back-ups Brady Quinn and Tarvaris Jackson.
Rookie Christine Michael will get lots of work, with Spencer Ware and Derick Coleman also carrying the football.
With Percy Harvin recovering from hip surgery, Christine Michael, Jeremy Lane, Will Blackmon and Golden Tate are expected to handle the kick returns.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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