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With the Seahawks final preseason game on Thursday night, the team combined Competition Wednesday and Turnover Thursday into one day, hopefully preparing themselves for later in the year when they play on Thursday night in the regular season.
Due to the shortened week, the team doubled up on a Tuesday practice of preseason week four with the themes of "Competition Wednesday" and "Turnover Thursday".
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A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for July 31, when the Seahawks held the sixth practice in their Training Camp presented by Bing to an audience of 2,645 fans:
MARSHAWN LYNCH IN THE HOUSE
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is officially in the building.
The team's leading rusher the past four seasons returned to team headquarters this afternoon, just hours after the club had wrapped their day on the field. Lynch, who was spotted by FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo, was absent for the first week of camp.
Defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a knee injury, left Wednesday's practice on a cart. He was absent from today's session and Carroll hinted at a potential surgery for the team's 2013 fifth-round draft pick.
"He's got knee issues," Carroll said. "I don't know all of the details right now, but he's got a serious situation we've got to take care of."
Rookie wide receivers Kevin Norwood (foot) and Paul Richardson (shoulder) sat out today's session. Carroll called Norwood "day to day" and noted Richardson should be back in "a day or so."
Rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh (groin) was held out and Carroll said they'll evaluate his return on Saturday.
PHIL BATES STEPS UP
With rookie wideouts Richardson and Norwood on the mend, and with veterans Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin getting the day off to rest, it was Phil Bates who was taking advantage of the opportunity.
Quarterback Russell Wilson took notice of Bates' solid play as well. Wilson said he called out the third-year pass catcher as a player who would come into training camp and prove himself at the position - much like Jermaine Kearse did a season ago.
"He's got great speed, huge hands," Wilson said. "He's got paws. I mean, I've got huge hands, he's got really big hands, as well. He just catches the ball extremely well, he works extremely hard. He loves the game. He's one of the first guys [in], he's one of the last guys to leave. He's dedicated to his craft."
|YOU DON'T SAY|
“I remember watching him play when I was younger, unfortunately you don't really remember linemen's names. But when you come across one like Walter Jones you always remember. He was a guy that was a game-changer at the offensive line position.”
– Quarterback Russell Wilson, on former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones' Saturday induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
"He's one of the guys that puts his best foot forward every day in the training room, every day in the offseason here, and it's unfortunate," said Wilson. "Sometimes you wonder why it happens to a guy, but at the end of the day hopefully we can encourage him and not discourage him. Hopefully we can always be there for him to lift him up to let him know we'll do whatever it takes to help him get back to playing football again."
The Seahawks still have four tight ends on their active roster. Incumbent starter Zach Miller and backup Luke Willson are joined by Cooper Helfet and RaShaun Allen. Carroll called out the fellow Redwood High School alum Helfet when asked which player would look to step up in McCoy's absence.
"He's done everything we've asked him for a couple years around here," Carroll said of the third-year tight end Helfet. "He's been a terrific guy working his way through it. He's been better every season he's been with us. He's stronger and faster. He knows everything. He's a special teams guy for us as well. He's got great hands. So this is a tremendous opportunity for him."
In McCoy's place, wide receiver Ronald Johnson was signed to fill out the team's 90-man roster.
MILITARY FLY OVER
In an event sponsored by USAA - the Official Military Appreciation sponsor of the Seahawks and the NFL - 80 members of the U.S. Marines were hosted on the patio during today's practice. Five military helicopters performed a fly over to cap the day's events, with several marines fast-roping out of the air and into Lake Washington, swimming ashore to greet Seahawks players, coaches, and fans.
"That was pretty awesome the Marines came out today," said Wilson. "It was pretty special to see those guys fly in."
UP NEXT: AUGUST, AND THEN A MOCK GAME
The Seahawks turn the page on July and kick off the month of August with the seventh of 12 open training camp practices tomorrow at VMAC. Friday's practice marks the final workout before the team's "Mock Game," which is set for 1 p.m. PT on Saturday.
"We're right in the midst of camp," said Carroll. "Everything is going good. We're leading up to a big day on Saturday - we have a mock game on Saturday to get us ready for game week coming up."
One week from today the Seahawks begin preseason play at the home of the Denver Broncos, a rematch of February's Super Bowl that saw Seattle take home its first Lombardi Trophy.