Big hits and big catches highlighted the final open practice of the Seahawks 2013 training camp. Safety Kam Chancellor set the tone for the session by thumping running back Robert Turbin, who wanted to extend his carry.
Rookie linebacker John Lotulelei used his shoulder pad to crush receiver Phil Bates out of bounds. The man from Hawaii learned a hard lesson after the play.
“Coach Carroll came up to me after that and said I need to protect the team and what I did was bad,” said the soft-spoken Hawaiian. “I have to show them 100 percent effort, and 100 percent get to the ball. That’s how I play, but I have to work on slowing down at the right time.”
Lotulelei is easy to spot thanks to his long, black, flowing hair. He told me his parents wouldn’t allow him to grow it out when he was in high school. He started the mane at UNLV and doesn’t plan to cut it until after his football playing days.
Both Jermaine Kearse and Stephen Williams had outstanding receptions on deep passes along the sidelines. Tarvaris Jackson zipped a couple crossing routes to Brett Swain and Perez Ashford during 11 on 11 drills.
Russell Wilson hooked up with tight end Luke Willson on a deep seem route. Wilson later had an attempted swing pass batted back into his face by a leaping outside linebacker O’brien Schofield.
The big news on the injury front concerns left guard James Carpenter. Coach Pete Carroll now says the big man has a torn planter fascia. Rest and therapy are the treatments, not surgery. It could still be a 3 to 4 weeks before Carpenter is working out with the team again.
Some defensive linemen who were nursing injuries earlier in the week returned to practice, including Clinton McDonald and Michael Bennett.
Cliff Avril did some individual conditioning work, but did not participate in team drills. It’s doubtful he will see any action in Saturday night’s pre-season game against Denver
Coach Carroll had expected Bruce Irvin to practice today, but number 51 continues to nurse a groin injury and didn’t do any team work.
Tight end Zach Miller remains on the PUP list with planter fasciatis, with the Seahawks hopeful he could start doing some team work next week.
The Hawks training camp comes to a close tomorrow. There’s a light walk-through Friday prior to Saturday night’s first home pre-season game.
-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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