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July 26, 2008 4:48 PM

Sore back sidelines Chris Gray in the afternoon

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Chris Gray started a team record 121 consecutive games for the Seahawks. That tells you he's not the kind of guy who gets knocked off the field too often.

He's also 38 and after 16 years of earning a living in the NFL's boiler room as an interior lineman, well, eventually some of those things are going to catch up to you.

He walked off the field on Saturday afternoon after going down early during the team's second practice of the day, fourth practice of training camp. The team is not required to give an injury report, but indicated that he has a sore back.

Gray is the Seahawks backup center, and he was working with the first unit on Saturday as starter Chris Spencer missed the day of practice. Spencer is on a limited practice schedule as he comes back from offseason surgery.

Gray's departure left the Seahawks with Steve Vallos working out at center. Vallos played tackle in college, was drafted with the hope he would play guard and now is working at center. Mansfield Wrotto played center for the second-unit offense after Gray's departure.

Ray Willis practiced in the afternoon after sitting out the morning session. Patrick Kerney and Walter Jones did not practice in the afternoon.

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