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Tuesday in Hawkville: Anthony McCoy injures Achilles in practice

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Anthony McCoy missed the 2013 season with a torn right Achilles tendon. The fifth-year tight end injured his left Achilles during Tuesday’s training camp practice.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for July 29, when the Seahawks held the fourth practice in their Training Camp presented by Bing:

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.

YOU DON'T SAY

“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.

STAT DU JOUR: PREPARING PUNT RETURNERS

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:


Punt Returners
Player Season No. Avg.
Golden Tate 2013 51 11.5
Leon Washington 2012 41 8.7
Leon Washington 2011 41 11.3
Leon Washington 2010 22 11.3
Nate Burleson 2009 30 8.5
Justin Forsett 2008 23 9.9
Nate Burleson 2007 48 11.3

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

Run defense: On the second snap of the 9-on-7 drill, defensive lineman Michael Bennett got such a quick jump that he wrapped up running back Robert Turbin 3 yards behind the line.

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.

Run offense: Turbin got around the edge on the right side to break off a long run on the play where Wagner was injured while chasing him up the sideline.

Pass offense: Terrelle Pryor stepped up in the pocket and fired a touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson, who had gotten behind cornerback Tharold Simon.

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.