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May 31, 2008 11:55 AM

Futebol meets football

Posted by Jose Romero

It did on Friday night at Qwest Field, when four Seahawks got to meet and exchange jerseys with Brazil's national team players after Brazil's practice in preparation for tonight's match against Canada.

Some of the Brazilian players looked at a football like they'd never seen one before and didn't know how to grip it. Meanwhile, Seahawks DE Baraka Atkins, who unbeknownst to me is a big soccer fan, was thrilled to be there.

"I couldn't miss this," he said.

Matt Hasselbeck, LG Mike Wahle and K Olindo Mare were also on hand to meet the Brazilians.

The game being tonight, it will allow several of Seattle's pro athletes to attend. Hasselbeck will be on hand, as will Mariners Carlos Siliva, Jose Lopez and Yuniesky Betancourt.


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May 27, 2008 10:42 AM

Broncos don't bring in Alexander

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Denver Broncos were interested enough in Shaun Alexander to talk to his agent -- Jim Steiner -- a few weeks ago according to ESPN's Hashmarks blog. Denver wasn't interested enough to bring the former Seahawk running back in for a free-agent visit, though.

Alexander visited New Orleans and Cincinnati previously. He was released by the Seahawks before the NFL Draft.

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May 23, 2008 4:12 PM

Seahawks to get international player

Posted by Jose Romero

The NFL is expanding its International Practice Squad program, with 16 international players to join 16 teams in four divisions -- the NFC West, AFC West, NFC South and AFC North -- in mid-July in time for training camps.

That means the Seahawks are going to get such a player, and whom that is will be announced in July. This is the most amount of international players the league will select in the five years of the program.

Since the program's inception in 2004, 22 players have participated, including 11 last year and nine that have participated twice, according to a league statement.

You might remember when the Seahawks had popular DE Christian Mohr, of Germany and the former NFL Europe, with them on the practice squad in 2004. Mohr also went to training camp with Seattle in 2005, and spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad in 2006.


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May 22, 2008 10:12 PM

Tui's back in Oaktown

Posted by Jose Romero

That according to ESPN. Glad to see Marques back on the West Coast. He definitely didn't fit Norv Turner's style nor that of Art Shell. Apparently the guy can still get it done. He was one of the best college QBs I'd ever seen but I guess it just didn't translate into a pro starting job. Give him credit for hanging around though.

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May 21, 2008 5:58 PM

Offseason OTAs

Posted by Jose Romero

The OTAs, or organized team activities, are ongoing for the Seahawks in between mini-camps. Players do much of their conditioning work and other football activities throughout the mornings.

Fourth-round draft pick Red Bryant, a defensive tackle, is among the rookies back at team headquarters working out. Here's a report on some of what's going on from the Seahawks Web site.

Five of the seven Seattle draft picks are believed to be with the team already, their respective colleges having had graduation ceremonies. By next week, all seven members of the 2008 draft class should be in Kirkland, and certainly by June 2 for the start of the next team mini-camp. NFL rules stipulate that a rookie cannot join his team after the first post-draft mini-camp until his class has held graduation ceremonies, and as of tonight, all of the draftees but long snapper Tyler Schmitt, whose business school ceremony at San Diego State is Saturday, are cleared to be back with the Seahawks.

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May 21, 2008 10:24 AM

Rob Sims unplugged

Posted by Jose Romero

Here's more of my talk with Rob Sims on Tuesday. You can read the story I wrote on Sims today on the Times' Web site.

On new offensive line coach Mike Solari:
"He's very, very thorough. I was kinda sitting in the training room and he came to me and said 'We got a lot of work to do.'...He's just one of those guys, he's intense and he really cares. After I had my surgery he called me every single day, talked to my mom. I haven't had that kind of stuff since high school. He cares about his players. His aspiration for me, he told me he wants me to go to the Pro Bowl. It's one of those things where it's just good to have somebody that's in your corner."

On the new-look running game:
"It's a new deal. We're falling in love with Julius Jones. With T.J. Duckett there and the guys up front, man, it's starting to fit. Nobody feels like anybody's bigger than anybody else. It's one of those things like we're just going to work. You look at the guys in the huddle now, there's some young guys, there's some old guys, some guys have been here the median time, everybody's starting to feel each other and I think when we get going it's really going to be special."

On his third year in the league:
"I still expect more. I just don't think getting in there and playing and starting is enough. I feel like I work hard enough. I feel like I'm challenging enough, I study hard enough that it's time to go to the next level."

The teachers Sims honored on Tuesday had some decent questions, one of which was if there is any player that Sims absolutely doesn't like to go against.

Sims dodged the question but in the end admitted that he is not a big fan at all of Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, a player with a reputation for overaggressive play who went to the Pro Bowl last season. Speaking of Dockett, here's an update on his situation with the Cardinals, where apparently he is unhappy with his contract.


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May 20, 2008 5:20 PM

Remembering a rookie moment

Posted by Jose Romero

I got a chance to talk to Rob Sims today down at Qwest, where he was making an appearance on behalf of the team to honor Seattle Public Schools teachers for their work. Sims' mom Brenda is a teacher so this event hit home for him.

Sims is quite a character. He had those teachers (and me) doubled over with laughter when he talked about a rookie "hazing" incident he was the victim of. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren doesn't allow the hazing of rookies, but the youngsters have their roles, like getting donuts or fast food for the veterans once a week.

Anyway, Sims was handed a plate of something that looked like soft serve ice cream by teammate Chris Spencer. "I thought he was my guy," Sims told the teachers while rolling his eyes. Sims proceeded to pour hot fudge and toppings over the cream, then started eating it when he realized that it didn't go down very smooth. In fact, his stomach started to hurt and he thought it was the fudge.

Next day, Spencer asked Sims if he enjoyed the butter he had for dessert the night before.

Gross.

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May 20, 2008 2:07 PM

NFL owners opt out of the CBA

Posted by Danny O'Neil

You may have heard the news by now. Here's the news story from the league's Web site.

This is the topic that will be explored further in the days, weeks, months and years -- yes years -- until this situation is resolved. In the meantime, here are a few quick answers.

Q: Is this something you should worry about as an NFL fan.

A: Yes, absolutely, if you're a fan who enjoys worrying about a work stoppage that may begin three years from now. But, by all means if you'd like to worry about sabre rattling between billionaire owners and millionaire players for the next few years, feel free to hypothesize about the ramifications of an inability to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement before 2010.

Q: Will there be an agreement soon?

A: Not according to players association president Gene Upshaw. He conceded that it will likely take deadline pressure to prompt an agreement and that a realistic deadline is March 2010. And even then, deadlines can be moved, which is what happened in 2006 when the current extension was reached.

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May 20, 2008 1:26 PM

Indy's Super Bowl secret? A roof.

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The 2012 Super Bowl will be played in Indianapolis. That's not a shock. Indianpolis barely lost to Dallas as the site of the 2011 Super Bowl, the final vote 17-15.

Well, Indianapolis isn't exactly a garden spot in February when the game is played. So one day it could come to Seattle, right? Well, only if the Seahawks buy a bunch of big, blue tarps or figure some other way to turn Qwest Field into a dome.

The league's policy is that if the average temperature of the area is below 50 degrees, the site needs to be a dome. Three Super Bowls have been played in Northern cities: 1982 in Pontiac, Mich., 1992 in Minneapolis and 2006 when a certain local team played the Steelers in Detroit. Seattle applied to host the 1992 game that was later awarded to Minneapolis.

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May 19, 2008 11:46 AM

Shaun Alexander donates to three Seattle charities

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Here's the text of an announcement from the Shaun Alexander Foundation, which is making donations to three local charities:

Former Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander today announced that his foundation is donating $20,000 worth of clothing and athletic gear to three Seattle youth-based organizations.

The Shaun Alexander Foundation will donate gifts to the Zion Preparatory Academy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes over the coming weeks as part of the foundation’s mission to empower and inspire the region’s youth.


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May 16, 2008 3:10 PM

Seahawks opt for overhauls, not incremental change

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Jason Cole, a reporter from Yahoo!, was in town during the last minicamp, and he put together what I found to be a pretty compelling big-picture look at the Seahawks changes on offense. Specifically, he points out that when president Tim Ruskell has found an area of the football team he wants to improve, he goes about overhauling it as opposed to tinkering. In 2007, the Seahawks revamped the secondary with two new safeties and a coach. This season, it was the running game.

"Sometimes what you have to do is just start over and completely change what you're doing."
   -- Tim Ruskell, Seahawks president

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May 14, 2008 12:00 PM

Seahawks get Gessner

Posted by Jose Romero

This from the Seahawks moments ago, in an official statement:

The Seattle Seahawks have released center Chris White and signed wide receiver Chas Gessner, the team announced this morning.

Gessner originally entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 2, 2003 with the New England Patriots and has spent time with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe (2004), the New York Jets (2004) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006-07). He made his NFL debut last season with Tampa Bay vs. Arizona (11/4).

A two-time Walter Payton Award finalist as the nation's top Division I-AA player, Gessner also was a standout performer on Brown University's lacrosse team.

White originally signed with Seattle as a free agent on January 15, 2008.

My two cents: The Seahawks are trying to get some depth for a depleted WR group, and Gessner will get his shot in June and likely in training camp. Gessner had been playing in the
Arena League with the Orlando Predators. Looks like a Joe Jurevicius-type, and we all remember how successful Joe was in that Super Bowl year (not that I'm comparing the two) at 6-5, 220.

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May 13, 2008 4:36 PM

Lofa Tatupu: "This will never happen again."

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Linebacker Lofa Tatupu just released a statement through the Seattle Seahawks on his arrest for driving while intoxicated this weekend.

"I want to apologize to my family, teammates, the Seahawks ownership and organization, and the fans for making a poor decision and putting myself in a bad situation. I take seriously my role as a leader on this team, and in the community, and because of that I'm disappointed and embarrassed by the level of poor judgment I used last weekend. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. This will never happen again, and I hope through hard work on and off the field to begin earning your respect and trust again."

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May 13, 2008 4:08 PM

Statement from Jon Scott Fox, Lofa Tatupu's attorney

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Jon Scott Fox, a lawyer with the firm Fox Bowman & Duarte is representing Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu. He released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon:

''Lofa intends to handle this situation in a manner consistent with his reputation for integrity and leadership. We understand that Lofa fully cooperated with the police investigation and conducted himself as a gentleman throughout the incident. We will issue a further statement once our investigation is complete.''

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May 13, 2008 4:04 PM

Kirkland Police press release

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Here's the text of the press release from the Kirkland Police:

"On 5/11/08 at approximately 2:11 am, a Kirkland Police Sergeant observed a vehicle traveling in excess of the posted speed limit in the 11400 block of NE 85th street. The officer then observed the vehicle commit additional traffic violations until it stopped for the officer in the 12400 block of NE 85th St. The driver of the vehicle was contacted and identified as Mosiula M. Tatupu. Upon speaking to Tatupu, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and subsequent to field sobriety testing, Tatupu was arrested for DUI and transported to the Kirkland Police Department for a breath test. The results of the breath test were .155 and .158. Subsequent to the testing process, Tatupu was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and or Drugs and released. Tatupu was polite and cooperative throughout the process.
The investigation has been forward to the City of Kirkland Prosecutor for the filing of charges."

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May 13, 2008 2:35 PM

Next steps in Lofa Tatupu's case

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Lofa Tatupu was arrested on Saturday and cited for driving under the influence, but he has not been charged at an arraignment hearing. That would be the next step in the case, going forward, but there is nothing scheduled at Kirkland's municipal court at this point. An arraignment can take place anywhere from days to weeks.

Tatupu has retained an attorney, Jon Scott Fox. Fox said his office is in the process of investigating the matter.

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May 13, 2008 2:16 PM

Lofa Tatupu, police report details

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Linebacker Lofa Tatupu was driving a 2006 Hyundai with four passengers in it when he was pulled over and arrested for investigation of drunk-driving. According to the police report, the arresting officer was parked facing westbound when he observed a car driving eastbound on NE 85th Street in Kirkland. The officer estimated the Hyundai's speed to be in excess of 50 mph in an area where the speed limit was 35 mph. The officer made a U-turn and accelerated to 60 mph and still was not catching up to the car.

The officer observed several lane changes by the car, which pulled into the McDonald's parking lot without signaling. The officer indicates this is where he activated his emergency lights and pulled in behind the vehicle.

The officer said he smelled intoxicants, but Tatupu said he had not had anything to drink. Three field-sobriety tests were conducted. After that, Tatupu was asked to take a portable breathalyzer. He declined. Tatupu was arrested for DUI, according to the report, and handcuffed without incident.

At the police department, Tatupu asked for a public defender, and spoke with an attorney. A breath test was administered to Tatupu after that. The test requires two samples. Twice, Tatupu provided one good sample but the second was not good. The officer wrote Tatupu did not provide a consistent flow of air on the second sample. The officer asked Tatupu why he was unable to provide two samples and Tatupu said he was doing his best. The officer told Tatupu if it happened a third time, he would be taken to the hospital for a voluntary blood draw. Tatupu gave a final breath sample after 4 a.m., the samples measured at 0.155 and 0.158 according to the report and after that Tatupu was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

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May 13, 2008 12:46 PM

KJR report: Lofa Tatupu arrested for investigation of DUI

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Dave Mahler of KJR-AM reported on the air that Lofa Tatupu was arrested over the weekend for investigation of driving while intoxicated. Mahler aired his report after obtaining a copy of the police report.

We will have a separate story shortly, but in the meantime, I thought it best to publish the news of the report on the blog.

Update, 1:29 p.m.: We've obtained a copy of the report and have posted a news story updating the situation. The story is linked right here.

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May 12, 2008 8:02 PM

Packers release Robinson

Posted by Jose Romero

This was a few days ago but bears mentioning since Koren Robinson was a former Seattle first-round pick who spent his first four seasons with the Seahawks. And of course many of you know about his off-the-field issues.

Seattle DT Craig Terrill was to perform tonight at the Triple Door. I know that the show is going on as I write this, but it's worth saying that when Craig leaves football, he certainly has a future as a musician. He gave me one of his CDs ("CT", on sale at local QFCs) and although I'm not big on the Mellencamp/folk rock genre, Craig is very talented. Check him out at http://myspace.com/craigterrill.

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May 12, 2008 12:32 PM

Nothing done yet with Shaun Alexander

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Shaun Alexander is back in Seattle, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer. Not back with the Seahawks, mind you, but back in Seattle after he visited with Cincinnati and New Orleans last week, but his agent Jim Steiner told the Cincinnati Enquirer he expects to be in contact with the Bengals on Monday. Here's the link to the story right here.

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May 8, 2008 11:51 AM

Wrapping up the May camp

Posted by Jose Romero

Full team practices have now ended until the voluntary camp that starts June 2. But that doesn't mean the Seahawks' conditioning is over in the interim, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said.

"We're back to work at 7:30 a.m. Monday," Hasselbeck said. "This is just part of our offseason program."

This camp gave a number of backup players the chance to get more snaps on offense and defense, with three starters on offensive line, two starting defensive linemen and two starting receivers either unable to or choosing not to participate.

One of the guys who took advantage of his opportunity was WR Jordan Kent, who made several nice catches during the week. The absence of WR Bobby Engram opened the door for guys like Kent, Logan Payne and Ben Obomanu to run Engram's routes.

Hasselbeck said Engram's absence, a message to the team about his dissatisfaction with his contract, wasn't such a big issue.

"I feel like I can throw to Bobby with my eyes closed," Hasselbeck said. "There is another side to this business and it is a job. But at the end of the day we all count on Bobby being a playmaker for us this year."

Those unable to practice today were WRs Courtney Taylor and Deion Branch, LB Will Herring, DE Patrick Kerney, DTs Rocky Bernard and Marcus Tubbs, C Chris Spencer, LT Walter Jones, TEs Zac Alcorn and Jeb Putzier, S Mike Green and LG Rob Sims.

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May 7, 2008 5:04 PM

Directions to headquarters: 12 Seahawks Way

Posted by Danny O'Neil

That's the address for the team's new headquarters, which is being built in Renton.

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May 7, 2008 1:20 PM

Seattle can exhale: TE Jeb Putzier back to practice

Posted by Danny O'Neil

OK. That might be overdoing it. But Putzier did return to the practice field on Wednesday. Bobby Engram is still absent, which is to be expected at this point. The workouts are voluntary and all.

WR Courtney Taylor and TE Zac Alcorn were watching the workout while wearing stocking caps because it was freezing out on the practice field.

So with Taylor sitting out, that meant Seattle had five wide receivers total on the practice field only two of whom have caught a pass in a regular-season game: Nate Burleson and Ben Obomanu.

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May 6, 2008 11:31 PM

When valuable doesn't equal contract value

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Bobby Engram's paycheck doesn't match his performance.

One look around the NFL confirms that.

He caught 94 passes last season, most on his team and 11th most in the league. He caught only five fewer passes than Seattle’s two highest-paid receivers combined. Each of those guys is going to make well in excess of his salary of $1.7 million next season.

Factor in that Engram is playing on a contract that he negotiated coming off a season in which he was diagnosed with a serious thyroid condition and caught the fewest passes in any season in Seattle, and it's easy to understand why he's got a little bit of beef about his paycheck next season.

Continue reading this post ...


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May 6, 2008 12:48 PM

Bobby Engram sends letter, message

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Coach Mike Holmgren said he has a letter on his desk from wide receiver Bobby Engram.

Engram's message, however, has already been delivered with his absence from this week's voluntary minicamp as he is apparently unhappy over his contract.

"We need Bobby. He's one of our best offensive players," Holmgren said after practice. "This isn't the first time something like this has happened," coach . There are business decisions to be made."

Engram signed a two-year contract worth $3.4 million with Seattle in 2007. He received a signing bonus of $880,000, a first-year salary of $820,000 and is scheduled to make $1.7 million next season. He turned 35 in January.

He led Seattle with 94 receptions last season, but will be the third-highest paid receiver on the team behind Deion Branch and Nate Burleson. Engram was present for the three-day mandatory camp held from Friday through Sunday, but he was not present on Monday, which is a voluntary session.

Holmgren said he expects Engram present for any mandatory sessions.

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May 6, 2008 11:29 AM

Sims out a month

Posted by Jose Romero

The word from Seahawks headquarters is that left guard Rob Sims, who had arthroscopic surgery this morning on his right knee, will be out for a month. According to that schedule, he'd miss the first four days of the team's voluntary June mini-camp from June 2-5, but could be back for the following week's session, June 9-12.

UPDATE:

Coach Mike Holmgren today said Sims could be out for six weeks, but he expects to have him back for the start of training camp.

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May 6, 2008 12:02 AM

Shaun to visit the Big Easy

Posted by Jose Romero

Former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander will make a free agent visit to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, ESPN and the NFL Network reported Monday.

Alexander was in Cincinnati to meet with the Bengals Monday.

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May 5, 2008 3:20 PM

Sims to have surgery

Posted by Jose Romero

Seahawks offensive guard Rob Sims, whom I told you missed practice today, did so because he is to have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee tomorrow at the Seattle Surgery Center, the team said in a statement.

Sims, a third-year pro, opened the current minicamp as the No. 1 right guard. He has started 19 of the 30 career regular-season games in which he has played.

Such surgery is not regarded as very serious in terms of recovery, but Sims figures to miss the last three days of practices.

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May 5, 2008 12:51 PM

Monday's practice

Posted by Jose Romero

As this is a voluntary camp, the team didn't release any details on why G Rob Sims didn't practice today. But he sat out and then left the field with team trainer Sam Ramsden.

Also, WR Bobby Engram was not present for the workout.

High and low of today: An impressive high, reaching two-handed grab by WR Nate Burleson against tight coverage and a fumbled handoff between the quarterback and FB Leonard Weaver during team drills.

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May 5, 2008 11:23 AM

Roster moves

Posted by Jose Romero

On the grand scale of all things Seahawk, these doesn't rank too high. But the Seahawks have released DT Kelly Talavou and signed DT Kevin Brown, and released WR Travis Brown to sign WR Joel Filani.

Talavou joined the practice squad on Jan. 1 during last season. Brown was with the Seahawks at their minicamp this past weekend on a tryout basis.

Brown is a rookie from UCLA, so he won't be back with the Seahawks until at least the June minicamp. Filani was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of 2007 out of Texas Tech. He was released and signed with Minnesota.

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May 4, 2008 11:44 AM

Three days of rookie minicamp concludes

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks just finished their final workout of the three days in which rookies are allowed to practice with the team. The only change in the practice roll call was P.K. Sam, who was not on the field, and Anthony Russo, who was back on the field. Corey Williams was still hurt, and defensive tackle Howard Green was watching with a baseball cap instead of a helmet after he went down the first day.

The group of those doing rehab work instead of practice remained unchanged: Mike Green, Will Herring, Chris Spencer, Walter Jones, Deion Branch, Marcus Tubbs, Patrick Kerney and Rocky Bernard.

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May 4, 2008 9:20 AM

Roster hot spots

Posted by Danny O'Neil

An offseason minicamp is too early to start truly keeping a scorecard of who's winning the battle for a certain job. It does give you a pretty good idea, though, of where those competitions will occur once training camp begins.

Today's story details the opportunities the team's young receivers are getting to earn playing time. Logan Payne, Courtney Taylor and Ben Obomanu all have a chance to grab hold of that spot as Deion Branch continues his recovery from knee surgery. Jordan Kent is more likely to see time at split end behind Nate Burleson. His combination of height and speed give him a real chance to make an impact. Payne and Obomanu are the sure-handed technicians in the group while Taylor is more athletic in the air and his running ability will make him a threat to rack up yards after the catch.

Receiver isn't the only hot spot, though. Keep reading for a thumbnail sketch of other positional battles that will be waged at defensive tackle, kicker and

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May 3, 2008 3:45 PM

Saturday attendance

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The recovery crew remains the same. There were a few others missing from the morning workout: DT Howard Green, WRs Anthony Russo and Corey Williams did not practice.

OL Ray Willis is on the field with a helmet, taking part in individual drills in the morning, but did not take part in team drills. WR Bobby Engram took it easy, which could just be a case of a veteran getting a lighter workload. He's 35, had his helmet and looked fine, he just wasn't on the field for all the drills.

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May 2, 2008 6:51 PM

Ray Willis not practicing Friday afternoon

Posted by Danny O'Neil

This is a belated note. In taking attendance at the morning practice, I crossed of Ray Willis, whom I saw on the field during stretching exercises. He is here, but he was not participating in drills this afternoon. He underwent offseason arthroscopic knee surgery.

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May 2, 2008 5:48 PM

Afternoon update

Posted by Danny O'Neil

We'll give a few unit rundowns from the first day of practice. Here's the different tiers of defensive linemen though keep in mind that Patrick Kerney, the starting left end is out recovering from offseason shoulder surgery:

Unit 1 -- RE -- Darryl Tapp, DT Craig Terrill, DT Brandon Mebane, LE Baraka Atkins

Unit 2 -- RE Lawrence Jackson, DT Howard Green, DT Red Bryant, LE Jason Babin

Unite 3 -- RE Nu'u Tafisi, DT Larry Tripplett, DT Kevin Brown, LE Chris Cooper.

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May 2, 2008 2:37 PM

First-unit offensive line

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Starting center Chris Spencer and left tackle Walter Jones were watching the workouts, leaving the following unit working first-team:

LT Floyd Womack
LG Mike Wahle
C Chris Gray
RG Rob Sims
RT Sean Locklear

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May 2, 2008 2:10 PM

Holmgren wishes Alexander well

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seattle coach Mike Holmgren wrapped up his summary of the first practice of the team's minicamp with a nod to the past when asked if it was strange not to see No. 37, Shaun Alexander, on the field.

"Well, it is a little bit," Holmgren said. "He has been with us a long time and one of the core players for us and had a lot to do with the success we've had around here. But he knows I wish him well, and that it wouldn't surprise me at all if he's playing with somebody this next year and has a good year."

Alexander is scheduled to visit Cincinnati on Monday.

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May 2, 2008 1:49 PM

DT Rocky Bernard recovering from toe surgery

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The only player on the team's roster who was not seen at Friday's morning workout was Rocky Bernard, the Seahawks defensive tackle. Bernard is recovering from offseason surgery on his foot, coach Mike Holmgren said. The surgery involved his toe, and he is following his rehabilitation schedule.

Bernard was arrested last month and faces a domestic-violence charge. The next hearing in that case is scheduled for June. Holmgren said to wait for the process to play out before drawing conclusions about what happened. That has been the club's policy in previous instances where players were arrested on similar charges.

"Let it run its course, and when it's all done, people will go, 'Oh.' " Holmgren said. "We like Rocky. Obviously he's a good football player, and I want him to get healthy, physically."

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May 2, 2008 1:44 PM

Mike Holmgren update on DT Marcus Tubbs

Posted by Danny O'Neil

DT Marcus Tubbs is coming back from reconstructive surgery on his right knee. He experienced swelling in the knee, and he underwent arthroscopic surgery.

"It would have been more of a setback if we had waited another month or something," Holmgren said of Tubbs. "I think this is the type of thing that they fix it. It should really be the last thing that we have to do to the leg. Then he should be able to practice and stuff. How much we practice him, we just have to be able to practice him."

Tubbs came back from microfracture surgery on his left knee last year before suffering an injury to his right knee during an exhibition game. He watched Friday's practice from the sidelines.

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May 2, 2008 1:34 PM

Kerney, W.Jones and Branch among Friday observers

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The following Seahawk players were present at the morning workout, watching but not participating due to offseason surgery:

DE Patrick Kerney (shoulder), DT Marcus Tubbs (knee), LT Walter Jones, C Chris Spencer, LB Will Herring, S Mike Green and WR Deion Branch (knee).

DT Rocky Bernard was not on the field. Coach Mike Holmgren said he is following rehabilitation schedule after undergoing surgery on his foot. Holmgren said his most recent medical reports came Thursday, the day before the minicamp began. From what Holmgren said, sounded like Tubbs will be the biggest question in terms of readiness for training camp and the season.

"They're all right on track, and we're feeling good about their progress," Holmgren said. "There are a couple questions. I would think we don't know how Tubby is going to react, but he's doing fine. I'm optimistic there. Deion Branch is doing fine. He's right on schedule if not a little ahead of schedule."

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May 2, 2008 9:37 AM

Seahawks re-sign Womack

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seattle re-signed Floyd Womack, offensive lineman, to a one-year contract, the team announced. Womack has played both guard and tackle for the Seahawks. He was on the team last season on a one-year contract. Seattle released defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis to make room for Womack on the roster. The team will conduct its first practice of the mandatory minicamp on Friday at 11.

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May 1, 2008 10:41 AM

Shaun Alexander to visit Cincinnati Monday

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Here's a report from Cincinnati's team Web site, saying that running back Shaun Alexander will be in town to visit the Bengals on Monday.

Alexander grew up in Kentucky, not far from Cincinnati.

The Seahawks released Alexander earlier this month, the culmination of several months the Seahawks spent overhauling their rushing offense. Alexander indicated after his release he intended to continue his NFL career.

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May 1, 2008 10:25 AM

Introducing: RB Julius Jones

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Running back Julius Jones' first Seahawks practice will be Friday morning when the Seahawks begin their minicamp.

His first impression, however, came Thursday in an interview with local newspaper reporters. He cuts a pretty impressive profile. Very personable and engaging.

Seattle made it very clear this offseason that changing the rushing offense was the top priority. They signed a running back in Jones, who similarly wanted a change after playing the past four seasons in Dallas.

"It was time for me to go," Jones said. "I did my four years there. I'm thankful they gave me the opportunity to play in the NFL. They drafted me. I had four good years there, and it was time to go.

"It happens."

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