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Percy Harvin, Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini, Max Unger, Red Bryant & more return to practice
Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:30 p.m. PT "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for the club's Week 11 contest with the Minnesota Vikings.
Carroll said a slew of Seahawks are set to return to the practice field today. Topping that list are wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip), left tackle Russell Okung (toe), right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), center Max Unger (concussion), and defensive end Red Bryant (concussion). Defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps), safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) and fullback Derrick Coleman (hamstring) are also back in action.
Carroll called each player's comeback a "one day at a time process," emphasizing that in order to see the field for Sunday's game with the Vikings each player must show the coaching staff they can endure the week of practice.
Below are some more news and notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:
- No further update was given on the status of cornerback Brandon Browner, other than to reiterate the seriousness of the groin injury he suffered in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. "We'll take all week to see where it fits," Carroll said.
- Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel will sit out Wednesday's practice as he nurses the hamstring injury that kept him from returning to action in Week 10 against Atlanta.
- Carroll said they're "absolutely counting on" wide receiver Percy Harvin returning kickoffs for the club this season, but noted they would not rush him into the responsibility. "He wants to get the opening kickoff the first chance he gets. ... We'll take a bit of time to make sure he's ready."
- Carroll heard back from League officials on the roughing the passer call that went against defensive end Michael Bennett during last Sunday's game against the Falcons. The NFL pointed to Bennett lunging at the legs of Ryan while wrapping up his ankles from the ground as the reason for the penalty. "They're sending the message that they just don't want us in the legs of the QB," Carroll said. "The league office recognized it was a difficult situation, not malicious."
- Carroll said rookie cornerback Tharold Simon (foot), currently on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, is set to return to practice next week.
- Carroll said defensive end Greg Scruggs (knee), also on the team's PUP list, looks to be a couple weeks away from figuring out if he can return to practice.
Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today's practice, when offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be available to the media.