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Tuesday in Hawkville: Anthony McCoy injures Achilles in practice
The Seahawks have traveled to San Diego to take on the Chargers in their third preseason game of the year, a game that will see the starters get the most playing time of the preseason.
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It was family day here at the VMAC as the Seahawks had their last practice of the week before heading to San Diego tomorrow for a preaseon matchup against the Chargers on Saturday.
"Turnover Thursday" was the motto for Wednesdays practice of preseason week 3 in preparation for the San Diego Chargers.
WORD OF THE DAY: ACHILLES
Anthony McCoy missed the Seahawks’ Super Bowl-winning 2013 season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. In Tuesday’s practice, the fifth-year tight end injured his left Achilles.
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“Oh gosh, he’s making enormous progress. Today, his matchups were all with Cliff Avril. We’re making it as hard on him as we can.”
– coach Pete Carroll on rookie right tackle Justin Britt, who continues to work with the No. 1 line.
“The early indication is he hurt his other Achilles,” coach Pete Carroll said after the practice that was televised live by ESPN. “If it is what they think it is it’s just a real heartbreaker. He’s worked so hard to get back.”
McCoy went down during a passing play in the full-team portion of practice, and his body language provided a portent of what might have happened as he stayed down for some time.
“If it was the same Achilles, you might understand it,” Carroll said. “But we think it’s the other one. We’ll see what happens.”
Asked if the injury is serious if it turns out to what the trainers initially thought, Carroll offered, “Yes it is.”
McCoy was expected to join starter Zach Miller and incumbent backup Luke Willson to provide the Seahawks with three versatile, productive options at the position. The other tight ends on the roster are inexperienced – Cooper Helfet, RaShaun Allen and Morrell Presley.
In other injury news, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (tight hamstring) and left guard James Carpenter (tight calf) started practice but did not finish. But neither injury is considered serious, Carroll indicated.
ROSTER ADDITION: ERIC WINSTON
Veteran offensive lineman and NFLPA president Eric Winston was one of three players signed by the Seahawks prior to Tuesday’s practice, along with cornerback Terrell Thomas and wide receiver Randall Carroll.
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The competition to replace the departed Golden Tate as the Seahawks’ punt returner remains “pretty wide open,” coach Pete Carroll said. Earl Thomas continues to be at the front of the line, which also includes Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman. “This will be a really fun competition for us to watch. I don’t know how it’s going to settle,” Carroll said. Here’s a look at how the team’s punt returners have done in recent seasons:
Winston started 16 games for the Arizona Cardinals last season after playing for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 and the previous six seasons with the Houston Texans. He has started 119 consecutive games, but Tuesday was working at right tackle with the No. 2 line.
“I just got a phone call a few days ago, it put the wheels in motion and things worked out,” Winston said. “I’ve been searching for the right situation and I wanted to go somewhere where you can win. When they called, I know they’re capable of winning here and winning big.”
Winston was added to provide some veteran competition for the starting tackle spot on the right side, where rookie Justin Britt has been working with the No. 1 line because Michael Bowie is out with a sore shoulder.
“It just indicated that we’d like to have another guy competing for the spot,” Carroll said when asked about the signing of Winston. “Eric has done a lot of playing in his time. So we’ll see how that works out.”
To clear spots on the 90-man roster for the just-signed trio, wide receiver Taylor Price was placed on the reserve/injured list and cornerback Chandler Fenner and guard Bronson Irwin were waived.
PLAYS OF THE DAY
Pass defense: This normally goes to a defensive back for making an interception or breaking up a pass. But in this practice, Leo ends Cliff Avril and Cassius Marsh had “sacks,” as did strong safety Jeron Johnson. Defenders aren’t allowed to touch the red-jerseyed quarterbacks, but Carroll whistles the play dead when he deems the QB would have been sacked.
UP NEXT: ANOTHER OPEN PRACTICE
The players will be on the practice fields along the shores of Lake Washington for a Wednesday morning practice, the fifth of 12 sold-out sessions that are open to the public. Those attending Saturday afternoon’s practice are in for a treat, as the Seahawks will have a mock game.
Tuesday’s practice attracted a crowd of 2,540 fans.