The Seahawks kicked off their three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and one of the most positive developments was the participation of defensive tackle Jarran Reed.
Reed, who had a career-best 10.5 sacks last season, had surgery for a core muscle injury in April, so while he was limited in his workload on Tuesday, any form of participation was a good sign for one of Seattle's top defensive players.
"That's the first chance he has had to get back out there," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He has been working a lot and conditioning on the side to make sure he's coming along, but just the fact he was out there was fun to see him out."
Another defensive lineman returning from injury is free-agent signing Ezekiel Ansah, and while the Pro-Bowl pass-rusher isn't practicing yet, he is making good progress in his comeback from the shoulder injury that ended his 2018 season in Detroit.
"He's a real smart guy, bright guy picking up the scheme," Carroll said. "He's in the walkthroughs and stuff, so he's able to get the huddle calls and make the calls and adjustments. He's going to be really good at that kind of stuff. What we know mostly is from watching him and playing against him the kind of competitor and the tough guy that he is and the effort guy that he is, so we're counting on all of that coming back. He's working really hard, he's doing great in his process coming back. It's just a matter of strength gaining. His shoulder is healed and all of that, so it's just making sure we don't come back too soon and ensure that his recovery is for good."
Asked about a timeline for Ansah's return, Carroll said that won't be known until training camp, but said Ansah likely won't start off participating right away when camp opens in late July.
"We're going to wait, these six weeks coming up will be crucial," Carroll said. "We have a really specific plan set up for him. He has a little traveling he has to do to go home (to Ghana), but other than that he'll be working with our guys throughout. Then we'll just see when camp comes, we'll take the camp to get it done though I'm sure. I don't think we'll rush him. There won't be a need to start him up right out of the chutes, and we'll see how he goes in the weeks to follow."
Another player likely to be brought along slowly in camp is second-year tight end Will Dissly, who is working his way back from the patellar tendon injury that ended his rookie season after four games.
"He's on schedule," Carroll said. "We'll get to camp and figure out what it means in camp. He's running, catching balls and doing stuff in the workouts and all that, so he's making good progress. We think there's no reason for him not to be on schedule when we get back to camp, which would mean we'd not rush him, so we'll take a few weeks in camp before we would think to cut him loose."
In addition to Reed, Ansah and Dissly, here are other updates Carroll gave on players who weren't practicing or were limited on Tuesday.
Safety Marquise Blair
"Marquise is still coming back from a hammy that happened about a week ago, 10 days ago. It's unfortunate too. For the young guys these practices are so important for them. We miss the opportunity to learn them, and they miss the chance to pick up on stuff and get reps and all that, so it's unfortunate. The little bit that he has had, he has looked very good, and we're disappointed we can't get him back out."
Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven
"He had athletic hernia surgery about six weeks ago. So he's back running, he did the walkthrough and stuff today. So he's back, just not quite ready to do this workload."
Guard Mike Iupati
"He got his foot turned a little bit. Just got a minor foot sprain. He'll be fine, we're resting him. He won't work tomorrow or the next day, but he's OK. It happened Thursday I think in practice, so he's a little sore."
Receiver Amara Darboh
"He's had a sore knee that kind of got activated through the work. It's a knee that bothered him a little bit last year. He didn't get injured, it's just sore enough that we want to make sure to get him through the camp and not let this be a factor going through the summer."
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks
"Mike's practicing. He hurt his pec a little bit in the weight room, so he has been sore. The last few days he's got his individual work and all the preliminary works, and we're just holding him back a little bit to make sure that goes away."
Receiver Gary Jennings
"It's really important (getting Jennings back on the field). We missed all those first few weeks. Every day is important for these young guys. Gary started out well. He's looking good, moving well, catching the ball well. He's very limited in what he has done, but just to see him in drills so we can see him move in comparison to the other guys, he's a really strong, fit, speedy guy, so it's going to be interesting to see how he fits into this whole thing. He's behind though. This has put him behind and he's going to have to catch up."
Receiver Caleb Scott
"Caleb Scott broke his foot in the offseason in his own workouts, and he had to have an operation, so he's coming back from that."
Receiver Malik Turner
"Turner had a foot problem that's been bothering him, so he's just had to wait it out."
Photos from Day 1 of the Seattle Seahawks' 2019 mandatory minicamp, part of the team's offseason workout program held on Tuesday, June 11 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.