By John Boyle
A day after TE Anthony McCoy suffered an Achilles injury, another Seahawks may have gone down with a serious injury. This time it was second-year defensive tackle Jesse Williams being carted off the field with a knee injury. Pete Carroll was not available to the media Wednesday—he generally talks every other day or so in camp—so no update was immediately available. A team spokesman later confirmed that Williams injured his knee, but no further update was given.
Williams, a fifth-round pick in 2013, missed all of last season with a knee injury that dates back to his time at Alabama, but was back and hoping to break out this season. Williams, who came in lighter this season to help alleviate the pressure on his knees, had been one of the bright spots of offseason workouts, though healthy or not, he isn’t a lock to break into the defensive line rotation.
—A few new absences from practice, but it’s always worth remembering this time of year not to overreact until we hear a reason, especially if said player made it through the previous day’s practice seemingly unscathed. Rookie receiver Paul Richardson was held out, as was receiver Jermaine Kearse. LB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) and G James Carpenter (calf) were both held out after leaving yesterday’s practice early.
WR Kevin Norbwood (foot) returned to action for the early part of practice but did not participate in team drills. Also back in limited fashion after missing Tuesday’s practice was rookie LB Kevin Pierre-Louis.
—With Wagner still out, rookie Brock Coyle got significant work with the No. 1 defense and has been getting strong reviews from coaches and teammates.
—Doug Baldwin had a couple of touchdowns in the red zone on slant routes, one from Russell Wilson and one from Terrelle Pryor. Now a couple of touchdowns by Baldwin is hardly news at practice, but that both came on slants, a pass the Seahawks weren’t particularly strong on last season, is probably a good sign.
—Rushing touchdowns in practice can often be dubious since players can’t be tackled to the ground, so they often run through would-be tacklers who in a real game would make the stop, but the 24-yard touchdown scored by Percy Harvin on a fly sweep was completely legitimate. Everyone knows by now that Harvin is incredibly fast, but it’s still fun to see up close.
—K Steven Hauschka hit a 57-yard field goal at one point.
—WR Bryan Walters had the catch of the day, dragging his toes after a leaping catch in the back of the end zone. There should probably be an asterisk by that play, however, because rookie DE Jackson Jeffcoact was in the backfield and had to pull up before hitting Wilson.
—Newly-signed RT Eric Winston continues to work with the second team behind Justin Britt, but especially considering he is in just his second day of camp, the veteran looks like he’s more than capable of pushing the rookie (and Michael Bowie whenever he returns) for the starting job.