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July 26, 2008 11:39 AM

John Carlson tries to catch on quick

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Tight end John Carlson was thrust right into the mix on his first practice after reporting. The rookie tight end caught one pass even as safety Deon Grant spun him to the ground.

He also got a pointer from Julian Peterson, a linebacker who is considered one the best in the business at covering the tight end.

"When I was on the top of my route, I slowed down a little bit to give a head fake," Carlson said. "He said, 'Just don't do that.' He said I would have beaten him if I had just kept running. It's little things like that that are going to help me make a smoother transition. So I appreciate that."

Zac Alcorn was not present at the morning workout. The team has not made an announcement regarding Carlson's signing, and it will have to trim one player from the active roster. Looks like that could be Alcorn although he suffered a back injury during Friday's morning practice so maybe he's just injured.

No significant changes in the practice routine. Walter Jones was on the field for the morning practice, Ray Willis and Chris Spencer were not. Patrick Kerney participated in individual drills, but was limited in the 11-on-11 portion of practice.

Marcus Tubbs, Deion Branch and Ryan Plackemeier continue rehabilitation while on the physically unable to perform list.

12:37 p.m.: Carlson's agent has not returned calls regarding the tight end, and the Seahawks do not announce contract terms. Adam Schefter of NFL.com reported the four-year contract totals $4.52 million, with Carlson assured of earning $2.5 million of that.

Carlson didn't discuss the contract terms, but he did talk about his relief that his introduction to the business end of the NFL is over.

"Being a rookie, I'm new to the business aspect of the game of football," Carlson said. "Now I can move on, get back in the playbook, get in these meetings this evening and get out on the practice field."

2:04 p.m.: The Seahawks waived Zac Alcorn to make room for Carlson on the 53-man roster.

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