By John Boyle Herald Writer
RENTON — Rookie Seattle Seahawks receiver Kevin Norwood, one of the standouts of offseason workouts, continues to be sidelined by a sore foot.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll initially downplayed the injury last week, but after Norwood returned to practice Wednesday for just a day before being sidelined once again, Carroll’s answer on the receiver now seems less optimistic.
“We’re waiting for some more information, we’re going to take our time with him,” Seahawks Carroll said. “He’s not going to come back right way. It’s going to be a bit.”
The Seahawks won’t rush to make a decision on Norwood for a couple of reasons. The fourth-round pick can’t go on the PUP list since he started camp healthy and practicing. And the Seahawks almost certainly won’t waive/injure him for fear of another team claiming him. So even if he might be out long enough to end up on injured reserve, the Seahawks wouldn’t be able to do place him on IR until Aug. 26 at the earliest.
Chancellor in pads
Safety Kam Chancellor, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, was back in pads for the first time, though he was limited, mostly taking part in early individual drills, but it’s still an encouraging first step for the Pro Bowler.
Also back from a minor injury in addition to rookie offensive tackle Justin Britt was rookie defensive Cassius Marsh, who missed two days with a groin injury. Receiver Phil Bates, who has been one of the bright spots in camp, left early after chatting with trainers, but it turns out he wasn’t injured, but rather sick.
Left guard James Carpenter, who has been sidelined with calf injury since last week, has a chance to get back “Tomorrow or the next couple of day,” Carroll said. Linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has a hamstring injury, will “take a little bit longer.”
Rookie safety Dion Bailey watched practice on crutches and in a walking boot after hurting himself Saturday, and has what Carroll called a “pretty good ankle sprain.”
The Seahawks signed guard Wade Smith and claimed offensive lineman Cory Brandon off waivers from Arizona. The Seahawks also re-signed defensive tackle Andru Pulu, who they signed as an undrafted free agent but released following the team’s June minicamp. The Seahawks also waived receiver Ronald Johnson, who they signed late last week, as well as linebacker Brandon Denmark.