By John Boyle
The Seahawks were on the field practicing for the final time before next week’s minicamp, and back with the team was Marshawn Lynch, who was not practicing Monday, which was the last time media was allowed to attend.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn’t seem too worried about Lynch’s spotty attendance record during these optional workouts.
“We know what Marshawn can do as long as he’s in good shape, and he’s in fantastic shape,” Carroll said. “He’s hard as a rock and he’s worked really hard to this point, so it’s really just taking the next step, the next step, get him through minicamps then get him to the summer… There is so much wear on the tire 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.”
Not present this week was right tackle Breno Giacomini, who was in New York having a sore knee checked out.
“Breno went back to New York to get some tests done on a knee that’s been bothering him a little bit, and he’s coming back no surgery required or anything,” 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. That was a very positive thing for us.”
With Giacomini out all week, that meant first-team reps for rookie Michael Bowie.
Another player who has been away during OTAs is defensive end Chris Clemons, who is rehabbing his surgically repaired knee. Carroll said Clemons will be on hand for next week’s minicamp though he will not participate in any workouts.
Asked if Clemons has a chance to be back for the start of the season, Carroll said, “He does have a shot to be ready. According to the doctors, he’s got a chance. 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 is also coming back from a knee injury, and could be back for the start of training camp.
“That’s a real shot,” Carroll said. “Carp has done well. I think by that time that’s not too much to ask at all for Carp. 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.”
Receiver Percy Harvin was held out with what Carroll called, “a little bit of a hip flexor thing that’s been bothering him.” Kam Chancellor sat out to rest his surgically repaired ankles, and rookie DT Jesse Williams, who is coming off of knee surgery, was also given a day off.
“We just want to be very caution right now with anybody who’s got anything showing,” Carroll said.
DE Cliff Avril (foot), should “Be ready to do some stuff,” by next week’s minicamp, Carroll said.
“He’s running now. I don’t think we’ll put him in kind of the competitive situations, but he’ll get some early work in practice.”
Rookie cornerback Tharold Simon is battling an old foot injury, Carroll said, which is why he was held out this week.
“He came in with an old foot injury that he played with all last year,” Carroll said. “It’s kind of a stress-fracture-looking thing, but it isn’t that yet, so we just don’t’ want it to progress… He could go full speed, but his foot’s still bothering him.”
On the non-injury front, Carroll praised several players for their work this week, including TE Sean McGrath and T Mike Person. He also said second-year LB Korey Toomer, “probably has improved more than anybody.”