Friday in Hawkville: Surgical procedure expected for Moffitt

A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 10:


John Moffitt. The Seahawks’ second-year right guard is expected to miss two to three weeks after having a likely surgical procedure on his left elbow.

Pete Carroll made the announcement after today’s walkthrough, the team’s final on-field session before Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans at CenturyLink Field. Veteran guard Deuce Lutui, who was signed in free agency this offseason, will start for Moffitt.

“John’s elbow is bothering him,” Carroll said. “He is going to probably have surgery on his elbow here. He’s got a couple loose bodies or something hanging under there that’s causing him some pain. It wasn’t really an injury; it’s just kind of a situation over time.

“It showed up this week, so we’re going to likely get him worked on and fixed as fast as possible. It looks like a two or three week turnaround, so we want to get that done immediately.”

Moffitt left practice on Thursday because of pain in the elbow and watched today’s walkthrough with his left arm in a sling.

What has Carroll seem from Lutui in the first 12 days of camp practices?

“He’s huge,” Carroll said of the 6-foot-4, 338-pound Lutui, who played for Carroll at USC and then spent his first six NFL seasons with the Cardinals. “He’s experienced. He’s a tough guy. He’s picking things up – a little different style of offense in the running game than he’s been accustomed to. But I’m anxious to see how he does.

“His attitude that he brings and his experience would really be nice to have on our line. We’ll see how it works out. This is a wide-open competition.”

Carroll said rookies J.R. Sweezy and Rishaw Johnson also would rotate through at right guard against the Titans.


Bruce Irvin. The first-round draft choice moves fast even in a walkthrough. On several snaps during today’s session where the players did not wear helmets or pads, Irvin would take three strides to every one for many of the other players.

“He’s cranked up,” Carroll said. “He’s really ready to show that he will represent the No. 1 pick. It’s important to him and he’s been perfect through the whole process.”

Irvin’s first snaps against the Titans will come opposite Leo end Chris Clemons in the nickel defense, before Irvin takes over for Clemons at the hybrid position with the No. 2 unit.

To say Irvin is revved up for his first exposure to the 12th Man crowd at CenturyLink Field is an understatement.

“Ahhh man, I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” Irvin said. “I just want to go out there and have fun and hopefully do what they brought me in here to do. So we’ll see.”

Irvin is here because he can rush the passer – and do it in a blur. Last season, the Seahawks had 33 sacks and 11 came from Clemons.


It was a walkthrough, after all, so let’s go with the Carroll Connection. The Carroll Connection? Pete lofting a pass over a couple of defenders to Nate, his son, in the back corner of the end zone. The Pete-to-Nate score came during the individual drills.


In addition to Moffitt, Carroll said four wide receivers will not play against the Titans – Doug Baldwin, last year’s leading receiver; just-signed Terrell Owens; on-the-mend Sidney Rice; and Ricardo Lockette. Veteran linebacker Barrett Ruud did not participate in the walkthrough and Carroll said he is uncertain whether Ruud will play.

In addition to Baldwin, Lockette and Ruud, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebackers Allen Bradford and Matt McCoy did not participate in the walkthrough. Cornerback Brandon Browner and tight end Cameron Morrah were back after sitting out Thursday.


Saturday night’s game will be televised by KCPQ/13, with Curt Menefee handling the play-by-play and Warren Moon the analysis. The game also will be broadcast on 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM, with Steve Thomas subbing for Steve Raible on the play-by-play and Dave Wyman stepping in for Moon as the analyst.


After the preseason opener on Saturday night, the players will get their third off day of camp on Sunday.

Only two more training camp practices are open to the public – Tuesday and Wednesday. You can register here to attend. Camp breaks after practice on Thursday.


“Swag. That’s the proper terminology for it. Guys are just having fun, playing to each other’s level. You don’t want to let the next guy besides you down. I think that’s one of the main things you need when you want to be a successful defense. I think we have a lot of that.” – Irvin, on the swagger being displayed by the Seahawks defense that ranked in the Top 10 in the NFL last season in average points and yards allowed

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