A recap of Saturday’s practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Aaron Curry. It wasn’t so much anything the team’s first-round draft choice did on the field, but just the fact that he was on the field.
The versatile linebacker from Wake Forest signed a six-year contract this afternoon and then jogged onto to the field to join his teammates 30 minutes into practice – to a rousing ovation from the 1,500 fans on hand.
“It was very cool,” Curry said of the fan reaction. “It was cool to hear them cheer and (be) happy that I’m here. I’m just as excited to be out here. Just to see the emotions from the fans and just to get back with my team, it’s just an amazing feeling.”
Curry didn’t do a lot in his first practice. He got some reps in a one-on-one drill where the linebackers where covering a running back or tight end. He also got a few reps in full-team drills, with the No. 2 defense.
But that won’t last. Curry will be the starting strong-side linebacker – and sooner, rather than later.
It’s a matter of him making up for his lost time. He’ll do extra work with linebackers coach Zerick Rollins and also be pushed on the practice field, but not to the extreme.
“We have to get him red-lining every day, but never overheating,” is the way coach Jim Mora put it.
PLAY OF THE DAY
It was turned in by a linebacker, but not Curry. Instead, it was Lance Laury, who was playing Curry’s spot with the No. 1 defense. In that same one-on-one drill where Curry showed some rust, Laury jammed Owen Schmitt with so much forced that it staggered the 247-pound fullback and killed the play before the pass could be thrown.
Wide receiver Billy McMullen was released to clear a roster spot for Curry.
Center Chris Spencer, who twisted his left ankle Friday morning, did not practice. But he was walking with only a slight limp and could return to practice in a few days.
“We dodged a bullet there,” Mora said. “We got good news there.”
Also sitting out: tackle Walter Jones (back), cornerback Marcus Trufant (back), defensive linemen Cory Redding (soreness) and Michael Bennett (shoulder), linebackers D.D. Lewis (knee) and Will Herring (groin) and offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer.
Trufant remains on the PUP list after twisting his back while working out before camp opened.
“I can’t tell you where he is, how long it’s going to be. I just don’t know,” Mora said. “It’s a back. You don’t know. I ask him, ‘How ya doing?’ And he says, ‘I’m better.’
“He’s a real competitor and he told me today, ‘I miss being on the field with the guys.’ I think there are 79 other players that probably would like a day off to go sit in the training room and do some rehab. But he’d rather be out on the field.”
The players will practice twice on Sunday – 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Both sessions are open to the public, but sold out.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Umm. I mean a linebacker? It’s not rocket science over here. You hit the man with the ball.” – middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, when asked about Curry catching up after missing the first week of training camp