Speaking with reporters on the first day of the team’s annual mandatory minicamp, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll provided updates on several players working their way back from offseason surgeries and other injuries.
Most notably, defensive tackle Jarran Reed returned to action in limited fashion and partook in positional drills on Tuesday. The fourth-year defender underwent offseason sports hernia surgery in late April and didn’t participate in OTA sessions over the past few weeks.
“That’s the first chance he’s had to get back out there.” Carroll said. “He’s been working a lot and conditioning on the side to make sure he’s coming along, but just the fact he was out there, it was fun to see him out.”
Along with Reed, here’s a look at where Seattle’s injury situation currently stands according to Carroll.
· Rookie safety Marquise Blair and running back Travis Homer remain sidelined indefinitely with hamstring injuries. While Blair didn’t participate at all on Tuesday, Carroll indicated Homer got “a little bit of running in” during the first minicamp practice and appears to be closer to returning. Rookie linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven, who underwent athletic hernia surgery six weeks ago, has ramped up his activity and should be back up to full speed for training camp.
· Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah continues to make progress in his recovery from an offseason operation, but Carroll again emphasized Seattle won’t be rushing him back into action too soon as he continues to strengthen his surgically-repaired shoulder. While he’ll remain mostly a spectator during minicamp and absorb information during walkthroughs, the organization has a “specific” plan in place for him for the next six weeks and will evaluate him throughout training camp before making a decision to cut him loose.
· The Seahawks aren’t sure about when Ansah will be able to suit up, but in regard to injured tight end Will Dissly, Carroll said there’s “no reason for him not to be on schedule” when the team returns for training camp. Coming back from a torn patellar tendon, Dissly has been running and catching passes on the field, an encouraging sign as he works back from a challenging injury. As is the case with Ansah, Seattle doesn’t intend to rush him back, but Carroll sounded optimistic he could be full-go a few weeks into training camp.
· Veteran guard Mike Iupati suffered what Carroll characterized as a “minor” foot sprain during last Thursday’s practice and will be held out of practice this week for precautionary measures. Rookie Phil Haynes is expected to take most of the snaps with the first team in his absence.
· Dealing with a sore knee that bothered him at times last season, receiver Amara Darboh is also being held out this week. The Seahawks hope to avoid this being “a factor going through the summer,” and given how well Darboh has reportedly looked this offseason thus far, they’d like him to be at 100 percent when camp opens on July 25.
· While Carroll admitted he’s behind and will “have to play catchup” after missing several weeks with a hamstring injury, rookie receiver Gary Jennings finally took part in drill work for the first time on Tuesday. The fourth-round pick out of West Virginia is expected to compete for snaps both on the outside and in the slot and these three minicamp days may be more important to him than any of Seattle’s other rookies given the substantial time he’s already missed.
· When asked about injuries to receivers Caleb Scott and Malik Turner, Carroll stated Scott suffered a broken foot during offseason training and he’s “coming back from that.” As for Turner, the second-year receiver out of Illinois has been dealing with a foot issue that has left him sidelined. Carroll didn’t elaborate on whether either player would be in jeopardy of not being ready for the start of camp.