By John Boyle Herald Writer
RENTON — While on-again, off-again optional workout attendee Marshawn Lynch was back in action for Wednesday’s organized team activities, right tackle Breno Giacomini was absent, as he has been all week.
The reason, Pete Carroll explained, is that Giacomini went to New York to have a sore knee checked out. The news was good for Giacomini, who won’t need surgery, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
“He’s been working out and he could have practiced this week, but we wanted to take this time to make sure we’re doing the right thing, so he’s in good shape,” Carroll said. “That was a very positive thing for us.”
Giacomini’s absence provided a good opportunity for rookie Michael Bowie, who spent the past week working with the first-team offense at right tackle.
“Michael has done a nice job,” Carroll said of the seventh-round pick out of Northeastern State. “He’s athletically looking capable. We have to get him in pads and all of that kind of stuff, but Michael got a great chance to show, and it was cool to have him with the first group out there and stressed by that, and he handled himself well. It was a good initial statement that he’s made, and it looks like he can fit in.”
Bowie called his week with the first team “very valuable.”
“I’m going with the ones, which is better competition,” Bowie said. “I’m just working at a fast pace and getting used to all the plays. I’m just trying to learn on the fly.”
As for Lynch, he was back on the field after being absent from the OTA session earlier in the week that was open to the media. Lynch has been at some, but not all, of Seattle’s OTAs over the past three weeks, but Carroll didn’t seem too concerned about his Pro Bowl running back’s spotty attendance record.
“He’s in really good shape. We’re trying to get him all the way through this offseason and get him ready for the real season,” Carroll said. “We know what Marshawn can do as long as he’s in good shape, and he’s in fantastic shape. He’s hard as a rock and he’s worked really hard to this point. … There is so much wear on the tire and we don’t want to wear him down now. It’s not at the point that we should be pushing that as long as he’s in great condition, which he is. So, we’re pleased with his progress at this time.”
Clemons, Carpenter progressing
Carroll said defensive end Chris Clemons, who tore an ACL in Seattle’s playoff win over Washington, has a shot to be ready for the season opener, but Carroll also reiterated that they won’t rush Clemons’ comeback.
“According to the doctors, he’s got a chance,” Carroll said. “We’ll just wait and see how it goes. Like I’ve said from the beginning, we’re not going to rush it. We’re going to make sure that he’s well and ready to go and all of that, but he is well ahead of schedule and in great shape, so we’re really pleased.”
Guard James Carpenter, who has ended the past two seasons on injured reserve with a knee injury, has “a real shot” to be back for training camp, Carroll said.
“I think by that time that’s not too much to ask at all for Carp,” he said. “We’ve got to get him in shape. … He is running now, so he’s ready to make a big push, I would think in the next month, to show how far he can take it.”
A handful of other players also sat out Wednesday’s practice with what Carroll described as minor injury issues. Receiver Percy Harvin (hip flexor), safety Kam Chancellor (offseason ankle surgery) and defensive tackle Jesse Williams (knee) each were given a day off after practicing earlier in the week. Rookie cornerback Tharold Simon has been limited throughout preseason workouts with a foot injury that goes back to his time at LSU, and though Carroll said Simon could practice now, the team is giving him time to let the foot heal fully.
“We just want to be very cautious right now with anybody who’s got anything showing,” Carroll said.
Defensive end Cliff Avril (foot) continues to sit out offseason workouts, but should be able to do limited work in next week’s minicamp, Carroll said.
Herald Writer John Boyle: email@example.com.