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John Boyle | jboyle@heraldnet.com
Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 4:44 p.m.

Notes from Wednesday's practice

Several things stood out in Wednesday's practice, none more impressive than a catch from a long-shot to make the team, and none more important than Russell Okung doing more in practice.

Okung, who sprained his ankle in the first preseason game, participated in team drills for the first time since suffering the injury. Okung worked with the second team, and didn't look to be a full speed, but it was certainly a good sign for Okung and the Seahawks.

As for that catch, it was Ricardo Lockette making a spectacular leaping catch over/through Earl Thomas on a deep pass from Josh Portis. Thomas had the play covered, or so it seemed, but Lockette reached over Thomas while the two were tangled up, then controlled the ball with one hand as they went to the ground. It was impressive to say the least, but Lockette is still much more likely to end up on the practice squad than the final roster.

It’s was clear watching Wednesday's practice that the re-signing of receiver Patrick Williams and Chris Carter was a move made to give Seattle depth for its final preseason game. WR Sidney Rice sat out Wednesday’s practice with a sore shoulder, as did receivers Mike Williams (toe), Ben Obomanu (head) and Isaiah Stanback (hamstring).

And with all of those injuries, expect to see a lot of Golden Tate in the final preseason game. Tate has not had a great preseason, and some believe he is now battling for a roster spot despite being a second-round pick last year.

RB Marshawn Lynch, who has been out since last week with an ankle injury, ran on the side during Wednesday’s practice and looked to be moving well. He won’t play in Friday’s preseason game, but all signs point to him being ready for the season opener.


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