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August 5, 2008 6:17 PM

Vikings punter gets a kick out of video games

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Some NFL players love Madden, the video football game whose player rankings in terms of speed, agility and accuracy are a source of locker-room conversation.

Forget all that for punter Chris Kluwe, though. The video-game ranking he's concerned with is "Guitar Hero" and he told that he's probably among the top 100 people playing the game worldwide. Take a look at the video put together in Minnesota.

Kluwe was with the Seahawks in training camp in 2005, but the team opted to go with Leo Araguz to begin the season.

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August 5, 2008 3:14 PM

Big Walt on Chris Gray

Posted by Jose Romero

Veteran left tackle Walter Jones played with Chris Gray for his entire 10-plus seasons in Seattle. Here's what he had to say about Gray retiring:

"It's one of those things where a guy gave his all to this game and stuff. For it to end like that, it's sad, but you know, in that situation, you have to do what's right for you and your family. I think he made the right decision."

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August 5, 2008 3:07 PM

Ben Obomanu on the WR competition

Posted by Jose Romero

This morning, Obomanu had perhaps the best training camp practice he's ever had, and it got him some media attention. Here's a little bit of what he said:

On battling college buddy Courtney Taylor for a spot: "It's fine. We've been used to that for four years at Auburn. From the day we first stepped on campus, it was competition. Every year our coach at Auburn had an open competition...we know how to handle it, and still we know how to maintain our friendship throughout the whole thing. We know how to push each other and make each other better because we both want to make this team."

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August 5, 2008 12:07 PM

Seahawks to practice at new training camp

Posted by Danny O'Neil

First, a disclaimer: The practice is not open to the public.

But the Seahawks will hold their morning workout on the fields outside their new team headquarters in Renton on Wednesday. The afternoon practice will be back in Kirkland, but the morning workout will take place on the shore of Lake Washington in the team's new digs.

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August 5, 2008 11:44 AM

Ben Obomanu stands out -- 8.05.2008, A.M. morning report

Posted by Danny O'Neil

WR Ben Obomanu stood out at the morning practice, so much so that coach Mike Holmgren stopped to give him a compliment on his practice. How's that for a gold star administered to the star pupil.

There was a brief tussle between offensive lineman Ray Willis and defensive end Baraka Atkins, as the two stayed engaged after the play moved away. Neither hit the ground, though, and there wasn't anything more than a two men holding onto each other's jerseys.

Lance Laury made two tips in a seven-on-seven passing drill. Laury is a big, physical run-stopper and improving the pass defense is important because Laury must be ready to step up for an injury with the departures of Niko Koutouvides and Kevin Bentley in free agency.

The morning practice concluded with 11-on-11 red-zone drills, and the offense scored on its first two possessions, first with a pass to Ben Obomanu from Matt Hasselbeck and then Seneca Wallace finding Jordan Kent for a score.

The biggest celebration of the morning practice? That was Matt Hasselbeck who outran Brandon Mebane to the corner, turned upfield and reached the end zone with a pronounced spike.

New absences from practice: TE Will Heller and WR Michael Bumpus suffered from tight hamstrings. Samuel Gutekunst -- the team's international-squad allotment -- is also not practicing because of an undisclosed injury.

Still absent from the practice field: Ryan Plackemeier, Deion Branch and Marcus Tubbs remain on the physically unable to perform list. LB Will Herring is still out with a non-football injury.

Not practicing: DE Patrick Kerney, C Chris Spencer, WR Logan Payne, OL Floyd Womack, LB Matt Castelo, DL Chris Cooper, DB Jordan Babineaux,, DT Larry Tripplett, DE Nu'u Tafisi, DT Red Bryant, DB Eric Wicks.

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