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Wednesday Round-Up: What we learned from Practice 12 of Training Camp

Posted Aug 13, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, August 13 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

The Band's Back Together

Tuesday's practice saw the return of center Max Unger (groin), left guard James Carpenter (calf), and left tackle Russell Okung (toe) to the team's No. 1 offensive line. The trio had missed last Thursday's preseason opener against the Broncos in Denver.

"It’s been really good, because we need to do that,” assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable said after yesterday's workout. “We need to get to playing together.”

Whether or not Unger, Carpenter, and Okung will play in Friday's exhibition against the San Diego Chargers at CenturyLink Field remains to be seen.

"We’re kind of getting there, but we want to be smart in terms of making sure Max is ready, and Russ is ready, and James is ready," said Cable. "They’re all stepping back into it, and we’ll increase those reps as we move along here."

Pete Carroll Takes #IceBucketChallenge

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll took on the ice bucket challenge on Tuesday to help raise awareness for ALS. Carroll, who was challenged by USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, called out his NFC West counterparts - the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh, Cardinals' Bruce Arians, and Rams' Jeff Fisher - to take on the task next.

In a related note, NHL player Paul Bissonnette took his ice bucket challenge to the extreme, having a helicopter dump gallons of glacier water on his head. Bissonnette dared the Cleveland Cavalier's LeBron James, Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, and Seahawks' Russell Wilson to follow suit.

WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil Visits Seahawks Camp

WWE superstar Titus O'Neil paid a visit to Seahawks camp on Tuesday, taking in the team's workouts, team meetings, and practice.

"Big thanks to Seattle SEAHAWKS head football coach Pete Carroll, the Players and Staff for Allowing me to join your Workouts,Team Meetings and even get involved a little at Practice today," O'Neil wrote on his Instagram account. "Competition is more than a Word...It's a Culture,Climate and Dynamic that very few people in this world embrace to its fullest because they don't understand all the components of competition."

Can Teams Challenge Seattle's Defensive Dominance?

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, Bucky Brooks, Dave Dameshek, Gil Brandt, Elliot Harrison, and Charley Casserly debate which team is best-equipped to challenge the Seahawks for defensive dominance in the NFL.

The Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Arizona Cardinals earn mentions from NFL.com's panel, but the former Washington Redskins general manager Casserly believes the Seahawks will continue to boast the League's most dominant D.

Casserly writes, "At this point, I don't really think anyone can topple the 'Hawks. Seattle's strength is its secondary, which remains excellent; Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are young players who can, believe it or not, continue to get better. The Seahawks' linebacker corps -- featuring guys like Bobby Wagner and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith -- is also young. Red Bryant, who was released this offseason, was an asset on the field against the run and in the locker room as a leader, but the defensive front can still rush the passer with Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Seattle's ball-control offense, meanwhile, only helps the defense.

The NFL emphasizes the pass -- and the Seahawks are built perfectly to defend the pass-oriented offenses that populate the league. Not to mention the fact that their home stadium is the toughest venue to play in for opposing offenses."

Tweet of the Day 

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who shared this photo of himself with actor/comedian Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth recaps the team's 12th and final open training camp practice, detailing standout play from the Seahawks' quarterbacks.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald highlights the maturity of fourth-year linebacker Mike Morgan, who linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. says "is having the camp of a lifetime."

Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times share three impressions each from practice 12 of training camp.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com tries to read between the lines of Pete Carroll's Tuesday press conference.

In his Tuesday's notebook, Terry Blount of ESPN.com says wide receiver Phil Bates and tight end Cooper Helfet have stood out during nearly every practice.

Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune profiles Seahawks rookie Justin Britt, whose mother says he was literally born (at 11 pounds, eight ounces) to play offensive line in the NFL.

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com comments on the team's development along the offensive line and at wide receiver.

It turns out Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor is first cousins with former Seattle Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr.

And NFL.com's Bucky Brooks ranks the NFC West the fifth-best offensive division in football.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto