Injured reserves thinning.

The Seattle Seahawks defense got a shot in the arm when injured players, Chad Brown, Isaiah Kacyvenski and Ken Lucas returned to the practice field on Monday. The three, play an integral part in the Hawks defense and will be counted on this season to make huge contributions.


Brown is a former All Pro Linebacker who recovering from a broken a foot that required surgery. Brown is a pass rushing specialist who can intimidate opposing quarterbacks.

Brown took part in drills but did not participate in full contact situations.

"It's a baby step, this is a start. I didn't do any contact. I'm going to incorporate what I've learned by watching into action, and it's a little tougher than what you think it is." Brown said of his participation.


Cornerback Ken Lucas and Linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski also returned to practice after missing Saturday's 20 to 7 preseason win over the San Diego Chargers.

Lucas ranked third on the team with 82 tackles (71 solo) and tied (Shawn Springs) for the team-lead with 12 passes defensed in the 2002 season. Lucas also posted a career-high 12 tackles (seven solo) in the first game of the season at Oakland (9/8).


Kacyvenski started the first nine games before being sidelined with an ankle injury he suffered in the Arizona game (11/10) but finished the game. On 12/4   Kacyvenski was put on injured reserve after sustaining a shoulder injury that left him inactive for the last three games of the season.


 Head Coach Mike Holmgren says this summers nagging training camp injuries are normal and do not compare to last season's in season injuries;

"I wouldn't compare it to last year during the season. Those were catastrophic things for a guy to miss the whole year. This is like a training camp. Guys are not used to the pace even though they work out and you get muscle problems and other little nagging things. The difference was we got hit pretty hard on defense. Most of the injuries were on the defensive side of the ball, so we were thin for a preseason game there the other night, but we're getting some of those guys back."

Holmgren says the team is on its way to a full recovery.

"Yeah, we had three guys come back today, which is good. Little by little they'll come back, the nagging injuries, things you want to be really careful so you don't lose a guy for the regular season. We're probably on the conservative side, but it's a great opportunity for the young guys to play like they did the other night. It would sure be nice to have everybody."


For Brown, who missed a big junk of the 2002 season due to injuries the return to drills is a welcome change, "I'm the type of person that is what it is, and it is what it is. I tore a ligament in my foot and it's going to take nine months for it to heal. I don't want to fight the doctors, I don't want fight my wife. It's not her fault, not their fault, it was just one of those things that happens. If this is the worst thing that happens in my career it doesn't dampen anything that's happened. It's been a great ride. One surgery as an NFL player is not much to complain about."


Team Notes: Head Coach Mike Holmgen says the team is expecting quarterback Trent Dilfer back for the August 23rd game against Kansas City. "Kansas City game, we're looking for him, too. This afternoon he's going to try and throw and really test it for the first time. If that goes ok, then he'll be able to practice a little bit and shoot for Kansas City."

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