Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
August 3, 2008 5:01 PM
Posted by Jose Romero
Seattle signed G-C Ben Claxton, who made his practice debut Sunday afternoon in Kirkland. Claxton, who turned 28 on July 30, replaces CB DeMichael Dizer on the roster after Dizer was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL.
Claxton last played football in pads with the Oakland Raiders in the summer of 2007 at their training camp, but was released before the regular season. He has also been with the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos and worked out for the New England Patriots. Claxton is 6-feet-2 and currently weighs 290 pounds, but he pledged to add weight. The former Mississippi player was preparing to take the LSAT for admission into law school at Ole Miss before the Patriots and then the Seahawks came calling.
The afternoon practice featured a nice two-handed grab in mid-air from WR Jordan Kent, who just keeps making plays. Also, QB Matt Hasselbeck got a kick out of watching when FB Owen Schmitt had QB Dalton Bell in his sights for a massive block during a non-contact drill. Bell was working with the service team defense, with the Seahawks missing 20 players for the afternoon.
"Oh yeah!" Hasselbeck shouted."Blow him up!"
August 3, 2008 11:05 AM
Posted by Jose Romero
One had to imagine that there would be some guys that got banged up after the full-contact scrimmage Saturday. And all one had to do to see the effects of that was watch this morning's practice, as eight players joined the ranks of the injured.
The good news is that all but one don't figure to be long-term injuries. CB DeMichael Dizer tore an ACL when he planted wrong on the field yesterday and will need surgery plus a very long rehabilitation. But the rest are minor in comparison -- WR Logan Payne has a cracked rib from a play in which LB D.D. Lewis hit him at the goal line, and only rest can heal it; CB Jordan Babineaux "tweaked" his knee, coach Mike Holmgren said, and will have a precautionary MRI; OL Floyd Womack also has a bum knee and will get an MRI, same goes for OL Kyle Williams, who expected to miss three or four days.
DE Nu'u Tafisi injured an ankle and also figures to miss a few days. LB Eric Wicks has a quadricepts bruise and LB Matt Castelo also got a sore knee from the scrimmage. Holmgren characterized all but Dizer's injury as minor in that each player won't need long to return.
More good news, though: LB Wesly Mallard took part in individual drills, his first practice since July 28, and WR Courtney Taylor got in some individual work for the first time since a hamstring flared up and sidelined him on July 29.
"I'm back. I'm back and feeling good," Taylor said exuberantly after practice. "That training room is no place you want to be."