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Percy Harvin Requires Surgery - Over the Cap
From a salary cap perspective the move is not devastating to the Seahawks. Harvin, who signed a large extension this offseason, was only going to count for $4.9 million against the salary cap this season, so Seattle had not built their financial structure strictly around him. However the injury should now make Sidney Rice, whose $9.7 million dollar cap charge could have made him expendable or at least forced into a paycut, 100% safe to play out the year at his current cap charge. The injury should also open the door for Golden Tate to see more looks in the offense.

Golden Tate on losing Harvin: We still have enough playmakers | ProFootballTalk
One of Percy Harvin's fellow Seahawks receivers says losing him for most of the season to hip surgery is not a reason to lose hope. Seattle receiver Golden Tate told Josina Anderson of ESPN that the Seahawks still have confidence in their offense, even without the player who was expected to prov...

Seahawks camp report: Stephen Williams could solve some of Pete Carroll’s sudden receiver needs | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: RENTON, Wash. – The news was not good for the Seattle Seahawks’ hypothetical receiver corps on Tuesday. On the same say that head coach Pete Carroll told the media that number-one target Sidney Rice was in Switzerland undergoing “some sort … Continue reading →

Seattle Seahawks Training Camp Notes: July 30th - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Jul 27, 2013; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Spencer Ware (44) fights for extra yards while being wrapped up by Seattle Seahawks strong sa

Videos — Schofield, Mayowa, Williams | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are a few video snippets of player interviews following Seahawk practice today:

Harvin surgery a little bit of a trip into the unknown | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“The one thing about labral tears is there haven’t been that many diagnosed in the past because now we have MRIs,” he said. “It’s just come into its own (in recent years). That’s why it’s harder for doctors to predict the outcome because it hasn’t been around as long as arthroscopy of the knee.” Long also noted that, as is the case with many surgeries, doctors may find more or different damage once they do the surgery. “The first thing is, we don’t know for sure know what he has, what structure of injury, because that’s really the key,” he said. “Something is hurting is hurting him and they probably have an MRI that shows what it is, but you can think of the surgery as the best diagnostic tool. They are going to go in there and see if it’s just a torn labrum. They will be able to look at the cartilage and all around the hip so that after the operation it will be easier to predict his return.”

O’Brien Schofield fitting in after first practice with Seahawks
Pete Carroll has had his eye on O’Brien Schofield since 2010, when the Seahawks coach was planning to draft the linebacker/rush-end.

Two-Minute Drill: Healthy Walter Thurmond pushes competition at cornerback
Catching up with cornerback Walter Thurmond on day five of Seahawks training camp

Focus on: Richard Sherman
Not the Richard Sherman who led the NFL in passes defensed and the Seahawks in interceptions while being voted All-Pro last season, but the Richard Sherman who also knows how to bust a move.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Subtleties serve Jermaine Kearse and Clinton McDonald well
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for July 30, when the Seahawks were back on the practice fields at their training camp presented by Bing.

Golden Tate: Seahawks won't weep sans Percy Harvin -
The Seattle Seahawks were dealt a blow when Percy Harvin (right) announced Tuesday he needed hip surgery. Still, Golden Tate would like to point out that Pete Carroll's offense has enough playmakers to survive.

Percy Harvin will require surgery « Seahawks Draft Blog
For the first time since the trade, I looked at the players that were available with the 25th pick this year. Maybe that was unfair. It probably was. Danny Kelly at Field Gulls is quick to remind everyone that even the biggest of 6-year contracts is a marathon not a sprint.

Harvin injury happened during offseason workouts | ProFootballTalk
Now that Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin has opted for surgery to repair the torn labrum in his hip, the question becomes when and how he got the injury. With the Texans signing safety Ed Reed despite the presence of a torn labrum in his own hip, some may wonder whether Harvin knew — and whether the Seahawks should have known — that Harvin was damaged goods.

The low down on Harvin’s decision to have hip surgery | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
By now unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve heard the news that Percy Harvin has opted to have surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his hip, as he announced on Twitter earlier today.

Seattle Seahawks Training Camp Postcard | The MMQB with Peter King
The MMQB crew has hit the road for training camps. Check out all our coverage....

O'Brien Schofield Training Camp Press Conference
Newly acquired linebacker O'Brien Schofield addresses the media following his first practice with the club.

Pete Carroll Training Camp Press Conference
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll updates the media on Percy Harvin's injury and talks about the newest addition to the roster O'Brien Schofield.

Camp Confidential: Seattle Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
This training camp marks the Seattle Seahawks' first since 2009 without some form of a starting quarterback competition. So comfortable, mature and in command is Russell Wilson this summer that you'd swear he's been the starter for a decade.

Strong talent of reserves shows depth of Seahawks’ roster | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Those who compare sports teams from different eras tend to be highly subjective and have short memories. I think I used to be offended by that, but it seems I’ve forgotten.

Rams need Janoris Jenkins to grow up on and off the field | The MMQB with Peter King
Janoris Jenkins’ rookie year was everything the Rams could have asked for. Now they’re doing what they can to keep their young star cornerback on the right track

Cian Fahey On The Balance Between Statistics & Performance In The NFL.
One. Sedrick Ellis spread his feet wide and surveyed what was in front of him. After a quick moment, he placed his left hand on the ground, looked forward and brought his feet back so that they were shoulder width apart. Ellis was staring at the guard infront of him, waiting for the play to begin. His weight was shifted forward as he expected the player across from him to come at him and try to move him off the line of scrimmage for a running play. When that guard dropped backwards at the snap, Ellis stumbled towards him. Ellis quickly regained his balance and extended his arms onto the shoulders of the player trying to stop him. In one quick movement, Ellis had control of the blocker with his arms and was pushing past his outside shoulder. Ellis came free of the guard, evaded a weak attempt to block him from a running miniature back to his outside, before sprinting to the quarterback with his arms raised.

Jenkins sits out practice | CSN Bay Area
Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins did not take part in the main portion of practice Tuesday after he was seen stretching his hamstring during individual drills.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Training camp D5: A.J. Jenkins suffers hamstring strain; WR corps thinning
Three straight padded practices have taken their toll on the 49ers already-cloudy wide receiving corps. During today's session, both A.J. Jenkins and Kassim Osgood walked over to the side field where players rehabiltate from injuries and did not rejoin the practice session.

Williams Earns Praise at 49ers Camp
Ian Williams is having no issue showcasing his all-round skills at training camp.

Kaepernick, Davis Provide Highlight TD
Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis teamed up for the play of training camp so far.

49ers camp report: Hall picks up slack at WR spot | CSN Bay Area
Three and Out: Jenkins struggling, Hall and Williams impressing.

Biggest challenges for RGIII and other second-year QBs -
Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson all impressed in 2012. What stumbling blocks might stop the quartet from repeating their outstanding rookie performances?

Wells rebounds from injury-riddled season : Sports
For Rams center Scott Wells, the 2012 season was a challenge.

Bruce Arians coy about Arizona Cardinals using option -
Bruce Arians said quarterback Carson Palmer ran the option in training camp for the sake of giving the Arizona Cardinals' defense practice. But Arians wouldn't rule out the play completely, either.

Arizona rising | National Football Post
Which NFL season win totals are the sharps backing? Which teams have experienced the biggest adjustments? Let’s take a look.

49ers' Whitner: The heck with history; we're the team to beat -
San Francisco safety Donte Whitner thinks the 49ers aren't only the team to beat in the NFC; he thinks the road to Super Bowl XLVIII goes through them, too.

Camp observations: Don't short sell the value of Dawson to 49ers -
The addition of kicker Phil Dawson was one of the most underrated additions of the offseason, but it could -- no, it should -- pay off for San Francisco.

In Boldin, 49ers might have solution to the Michael Crabtree dilemma -
With Michael Crabtree sidelined by an Achilles injury, who steps forward as Colin Kaepernick's favorite target? Anquan Boldin is making the first move.

Will the trend of a rookie coach making the playoffs continue? - NFL - Don Banks -
PHILADELPHIA -- Of the NFL's whopping seven rookie head coaches this year, none have generated the same buzz and giddy sense of anticipation being felt in Philadelphia, where the Eagles' dramatic makeover began with the hiring of Oregon's offensive innovator, Chip Kelly.

Best & Worst Contracts: St. Louis Rams - Over the Cap
A look at the best and worst contracts on the St. Louis Rams

Best & Worst Contracts: Arizona Cardinals - Over the Cap
The best and worst contracts on the arizona cardinals

Impressions from San Francisco and Oakland Training Camps: Is it Kaepernick and Pryor time?
After spending the last last three training camps at Lehigh University as a scout with the Philadelphia Eagles, I was finally welcomed into another camp as a member of the media. I visited the Raiders on Saturday and the 49ers on Sunday, and it was an eye opening experience. The two teams couldn’t have been more opposite heading into the 2013 season. The 49ers are a legitimate title contender while the Raiders may only have a legitimate shot at Teddy Bridgewaters services. Here are some of my thoughts from the weekend.

The Tape Never Lies: How Shane Vereen can fill the hole left by Aaron Hernandez | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Those were the words that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick used to identify former tight end Aaron Hernandez during his Wednesday afternoon press conference. Hernandez, an exceptionally talented player, won’t suit up in a Patriots uniform again after allegedly murdering multiple individuals. As a consequence, the Patriots have been forced to reconfigure their offense.

No-Huddle Series: LSU RB Spencer Ware | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I was a Spencer Ware fan the moment I watched him out-play his teammate Stevan Ridley as a freshman against Texas A&M in the 2010-2011 Cotton Bowl. Ridley had 105 yards and a touchdown to Ware’s 102. The future Patriot’s starter needed 24 touches. Ware did it with 10.