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February 7  |  Nick Patterson
I'm about to depart on vacation, so I figured I'd provide the links for my final stories before disappearing for a couple weeks.



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February 6  |  Nick Patterson
I haven't had a whole lot of time to take in the University of Washington men's basketball team this season, but now that the Seahawks' season is over and the Mariners' pre-spring training luncheon has been dealt with, I can maybe devote a little bit of my time to the Huskies. In that vein, I decided to sit down and watch the broadcast of Washington's game against Arizona on Saturday afternoon.

It's remarkable what the Huskies are doing this season, considering the...

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February 4  |  Nick Patterson
By now this is an old story, but it's a good one. So in case you missed it ...

Archbishop Murphy High School graduate Shiloh Keo is headed to the Super Bowl. Keo, who led the Wildcats to the 2A state semifinals in 2004 and the 2A state championship game in 2005, is a safety with the Denver Broncos, who face the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.



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January 31  |  Nick Patterson
There's been much change with the Seattle Mariners since Jerry Dipoto took over as general manager in September. The team's pre-spring training media luncheon Thursday gave him and the rest of the organization a chance to talk about and explain those changes. I wrote stories about some of those changes this week.



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January 28  |  Nick Patterson
The Mariners held their annual pre-spring training media luncheon Thursday morning at Safeco Field. I'll have multiple stories about what was said there in the coming days. However, the news that came out that's probably the most important to share are the player injury updates. The information is courtesy of longtime Mariners trainer Rick Griffin:

Robinson Cano: Seattle's star second baseman underwent successful surgery on core muscles on both his left...

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January 27  |  Nick Patterson
Tackle Russell Okung suffered a dislocated shoulder in the Seahawks' season-ending 31-24 loss to Carolina in the divisional playoffs. The two-time Pro Bowler is now an unrestricted free agent.

Jason La Canfora of CBSsports.com sent out the following tweets updating Okung's situation:



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January 27  |  Nick Patterson
For those who have been following the situation with Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman and his arrest, here's a timeline:

Oct. 14: Coleman is arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit and run following a two-car accident in Bellevue. Bellevue Chief of Police Steve Mylett holds a press conference the following day detailing the events, including Coleman fleeing the scene of...

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January 26  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the seventh and final part of my seven-part series looking at where the Seahawks stand heading into the offseason, position by position. Salary numbers for 2016 are courtesy of OverTheCap.com. Players signed to futures contracts are not included. Unrestricted free agents can sign with any team. Restricted free agents can either have offers matched by Seattle, or the Seahawks receive compensation. Exclusive...

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January 25  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the sixth part of my seven-part series looking at where the Seahawks stand heading into the offseason, position by position. Salary numbers for 2016 are courtesy of OverTheCap.com. Players signed to futures contracts are not included. Unrestricted free agents can sign with any team. Restricted free agents can either have offers matched by Seattle, or the Seahawks receive compensation. Exclusive rights free...

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January 24  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the fifth part of my seven-part series looking at where the Seahawks stand heading into the offseason, position by position. Salary numbers for 2016 are courtesy of OverTheCap.com. Players signed to futures contracts are not included. Unrestricted free agents can sign with any team. Restricted free agents can either have offers matched by Seattle, or the Seahawks receive compensation. Exclusive rights free...

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January 23  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the fourth part of my seven-part series looking at where the Seahawks stand heading into the offseason, position by position. Salary numbers for 2016 are courtesy of OverTheCap.com. Players signed to futures contracts are not included. Unrestricted free agents can sign with any team. Restricted free agents can either have offers matched by Seattle, or the Seahawks receive compensation. Exclusive rights free...

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January 22  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks general manager John Schneider was interviewed on 710 AM radio Friday morning, and the most significant thing he said involved running back Marshawn Lynch.

The status of Lynch, who's been Seattle's Beast Mode ball carrier the past six seasons, for next season has always been in question. Schneider said Friday he is under the impression Lynch is...

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January 22  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the third part of my seven-part series looking at where the Seahawks stand heading into the offseason, position by position. Salary numbers for 2016 are courtesy of OverTheCap.com. Players signed to futures contracts are not included. Unrestricted free agents can sign with any team. Restricted free agents can either have offers matched by Seattle, or the Seahawks receive compensation. Exclusive rights free...

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January 21  |  Nick Patterson
A few minutes ago the Sounders sent out the following tweet:

Welcome Home. pic.twitter.com/5cY6rRUsEK

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) January 21, 2016

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January 21  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the second part of my seven-part series looking at where the Seahawks stand heading into the offseason, position by position. Salary numbers for 2016 are courtesy of OverTheCap.com. Players signed to futures contracts are not included. Unrestricted free agents can sign with any team. Restricted free agents can either have offers matched by Seattle, or the Seahawks receive compensation. Exclusive rights free...

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January 20  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the first part of my seven-part series looking at where the Seahawks stand heading into the offseason, position by position. Salary numbers for 2016 are courtesy of OverTheCap.com. Players signed to futures contracts are not included. Unrestricted free agents can sign with any team. Restricted free agents can either have offers matched by Seattle, or the Seahawks receive compensation. Exclusive rights free...

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January 19  |  By Nick Patterson
With the Seahawks' season over, it's time to look ahead to next season. Over the next week I'll have a series of blog posts in which I break down the roster position by position, looking at who's under contract for 2016, who isn't, and speculating on what Seattle may do.

Here's the schedule:



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January 18  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll naturally had a lot to say during his final podium of the season Monday afternoon at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. I'll deal with a lot of that stuff in the coming days. However, here's a few important tidbits:

- Carroll declined to speculate on any roster situations for next season. That included whether running back Marshawn Lynch would be back, the contract situations with strong safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Michael Bennett,...

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January 18  |  Nick Patterson
Irvin says he'll take less money; Rawls wants to help Flint Here's some takeaways from the #Seahawks' locker room as they packed up for the end of the season Monday:

- Linebacker Bruce Irvin, who is a free agent, said he's willing to take less money to re-sign with the Seahawks. It's been largely expected that Irvin, who plays on the strong side and is also used as a rusher on passing downs, would not return next season because the Seahawks would not be able to offer him the same amount of money as he could get on the open...

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January 18  |  Nick Patterson
Here's a list of the Seahawks' free agents, according to Spotrac.com:

UNRESTRICTED
(Free to sign with anyone)

T Russell Okung
DT Brandon Mebane
LB Bruce Irvin
DT Ahtyba Rubin
WR Jermaine Kearse
G J.R. Sweezy
QB Tavaris Jackson
P Jon Ryan
LB Mike Morgan
CB Jeremy Lane
FB Will Tukuafu
DE Demarcus Dobbs
WR Ricardo...

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January 17  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

If ever there was a game where a team that's been to two straight Super Bowls did itself credit with a loss, this was the one.

This game was over at halftime. The Panthers dominated the Seahawks unlike any team has in years, leading 31-0. That score was every bit indicative of how the game was going, too, as Carolina kicked Seattle's tails in every possible way.

The Seahawks could easily have folded and called it a...

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January 17  |  Nick Patterson
SEATTLE

Inactives: CB Tye Smith, RB Bryce Brown, FB Will Tukuafu, LB Eric Pinkins, G Mark Glowinski, G/C Kristjan Sokoli, DT A.J. Francis.

Notes: RB Marshawn Lynch finally makes his return after sitting out eight games because of an abdominal injury. TE Luke Willson (concussion) also returns. The only player who sits out because of injury is Tukuafu, who had been listed as doubtful because of a hamstring...

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January 15  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the official injury report for the Seattle Seahawks' divisional playoff game Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers:

SEATTLE

Out: none.
Doubtful: FB Will Tukuafu (hamstring).
Questionable: none.
Probable: TE Luke Willson (concussion), RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen), DE Michael Bennett (toe).

Notes: The big news for Seattle is that...

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January 14  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch practiced in full again Thursday.

All of the pacific northwest is once again on Lynch watch this week, waiting to see whether Lynch will finally return from his abdominal injury. Lynch has missed eight games because of the injury, which required surgery, so practicing in full is a good sign. However, Lynch practiced in full all of last week, too, yet unexpectedly did not board the team flight when it departed for Minnesota. So the...

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January 14  |  Nick Patterson
In the wake of the Seahawks' 10-9 victory over Minnesota in last Sunday's wild-card game, Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop related an anecdote about Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tackling a whiteboard during a team meeting the previous night.

Needless to say, Carroll's actions drew some interesting reactions from his players.

Cornerback...

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January 14  |  Nick Patterson
It's been a topsy-turvy couple of days in the NFC West. News from the past couple days means the Seahawks will have quite the different experience when facing their division rivals next season.

First, there was the news Tueday about the Rams relocating from St. Louis to Los Angeles, something that will take effect next season.


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January 13  |  Nick Patterson
So what's the current situation with Marshawn Lynch?

The Seahawks' star running back has missed eight games because of an abdominal injury. He looked set to return for last week's wild-card game at Minnesota after practicing in full all week. However, after practicing last Friday afternoon he didn't board the team flight that evening. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday, despite reports to the contrary from Lynch's agent, that Lynch did not suffer a setback.

So how...

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January 13  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks punter Jon Ryan had an eventful game last Sunday in Seattle's 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. He suffered a broken nose when he did a face plant on the turf, trying to hurdle a defender after being forced to tuck-and-run following a low snap.

"It's one of those plays you hope never happens," a good-natured Ryan said. "It was a low snap, and I believe when I got up there if I would have kicked it it would have been blocked, so that was the right decision.

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January 13  |  Nick Patterson
One of the plays that could have been a difference maker in Seattle 10-9 victory over Minnesota last Sunday was a pass-interference penalty on Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor in the game's final drive. The Vikings had second-and-10 from their own 39-yard line with 1:38 remaining when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's threw incomplete to tight end Kyle Rudolph. However, a flag was thrown on Chancellor, which moved the ball to the Seattle 42 and helped put Minnesota in field-goal...

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January 11  |  Nick Patterson
Running back Marshawn Lynch was supposed to return for the Seahawks for Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game at Minnesota, which Seattle won 10-9 to advance to face top seeded Carolina. Lynch, who missed seven weeks because of an abdominal injury, practiced in full all last week, including Friday afternoon. However, Lynch did not board the team plane Friday evening and ended up missing his eighth straight contest.



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