The Seahawks opened a training camp Friday morning, but a few key players were on the sidelines, namely linebackers Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith and Korey Toomer, defender Eric Pinkins, attacking player Russell Okung and the security chancellor.
Both Irvin and Toomer have been added to the preseason PUP list, which differs from the regular season PUP list in that they can deviate from it and start practicing at any time. However, the reason the players are placed there is so that they can eventually move onto the regular season PUP list if their injuries don’t subside. If so, they’d miss at least the first six weeks of Seaosn.
For both, however, the decision is a precautionary measure. Seahawk trainer Pete Carroll said it would likely take Bruce all of preseason before returning to full health (off-season hip replacement), but Toomer was close to returning and was still suffering from an excruciating hamstring injury.
Eric Pinkins was put on the non-soccer injured list with a Lisfranc problem in his foot (he was in a walking shoe) and this, in all honesty, means he’s likely to stay there for the foreseeable future. Carroll said he was 4-6 weeks away from returning but for a development player like Pinkins that just buys him some time, much like Tharold Simon’s foot last year.
Russell Okung came in and went through before training but was on the sidelines during training. Carroll said the great Russ “is only a few days away from evidence. If we’re conservative, it might take him a few weeks. We’ll take our time there.”
Kam is also recovering from his off-season hip replacement and is well on his way to getting back on the field soon.
Additionally, after just a few live snaps, Michael Bowie pinched his shoulder and had to miss the rest of the workout. TNT’s Todd Dybas noted that “Greg Scruggs was also disabled and appeared to be bothered by his surgically repaired knee. He changed his knee brace a few times before he didn’t do much exercise.