By Eric D. Williams Herald Writer
RENTON — The high-octane offense that averaged more than 30 points a contest during the second half of 2012 was not on display for the Seattle Seahawks during an hour-long scrimmage on Friday.
Instead, the team’s starting offense coughed and sputtered most of the afternoon.
Under a steady drizzle, Russell Wilson struggled to move the ball against a dominant, first-unit defense, managing two scores on eight drives during the scrimmage — a 14-yard touchdown catch by tight end Luke Willson on a seam route and a 45-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka.
“I was a really disappointed,” Pete Carroll said. “We were real sloppy at the line of scrimmage today. We had a couple fumbled snaps, which we haven’t had at all, with Russell (Wilson) and Max (Unger), which are unusual.
“But we needed to get out here. It’s the first day we had any real weather at all, so that was good. And all the stuff is very easily correctable. But the good part is we had a lot of good work, a lot of reps.”
Although the offense did not operate at a high level, Wilson said his unit set up a good foundation to build on.
“It was a solid practice,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t our best one, but it was a good one. There are some things in there that we always want to improve on, and that’s the great part about practice.”
Receiver Stephen Williams was involved in a scary moment at the beginning of the scrimmage. With Williams going high up in the air for a deep ball, safety Winston Guy took out his legs, flipping Williams to the ground, where he remained for several minutes before eventually getting up on his own.
Williams had some harsh words for Guy as he left the field and went inside to the training room.
“That was a terrible play that happened,” Carroll said. “That never should have happened. But fortunately he just wrenched his neck a little bit, so he’s going to be okay.”
Williams later returned to the field to participate in the scrimmage.
Hill not charged
As first reported by Pro Football Talk, former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill will not face charges in Issaquah municipal court.
Hill was arrested by the Issaquah police on domestic violence offenses of unlawful imprisonment and third degree assault in January. The incident was Hill’s fourth run-in with the law since 2009.
The King County prosecutor’s office declined to pursue domestic disturbance allegations levied against Hill in May, and the case reverted back to Issaquah municipal court. However, according to a press release from Hill’s attorney, prosecutors said medical records did not support the alleged victim’s claims regarding the alleged assault.
WR Doucet agrees to terms
The Seahawks announced on Friday that the team waived defensive end Kenneth Boatright and agreed to terms with former Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet.
Doucet was a third-round pick by the Cardinals in the 2008 draft. He played in 54 games with 14 starts in his five seasons with the Cardinals. He was released by Arizona in March.
After sitting out on Thursday, defensive lineman Jesse Williams returned to action. Offensive tackle Michael Bowie also suited up for the scrimmage, but did not play. Others who did not play included LB Bobby Wagner (shoulder), DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), SS Kam Chancellor (ankle), TE Michael Palmer (groin), TE Darren Fells (hamstring), CB Jeremy Lane (foot), WR Doug Baldwin (rest), K Carson Wiggs (rest) DT Michael Brooks (unknown), CB Ron Parker (hamstring) and LB Kyle Knox (groin). … DE Chris Clemons (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot), RB Robert Turbin (foot), TE Zach Miller (foot), DE Greg Scruggs (knee) and WR Percy Harvin (hip) remain on the PUP list. LB Korey Toomer remains on the non-football injury list. … Former Seahawks’ offensive tackle Walter Jones will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014, a year before his expected eligibility, the Hall has determined. Jones spent his final season with Seattle, 2009, on the injured reserve. So his five-year waiting period for Hall of Fame consideration began a season ahead of the anticipated timeline. … The Seahawks will take today off and return to practice on Sunday.