Malcolm Smith back to practice for Seahawks

Malcolm Smith tracked the eyes of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and leapt into the air, snagging the football with one hand for an interception before racing 60 yards in the opposite direction for a touchdown.

RENTON, Wash. (AP)

Earl Thomas, K.J. Wright and other members of Seattle's defense chased Smith to the end zone, shouting ''MVP! MVP!''

Not a bad first full day back on the practice field for Seattle's Super Bowl MVP.

''That was a terrific play by him,'' defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. ''It's awesome to have him back out here.''

Smith has been sidelined throughout the entire offseason while recovering from ankle surgery this spring. He showed Tuesday that he's itching to get back to work with his teammates.

''You come off a pretty good game - we did some great stuff in the Super Bowl - and then (the offseason) was just a lull for me,'' Smith said. ''A lot of down time. A lot of watching and a lot of learning. Dealing with my own emotions and stuff every day. It was good to get out here today and start moving around a little bit.''

While Smith had been able to participate in walkthroughs with the team, he was held out of practice until this week. Smith was limited on Monday before taking on a larger workload Tuesday. His leaping interception was the highlight of practice for the Seahawks.

''He made a cameo appearance and showed what MVPs do,'' linebackers coach Ken Norton said. ''It was really good for him to get some work, some good positive work, and now his confidence is back where it was before and we're excited about putting good days together for him to play this week.''

Smith may not play this Friday in Seattle's third preseason game against the Chicago Bears, but he is on track to be ready by the start of the regular season.

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