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July 25, 2008 11:56 AM

Morning attendance

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The only absence was tight end John Carlson, who is the lone remaining Seahawk draft pick who is unsigned.

With the signings of rookies Red Bryant, Owen Schmitt and Lawrence Jackson, releasing defensive tackle Kevin Brown, fullback Dan Curran and safety Mike Green to make room. Green was with the Seahawks for two years. He suffered a season-ending foot injury in an exhibition game in 2006 and played as a backup fullback last season. He underwent three surgeries this offseason before being let go.

Bobby Engram was at practice. That was something that was expected, though, and he told Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley several weeks ago.

Linebacker Will Herring was not practicing. Coach Mike Holmgren was not specific in what is affecting Herring, indicating it was an illness that is affecting him. It is not a football injury that is affecting him.

Wide receiver Deion Branch was on the field for individual workouts. He did agility drills and caught some passes, and Holmgren said afterward the hope is Branch will be ready for the first regular-season game.

Marcus Tubbs and Ryan Plackemeier are also recovering from injuries. Holmgren said Plackemeier is able to punt and should be back in a week or two. With Tubbs, Holmgren said the goal is to have him ready for the first regular-season game.

Center Chris Spencer did not participate in much of practice. Neither did lineman Ray Willis. Both are recovering from offseason surgery, and Holmgren indicated their practice time will be limited in training camp.

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Posted by Mark

12:36 PM, Jul 25, 2008

Branch back by week 1? Thats much more optimistic than earlier projections.

Posted by lemonverbena

12:56 PM, Jul 25, 2008

"Green was with the Seahawks for two years. He suffered a season-ending foot injury in an exhibition game in 2006 and played as a backup fullback last season."


Posted by chuck

1:05 PM, Jul 25, 2008

If Branch is back by game one what a boost if true.

Posted by James

1:48 PM, Jul 25, 2008

Awesome news! I'm assuming he takes awhile to get back to playing at an elite level though. Regardless I hope its true and hes out there against the Bills, I just dont want the staff to push him back to early.

Posted by Bart

1:49 PM, Jul 25, 2008

This is like 05 when Spencer signed before Lofa... is that a good sign..

That being said.. I can't figure out how or why a 2nd round pick is more difficult to sign than a 1st rounder--

Posted by simpsonian

2:02 PM, Jul 25, 2008

wasn't mike green backup safety?

Posted by simpsonian

2:04 PM, Jul 25, 2008

also, i dont like the fact that carlson needs the most time on the practice field and he is the last of the draft picks to be signed. it seems they need to sort out their priorities a little better

Posted by nature

2:12 PM, Jul 25, 2008

green is/was a safety. I'm sad to hear he won't be with us.

If I recall correctly he was drafted as mr. insignificant a few years back and made quiet an impression.


Posted by 84Hawk

2:24 PM, Jul 25, 2008

Branch and "elite level" have not co-existed, really never...

Posted by WSUx3

2:44 PM, Jul 25, 2008

Typical Notre Dame attitude, thinks he is gods gift to football. well, punk, u play a game for millions. take what they offer and LIKE IT.

Posted by Mike

3:24 PM, Jul 25, 2008

anyone know how far apart Carlson and the Hawks are from getting him signed?

Posted by C Diddy

3:32 PM, Jul 25, 2008

Hey Carlson you're not that good...Sign what they are giving you....

Posted by WSUx3

5:34 PM, Jul 25, 2008

if i was the hawks i would take the spit in the face that carlson just gave them and offer him the rookie minimum and NO signing bonus or say sorry pal, u are out of the NFL for as long we have his rights. Learned his egotistical, me-first, attittude from WEIS.

Posted by Alan

11:34 PM, Jul 25, 2008

Branch back would be great. He can play but I hope the still use NAT on every down he plays his but off.

Posted by Moe

5:49 AM, Jul 26, 2008

Uh, why is the second rounder not signed? Carlson is going to be counted on this year. Seems like it would be best to have him in practicing as much as possible. I am hoping he will get signed today. Any word on this Danny?

Posted by Scott

2:05 PM, Jul 31, 2008

Can someone explain to me what is up with Carlson, and why the nimrod won't sign??? He's acting like a top 5 pick - he got pulled in the 2nd round! #33! This isn't rocket science, man - pay him the middle point between 32 and 34 (both of whom are most assuredly in camp by now, as is every second rounder).

I hate to say it, but this is a bad sign - if you read Danny's earlier posts, he shows the picks historically who held out and you know what? they all went bust. Chris McIntosh? Barely ever played. Stevens? Don't get me started. Chris Spencer could be the exception but it isn't looking hopeful.... this kid is just hurting himself and I have a feeling he's missed too much already to be a factor this year. I think we're going to have another year with an empty TE slot on the field.....

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