Mandatory minicamp got underway for the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, and head coach Pete Carroll provided some updates on a few players who were not there for health reasons.
Fifth-round rookie linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven only did walkthroughts due to sports hernia surgery that he underwent six weeks ago. Carroll added that he’s currently working on his conditioning. Also out were second-round safety Marquise Blair and sixth-round running back Travis Homer, both of whom have been dealing with hamstring strains. Seattle’s safety pairing in Blair’s absence was Tedric Thompson (FS) and Shalom Luani (SS).
As for the non-rookies, left guard Mike Iupati wasn’t in action because of a turned foot, so he was given a rest. Wide receiver Amara Darboh, who reportedly does exist and is on the Seahawks roster, is still battling a sore knee and they’re just looking to make sure he’s healthy in time for training camp.
On the topic of sports hernias, defensive tackle Jarran Reed underwent surgery for that earlier this year, and he was back in action as a full participant. It’s his first practice since Seattle’s playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Two notable Seahawks on the mend are TE Will Dissly and DE Ezekiel Ansah. Dissly had a catastrophic patellar tendon tear that was reminiscent of what happened to Jimmy Graham. Carroll’s latest update on Dissly’s progress isn’t really a major one, but a man sure can dream that Will would be available to play come Week 1.
“He’s on schedule,” Carroll said (via Seahawks.com). “We’ll get to camp and figure out what it means in camp. He’s running, catching balls and doing stuff in the workouts and all that, so he’s making good progress. We think there’s no reason for him not to be on schedule when we get back to camp, which would mean we’d not rush him, so we’ll take a few weeks in camp before we would think to cut him loose.”
As for Ansah, who reportedly could miss the start of this season due to a shoulder injury, it’s a lot more wait-and-see.
“We’re going to wait, these six weeks coming up will be crucial,” Carroll said. “We have a really specific plan set up for him. He has a little traveling he has to do to go home (to Ghana), but other than that he’ll be working with our guys throughout. Then we’ll just see when camp comes, we’ll take the camp to get it done though I’m sure. I don’t think we’ll rush him. There won’t be a need to start him up right out of the chutes, and we’ll see how he goes in the weeks to follow.”