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July 29, 2008 11:48 AM

Courtney Taylor sits back down -- 7.29.2008 A.M. practice

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Receiver Courtney Taylor was back at practice Tuesday morning after his hamstring tightened up on him during Monday's workout. By the end of the morning practice, though, Taylor was back on the sidelines, watching practice with an ice bag wrapped to his right hamstring. Don't expect him back for the afternoon workout.

Rookie Justin Forsett was back on the field. He didn't participate in Monday's special-teams practice, watching in a baseball cap. He was back and participating in Tuesday's workout.

LB Wesly Mallard missed Tuesday's morning practice. Centers Chris Spencer and Chris Gray remain out. WR Deion Branch, DT Marcus Tubbs and P Ryan Plackemeier remain on the physically unable to perform list.

Some notes from the morning practice:

  • RB Julius Jones turned the corner in one play, got into the secondary and as safety Jordan Babineaux closed in, Jones lowered his shoulder and knocked Babineaux into a somersault. Been a while since we've seen a Seahawks halfback turn into contact instead of away from it.

  • QB Charlie Frye has looked better this training camp, and he had a spot-on fade that he threw to Trent Shelton in the corner of the end zone behind safety Brian Russell, who was in perfect position on the play. Frye's adjustment to the Seahawks has included the center exchanges. No shotgun like he grew accustomed to in college. He's solidly the team's No. 3 quarterback, but he has improved from his time last season.

  • S Kelin Johnson flattened receiver Joel Filani a step out of bounds during the morning practice. Maybe two steps. He was urged to knock that off by several offensive players observing that play.

  • DT Brandon Mebane is an absolute handful during pass-rush drills and watching him go up against Mike Wahle is something to behold. Wahle is a very accomplished professional. Someone who is focused on technique and very earnest in his practice and he you can see him getting frustrated trying to block Mebane. It's very simple physics. Mebane is 6 feet 1, more than 300 pounds and that gives him some serious leverage.

    Here's what Wahle had to say on Monday when asked about blocking Mebane.

    "Getting underneath that guy is very difficult," Wahle said. "There has been a couple times this camp where I've had good hand placement on a pass or a run and then tried to throw him on the ground, like just smash him. His legs just keep moving, which is very, very rare for a guy his size. A lot of talent there for sure."

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