Minicamp Report - Day Three

If it isn't one thing, it's another. Preoccupied with the absence of Darrell Jackson due to a "principle", the media and the fans have another problem to focus on…injuries. A player who missed much of last season went down with the same injury in today's workout and it is unknown how long he will be lost for.

The News Tribune’s Mike Sando reports that veteran wideout and standout special teams player Alex Bannister re-injured his right clavicle in Wednesday’s drills. Head coach Mike Holmgren downplayed the seriousness of the injury stating that in the worst-case scenario, Bannister would be ready to go by the end of training camp. Stay tuned to this developing story.

On the brighter side, Holmgren returned to the sidelines a day earlier than expected after missing Tuesday’s workout after experiencing “chest discomfort” on Monday afternoon and having tests done at a local hospital. On Wednesday, Holmgren quipped he had to get back so that he wouldn’t lose his parking spot to offensive coordinator Gil Haskell.

“Matt told me he was being real careful to make good decisions,” Holmgren told the Seahawks’ official website. “He said, ‘I was thinking of your health every time I threw the ball’. I said, ‘Do that all the time. Do it during the season.’”

The continuing rumors that have a supposed trade of running back Shaun Alexander to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a third-round draft pick ( first reported on the NFL Network’s Total Access news show), have been denied by the Jags. Florida Times-Union reporter Bart Hubbuch reported this response from Jags pro personnel director Charlie Bailey.

"It's a bunch of nonsense. Where do these things get started?''

Two players that have looked continually good during camp are DT Marcus Tubbs and rookie LB Lofa Tatupu. News Tribune columnist Dave Boling reported that Tubbs looks to be in much better shape than last season and is really making his presence felt along the defensive front. Tatupu came in and is playing at a very high level for a rookie and is picking up the defense quickly, but his biggest asset is his ability to lead and that has made a huge difference in the huddle.

With the continued absence of franchise RB Shaun Alexander, third-year RB Kerry Carter is seeing more time in the backfield and he told the Seahawks’ official site that this is his chance to take advantage of the practice time.

”I’ve been waiting for a chance to show what I can do and this is a great chance and opportunity for me,” Carter said. “You want to improve on all the little things. We haven’t gotten to do much pass blocking, but whether it is receiving, just running routes well, hitting the plays the way their supposed to be, (you want) to show your coach you’ve improved. They want to see improvement from camp to camp.”

Also, two lively sessions concluded with the offense working against the defense in two-minute drills in game type situations. There was no contact, but the team seemed to liven up when the gauntlet was thrown down by the coaching staff.

Finally, the Hawks have nine players who participated in NFL Europe this season, but only four are available for this week’s passing camp as the other five are involved in the NFL World Bowl, being played this weekend.

Stay tuned to Seahawks.NET for more passing camp coverage, and a exclusive preview of the World Bowl!

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.


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