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The Swartz Report From VMAC – August 20, 2013

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Zach Miller  (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)  tight end for the Seahawks is expected to face his former Oakland Raiders team Thursday night at CenturyLink Field

Zach Miller (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images) tight end for the Seahawks is expected to face his former Oakland Raiders team Thursday night at CenturyLink Field

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Zach is back!

After sitting out all of training camp with a foot injury, tight end Zach Miller has slowly working his way into Seahawks practice, with a goal of being fully healthy for the regular season opener at Carolina.

Miller did some individual work early in Tuesday’s practice and will see how the foot feels Wednesday before deciding to take on a bigger work load.  Zach most likely will not play in Friday night’s third pre-season game at Green Bay.

“If the regular season had started earlier, I probably could have pushed back through the injury faster, ” said Miller. “Luckily when it happened it game me enough to time get it right before I was going to come out to practice.”

Miller is confident he knows the offensive system well enough he can jump into the action right away against the Panthers on September 8th.  In the mean time, younger players have grown through more repetitions in practice and pre-season games.

“Sean (McGrath), and Luke (Willson) are coming along really well,” observed Miller. “They really stepped up their game and it’s good to see that. I try to give them as many pointers as I can. As much experience as I’ve had, I try to help them out.”

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Defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel also did individual work early in practice as they inch back from nagging injuries.  Coach Pete Carroll said defensive end Bruce Irvin’s groin injury is improving, and hopefully he will see some action during the remaining pre-season games.

Running back Christine Michael did some light work on his own as he recovers from back spasms. Fullback Michael Robinson was violently ill on Monday, according to coach Carroll.  It’s hoped Robinson will return to practice Wednesday or Thursday.

Coach Carroll said receiver Sidney Rice looked good in Tuesday’s work-out, and the target is to have him ready for the regular season opener.

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Why did the Hawks trade guard John Moffitt to Cleveland for defensive end Brian Sanford?  Carroll says Moffitt was given plenty of changes to win the starting job, but second year man J. R. Sweezy beat him out. Carroll said the progress displayed by rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey also gives the team plenty of depth at several offensive line positions.

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Following practice, receiver Golden Tate and kicker Steven Haushka picked up golf clubs and had a chipping contest against Champions Tour professionals Brad Bryant and Jim Gallagher Jr, who are in town for this week’s Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.   Bryant edge out Tate in the closest to the pin shots.

Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan

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