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Seahawks' Lynch, Carroll on same page

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By Eric D. Williams
The News Tribune
RENTON -- Marshawn Lynch made national headlines during the final weeks of the NFL offseason after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in his hometown of Oakland.
The enigmatic running back was in uniform for his team's opening practice of training camp, but did not talk to reporters afterwards to discuss his ongoing court case.
Lynch released a prepared statement through the team last week apologizing for the incident.
According to Lynch's attorney, Lynch pled not guilty to the alleged DUI charge this week. His next scheduled hearing is Sept. 27.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that he has been in contact with the league, but would not speak specifically about the situation.
"Marshawn and I have been on the topic since the first day of it," Carroll said. "And we've had very good communication about it. There's a process going on that we really can't even talk about it. But I'm pleased with the way he's worked with us, so we understand what's going on."
When asked about his initial reaction when finding out about the incident, Carroll said he was concerned and disappointed, but also appreciated the proactive way that Lynch handled the situation.
"I didn't know the facts or anything about it," Carroll said. "But we talked our way through it and understand it. And I was pleased with the way we interacted so that we could be on top of it."
Carroll also said that he believes that his team can lean on this year's fourth-round draft pick, rookie running back Robert Turbin, to carry the load should Lynch not be available to begin the regular season.
At 5-10 and 222 pounds, Turbin ran for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns on 245 attempts his senior season for Utah State.
"There isn't any question that he could be," Carroll said. "He had a bunch of carries in school, and if we needed him to play on a regular basis he's as physically fit as you could get. He's used to pounding."
Clemons pleased with new deal
Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons discussed his new contract extension, a reported three-year, $21 million deal, with reporters on Saturday. Clemons said he's pleased to have the added security of the contract extension.
Clemons, who was in the final year of his deal, skipped the team's mandatory minicamp to show his displeasure with his contract situation.
"It's doesn't secure everything," Clemons said. "But it makes you feel better about how the team feels about you going into this next season knowing you don't have to worry about free agency. So I'm pretty happy about that."
The Seahawks received Clemons and a 2010, fourth-round draft pick in a trade with Philadelphia two years ago for defensive end Darryl Tapp.
Seattle used the draft choice on North Carolina defensive lineman E.J. Wilson, who's no longer with the team.
But Clemons has been a perfect fit for Seattle's defense, posting 11-sack seasons the past two years.
"Clemons played great football for us," Carroll said. "We believed in Chris and what he brought to the program in the past, and what he will bring in the future."
Clemons said he's also excited to work with rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin. Seattle plans to use both Clemons and Irvin together in passing situations.
"Just watching him today, he's super-fast," Clemons said about Irvin. "So you know it's going to help me. Hopefully I'm able to help him throughout the season, and help him mature as a football player."
Extra points
Carroll announced that offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee), receiver Jermaine Kearse (foot) and cornerback Walter Thurmond (leg) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to begin training camp. … Receiver Sidney Rice initially was reported on that list, but that was corrected and the South Carolina product did practice, albeit in a red jersey, which means he cannot be involved in contact. Carroll said he still wants to protect Rice as much as he can coming off of two shoulder surgeries this offseason. ... Carroll said that middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, who did not practice during the offseason because of shoulder, knee and groin issues, has been cleared to play and is slowly working his way back on the field. The same goes for cornerback Byron Maxwell. Carroll said that trainers initially thought that Maxwell had a stress fracture on his leg, but he's been cleared to play and is working to get back into playing shape.
... Offensive tackle Allen Barbre was an excused absence in order to tend to a family issue, but is expected to be at practice today.
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