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Six Injury Updates From Seahawks Minicamp

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll provides injury updates on Michael Bennett, Garry Gilliam, J'Marcus Webb, C.J. Prosise, Kenny Lawler and Paul Richardson.

Michael Bennett was present but did not participate in day one of the Seahawks' three-day mandatory minicamp. The Pro Bowl defensive end was sidelined because of an ankle he injured working out this offseason.

"I've got an ankle injury just dealing with, trying to get back healthy from working out," Bennett said Tuesday at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "Just trying to make sure I get back to being ready to go for when the season starts."

Bennett said he "should be ready" when training camp gets going this summer, noting that he's currently "in the best shape I've ever been in."

"I train harder than any guy out there," Bennett said "You put them up next to me, I don't think they can keep up with my training I do. I change every year, I just do what I can. Plus, I've got three daughters, so I always work as hard as I can for them."

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll doesn't expect Bennett's setback to be something that will affect him long-term.

"I don't think so," Carroll said. "It hasn't been something that he's had in the past, so it's not an old injury at all. It's just something that's aggravated now. It should be OK."

Here are five other injury updates that Carroll gave following day one of his team's minicamp:

Garry Gilliam

Back on May 25, left tackle Garry Gilliam had a cyst removed from his knee. Carroll said Gilliam is "almost ready" to practice and if the team was in-season Gilliam "would be getting ready to play next week."

"He did a great job. He recovered beautifully," Carroll said. "It was not a structural thing, he had a cyst they had to get out of there, so he's recovered really well from that and could jump back in. He probably could have practiced today, but we would wait another week to play him." 

J'Marcus Webb

Offseason free-agent addition J'Marcus Webb was sidelined with a pulled calf early in OTAs but saw work at right tackle on Monday, giving the Seahawks a good look at the 6-foot-7, 331-pound Webb alongside the 6-foot-5, 325-pound first-round pick Germain Ifedi at right guard. 

"It was great to get him out there," Carroll said. "We saw him last week a little bit too. This is someone we really waited for. This is a very important pick up for us. He's playing right tackle, of course we're looking at him playing next to Ifedi. You can't get any bigger than that. Both those guys are very similar athletes and I'm hoping that they'll really grow together as a really good right side of that line."

C.J. Prosise

C.J. Prosise, a third-round pick of Seattle's, has been bothered by a hip flexor injury since early in OTAs. The rookie running back "did a lot of stuff" during the first day of the team's minicamp, but Carroll called the setback "frustrating" because of the "big plans" they have for the former Notre Dame standout.

"He'll practice again tomorrow and hopefully we'll make a go of it again on Thursday," Carroll said. "We have a lot of thoughts about how we're going to do this and so he's going to be up against a short time frame. But he's a very natural football player, he's a tremendous athlete, he catches the ball well, he runs good routes, he does a lot of really cool things and we know he's an explosive runner. He's a little bit heavier, he's about 228 right now and he's got terrific speed and all, so we're really excited about it but we're going to have to have a really good camp for him."

Kenny Lawler

Wideout Kenny Lawler, selected in the seventh-round of this year's draft by the Seahawks, made plenty of impressive catches through rookie minicamp and early in OTAs. But the Cal product has been held out of recent workouts with what Carroll called a hyper-extended knee.

"Kenny hasn't got much work lately," Carroll said. "He hyper-extended his knee a little bit, so it's just kind of slowed him down. So we haven't seen too much from him but we've seen enough to know the kind of catcher he is, the kind of route-runner he is. He just needs to get in our system and be with our guys. He's going to be very competitive also."

Paul Richardson

Carroll didn't seem too concerned when asked about the status of wideout Paul Richardson, who "tightened up a little bit" during Tuesday's minicamp practice. 

"Paul's off to a great start in camp," Carroll said of the former second-round pick who missed much of last season while recovering from ACL and hamstring injuries. "Gosh, he's done really well. Obviously the hard work that he had, he had so much work on the sidelines last year. He is strong and he's really fast. We've clocked him as fast as he's ever been for us in OTAs. He's ready to compete and really help us."

Photos from the first of three mandatory Seahawks minicamp practices held at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. 

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