Training Camp: Day 12

We're almost two weeks into the Seahawks training camp and the team is under 72 hours away from their first preseason game. One player fighting for a starting spot is second-year LB Niko Koutouvides.

Koutouvides reported to the Seahawks' official website that this year things are a little bit slower for him. "It's a world of difference," Koutouvides said. "Last year, you come in here, you're trying to learn the defense and they're throwing everything at you, your head is spinning around, you're trying to make plays, you're trying to make calls especially as the MIK linebacker, you're now the leader of the defense.

"This year there's just a world of difference. I know the defense 100 times better than I did last year, but there's always things to be learned. I'm more relaxed out there. I know the guys and we're gelling together. We feel good. We're just running around trying to make plays, staying disciplined and playing good defense.

A player that was brought in to challenge Koutouvides for his starting spot is rookie Lofa Tatupu, but the youngster from Southern California has been hampered by an injury to his hamstring and he has been limited in drills. The hope is he will be practicing on a regular basis by next week.

The News Tribune's Mike Sando reports that, in addition to Tatupu, 11 other players missed practice today. Here is the list:

DT Cedric Woodard (knee), RB Maurice Morris (hamstring), RB Jesse Lumsden (hip), LB D.D. Lewis (concussion), DT Rashad Moore (shoulder), P Ryan Dutton (shin), CB Kevin House (forearm), OL Jerry Wunsch (ankle), WR Alex Bannister (collarbone), DT Ron Smith (calf) and DE Christian Mohr (leg).

Returning to the practice field was RB Shaun Alexander, LB Jamie Sharper who had missed two days following the scrimmage on Saturday and WR Marque Davis.

Keep an eye on Moor's situation, it could mean some trouble for the third year player from Tennessee. It is a chronic issue that is not improving very much.

News and Notes: The Hawks announced the signing of third-year DT Cleveland Pinkney who also had an offer from the Indianapolis Colts as well. Pinkney was released by the Carolina Panthers in late July and since then has worked out for a couple of different teams. Pinkney signed his contract this morning and was on the field practicing with the team in the afternoon.

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