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Tuesday in Hawkville: Zach Miller takes first step toward returning
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 20, when the Seahawks began practicing for Friday night’s third preseason game against the Packers in Green Bay:
WORD OF THE DAY: ZACH
As in Miller. As in the Seahawks’ starting tight end practiced for the first time this summer after beginning training camp on the physically unable to perform list because of a foot injury.
Miller was limited to individual drills, but it was a needed first step in getting a player the Seahawks need back into the flow. Coach Pete Carroll already had said that Miller will not play against the Packers, and today added that the goal is having the veteran tight end ready for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Panthers in Carolina.
“We’re going to be very careful,” Carroll said. “We’ll just go one day at a time and see how he responds.”
Miller said he’d like to play in a preseason game, but quickly added, “If I don’t, it’s not the end of the world. But it would be nice.”
Miller was out of this world in the last game he played, catching eight passes for a career-high 142 yards and a touchdown in the divisional-round playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January. He was hoping to improve on his rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson during training camp, but his foot injury would not allow it.
“The way last year finished, I really wanted to have a lot of camp time with him,” Miller said. “It sucks I had to miss this time, but I’ll have to get caught up with him and get on the same page because I want that relationship to keep developing.”
INJURY REPORT: BRUCE IRVIN RETURNS TO PRACTICE
In addition to Miller, defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin and cornerback Ron Parker also returned to practice. Like Miller, they were limited to individual drills.
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“I think it’s funny that almost a year later people are still talking about it.”
Golden Tate, whose final-play touchdown catch in the end zone that gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Packers in Week 3 last season has not been forgotten in the Green Bay
“All those guys who came back today, we didn’t shove anybody into full-go workload,” Carroll said. “We want to see how they respond and see if we can get them one day closer to game time.”
Defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel, who were limited when they returned to practice last week, participated in team drills today.
Wide receiver/fullback Phil Bates practiced, despite leaving the locker room after Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Denver Broncos with his left foot in a protective boot.
Defensive lineman Dewayne Cherrington, who was signed Monday, did practice.
ROOKIE WATCH: CHRISTINE MICHAEL AND SPENCER WARE
The Seahawks already had All-Pro and leading rusher Marshawn Lynch, backup Robert Turbin and Robinson, a Pro Bowl-caliber fullback. But they selected Michael in the second round of April’s NFL Draft and then added Ware in the sixth round
Why? Well, after two preseason games the rookies are leading the team in rushing – and doing it with eerily similar statistics. Michael has 89 yards on 16 carries for a 5.6-yard average and a long run of 24 yards – all in the opener against the Chargers. Ware has 86 yards on 16 carries for a 5.4-yard average and a long run of 20 yards – with 54 of the yards and nine of the carries coming Saturday night against the Broncos.
The players will practice on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The team leaves for Wisconsin after Thursday’s practice.
The 90-man roster must be trimmed to 75 players before Tuesday, with the roster cut to 53 players on Aug. 31.