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The Swartz Report From VMAC – August 26, 2013

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Roster moves and injuries were big news coming out of Monday’s practice in Renton.  The most significant story is the Seahawks placing rookie defensive tackle Jesse Williams on injured reserve.

The Australian native and University of Alabama lineman dealt with a knee injury through training camp and saw limited action in the first couple pre-season games.  Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn sounded disappointed about losing the “big monstah.”

“We will miss his stoutest in the run game, because he’s such a big and square guy,” conveyed coach Quinn. “He can hold the point of attack in the run game, and you know us, if we could get bigger, we would.”

The other concerning news about Seattle’s defensive line came from head coach Pete Carroll, who said Cliff Avril might not be ready for the first regular season game against Carolina.  Seattle coaxed Avril from Detroit and hoped he would bolster the pass rush. A nagging hamstring injury will keep him out of the final exhibition game Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders.

Seattle is already thin at defensive end with Chris Clemons recovering from a torn acl, and Bruce Irvin suspended the first 4 games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy.

That means O’brien Schofield’s stock is rising.  The former Arizona Cardinal has been learning Seattle’s Leo and Sam defensive jobs.

Schofield explained, “At Leo you just have one job, and that’s getting to the quarterback. Sam is more drops and a little more thought process to it, and you have to play both run and pass.  Hopefully I can stick at the “leo” spot, but to know “sam” shows I’m a versatility guy, and whenever they need me I can play that position.”

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Seattle released seven young players today including Bellingham native and former Washington State Cougar tight end Andrei Lintz.  Perez Ashford was a long shot to win a job in a deep receiving corps. The Seahawks also terminated the contract of veteran pass catcher Brett Swain.

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Sidney Rice was not in pads today, still resting his left knee.  From all accounts he is still on track to play in the regular season opener. Fullback Michael Robinson did not practice as he battles back from a serious illness.  Defensive tackle Jordan Hill continues to nurse a strained bicep.

Positives I observed at practice today included tight end Zach Miller, and guard James Carpenter doing some team drills.

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Seattle native and golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples was a guest at the VMAC today.  Fred just finished third in the Champions Tour Boeing Classic at Snoqualmie Ridge.  Couples heads to Calgary for another tournament this week.

Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan

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