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The weekend here.

Browner pleased with pay bump, wants to stay in Seattle | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner confirmed he had received a pay increase from the organization on the final year of his three-year deal with the team. “It’s a good gesture,” Browner said. “I’m a team guy. Mostly for me it’s about playing football. That’s what I want to do here, help this team be successful.”

Seahawks camp at a glance | Day 2 | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
UFC president Dana White visited the Seahawks on Friday. He stopped in the locker room and also visited coach Pete Carroll’s office. White is in town for the UFC event at KeyArena on Saturday. ... Speaking of UFC, CB Brandon Browner said he did a little mixed martial arts training in the offseason, just to mix it up.

Seahawk tackle Russell Okung’s offseason training: Spain’s running of the bulls | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wasn’t crazy about the idea when left tackle Russell Okung told him he planned to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, during the offseason.

Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate really starting to catch on
Golden Tate’s progress has been steady since being selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. But in his fourth year with the Seahawks, the talented wide receiver appears to be on the verge of a breakout season.

Seahawks CB Antoine Winfield sets sights on Vikings
Antoine Winfield insists he's not bitter about the way his nine years with the Minnesota Vikings ended.

Dispelling the Greatest Myths Surrounding NFL Training Camps | Bleacher Report
The demystification of training camp in the National Football League is currently being unveiled like never before...

Seahawks give Brandon Browner pay raise, not extension
The Seattle Seahawks aren't extending cornerback Brandon Browner's contract yet, but they did give him a pay bump in the last year of his existing deal.

Seahawks hopeful Percy Harvin won't need hip surgery
The Seattle Seahawks don't think dynamic receiver Percy Harvin needs surgery to fix his ailing hip. If surgery happens, though, coach Pete Carroll says the Seahawks would move forward as if their newest toy won't play a snap until 2014.

At Seahawks training camp, unbridled expectations come to life (with an asterisk) | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Even the news of Percy Harvin’s injury couldn’t seriously dampen the celebratory mood at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where hope is at an all-time high.

Brandon Browner on MMA, the Legion of Boom and getting a raise | - Seattle Sidelines
Brandon Browner got a raise this season from the Seahawks, though not an extension, so he's still a free agent after this year.While we don't know...

Videos — Browner, Okung, Jackson, Avril and Michael | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are a few video snippets of interviews from Seahawk practice today:

41-Day NFL Warning: The 20 Contract-Year Players With the Most at Stake in 2013 - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
20. Jairus Byrd, FS, Bills The only franchise player not to sign his tender for the season, Byrd has apparently decided not to report to Bills training camp. Typically, a franchised player would have a lot on the line, but Byrd’s far down this list because his big-money deal is more about “how much” than “if.” Byrd wants to be the highest-paid safety in the league, and it’s not a ridiculous request. No one has been a better single-high safety during the past couple seasons, and in a pass-happy world, that makes Byrd a major asset. For all the talk about the Bills trading him or Byrd sitting out a portion of the season, the likeliest outcome is him returning before Week 1, having another great year, and getting a deal near or at the top of the market.

How Russell Wilson Can Avoid a Sophomore Slump in 2013-14 | Bleacher Report
When a first-year quarterback dominates the competition during his rookie season, expectations are heightened in Year 2. Some quarterbacks fail to live up to the added pressures, while others excel and take their game to a whole new level...

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Transaction Analysis: Running Backs
Atlanta Falcons signed running back Steven Jackson to a three-year, $12 million deal I wrote about this deal right after it happened for Insider. Jackson hasn't been a statistically dominant back over the past few seasons -- his 5.3% DVOA last season was the best he's done since 2009 -- but he's also been stuck on a lot of bad teams, and was often the only guy opposing defenses keyed on stopping.

Adrian Peterson: I’m clean, but some players use HGH | ProFootballTalk
At a time when athletes who accomplish extraordinary things are instantly suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs, Adrian Peterson is coming off one of the most extraordinary seasons in NFL history, bouncing back from a major knee injury to rush for more than 2,000 yards and win the MVP.

Possible regression? | National Football Post
Two NFL teams enter the 2013 season looking to buck recent history.

Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins suspended four games for violating NFL’s PEDs policy | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"When I learned that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL policy, I was shocked and confused," Jenkins said in a statement released by the Redskins. "It’s an obscure substance that I’ve never even heard of, and I still don’t know how it got into my body. My only guess is that it came from one of the supplements I was taking around the time of the test, even though none of them listed anything banned.

Notes from Day 2 of Seahawks training camp | - Seattle Sidelines
-Jeremy Lane had one of the plays of the game, intercepting a Tarvaris Jackson pass and returning it for a touchdown. Though to be fair, Jackson might have been able to save a touchdown if not for the crowd of defensive players who were watching the play from behind him who let's just say weren't eager to get out of Jackson's way as he chased the play.

Devoted, loyal (and a hint of crazy), Seattle Seahawks fans pack camp opener | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seattle Seahawks have many challenges ahead of them this season. Support from their fans won’t be one of them.

Inflated expectations survive training bout with 1st impressions | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Training Camp Day One: Seahawks Still Undefeated. Super Bowl hopes remained alive for the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday after a two-hour workout without pads.

Can Seahawks survive a Percy Harvin injury? Sure, but … | Audibles -
After the Seahawks traded for Percy Harvin in March, Pete Carroll made sure to emphasize that Harvin would be just one piece of a talented receiving corps; that Harvin “would mix with Golden Tate and Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin”, as Carroll said during a press conference to announce Harvin’s arrival.

Strong words in support of Percy Harvin - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Sidney Rice, Harvin's teammate in Minnesota and again with Seattle, addressed that subject head on during a post-practice interview Friday. "For as long as I've been with Percy, the first two years, he is one of the hardest workers I have seen on and off the field, whether it be practice or in the game time," Rice said. "When he comes out there, he lays it all on the line. He is not a guy who sits out of practice because he has that status that he can do it. He is a guy who is going to come in and work every chance he gets to earn his just like everyone else has."

Quick practice update | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks are off the field following their second practice of training camp. The team was again in no-pads and relatively no contact.

Seahawks' Brandon Browner gets raise for 2013 -
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is entering a contract year with the Seahawks, but the team has reportedly given him an early reward in the form of a pay raise.

Time For Another Overwrought Email Chain, Featuring Richard Sherman
We have a very special set of overwrought emails today, as this particular collection of haughtily typed words features a celebrity guest: Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman! What follows is a conversation that took place on a Stanford dormitory listserv in 2007. Our tipster sets the scene:

Percy Harvin injury: 'Camp hip?' - NFC North Blog - ESPN
Thursday's news that Harvin might have a torn hip labrum and might need surgery brought a few chuckles and some questions. Robert of Minneapolis cut to the heart of it via the mailbag: "Is this typical Percy not wanting to practice and showing up on game days or is this a serious issue?"

Percy Harvin's past relevant for now - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"Harvin observers weren't at all surprised to hear that a potentially significant injury popped up out of nowhere on the first day of training camp," Seifert wrote, noting that Harvin has frequently missed practices for a variety of reasons. "It goes back to what we've always said about Harvin: Weird things always seem to happen around him."

Injury drama par for the course with Percy Harvin -
You can be concerned about Percy Harvin's inability to practice Thursday.