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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Monday cyber surfing: Father’s Day memories, and quarterbacks

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 18:

To celebrate Father’s Day, we wondered what it was like growing up with Pete Carroll as your father. So we asked Nate Carroll, a defensive assistant on the Seahawks’ coaching staff headed by his father: “On this Father’s Day what better way to salute the father figure of the Seahawks than by taking a stroll down memory lane with the youngest of coach Pete Carroll’s three grown children. Growing up the son of a football coach also can make for some less-than-fond memories, because the occupation can easily lead to preoccupation. But that’s not how Nate remembers it ‘When he came home, it wasn’t ‘head coach dad,’ it was dad,’ said Nate Carroll, now 25 and a defensive assistant on his father’s staff. ‘He could flip the switch when he came home, which was awesome.’ For example? ‘I don’t like saying this, but as a child I used to think my dad wasn’t all that smart because he used to play dumb for me,’ Nate said. ‘I was always too smart for my own good, so I was like, ‘My dad’s just not that smart.’ But I came to realize he was just trying to relate to me as much as possible. It was awesome, and I thank him for that.’ ”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald not only looks at the Seahawks’ three-man QB competition, he warns readers of that fact: “Warning: You are about to read about the Seahawks’ quarterbacks competition. This is not the first time you have read about this topic, nor will it be the last. You will continue to read/see/hear countless stories about Seattle’s three-way QB competition between now and September. So, if you’re already tired of this quarterback talk, well, sorry. Things are only going to get worse in the coming months. Much worse.”

Here at, we also look at the continuing competition between Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson: “One by one, Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson continued to take their turns quarterbacking the No. 1 offense at the Seahawks’ just-concluded three-day minicamp. One at a time, they stepped to the podium this week for post-practice Q&A sessions, where they said all the right things but also made it clear there will be no backing down before coach Pete Carroll and his offensive staff decide just which QB will lead the team in the 2012 season. But no one has yet to take a discernible lead in this arms race. ‘I can’t tell you that there’s anything that’s happened other than to say we’ll stay with the same format going into (training) camp,’ Carroll said Thursday. ‘I don’t think that will change. T-Jack will go first and away we go. But other than that, let the games begin. We’ll be really excited to see what happens.’ ”

We’ve also got a look at how the Seahawks became the Seahawks in our “On This Date” series: “It happened in 1975, when ‘Seahawks’ was selected from 1,741 different names that were suggested by 20,365 entries. ‘It’s overwhelming, simply overwhelming,’ then-managing general partner Herman Sarkowsky said at the time. ‘We expected only about one-tenth this many entries.’ ”

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. ranks his 10 most versatile players in the NFC, and Leon Washington checks in at No. 10. It’s an Insider feature at, so requires registration and a fee, but here’s what he says about the Washington who plays in Washington: “Entering his eighth season in the NFL, Washington is still a productive player in a lot of areas for the Seahawks. He is most dangerous as a returner (as an outlet receiver, he had a modest 10 receptions), and as a backup running back, he rushed for 248 yards on 53 carries. He is a shifty guy with good open-field elusiveness and dependable hands. He will likely fill in as a third-down back and see more touches in 2012.” celebrated Father’s Day with a photo gallery of fathers and sons, including a three-generation picture of Seahawks tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., his Hall of Fame father and his son, Jalen; and a 2002 photo of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy and his daughter, Courtney.

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange is reporting that Chris Clemons has “politely declined” the Seahawks’ offer on a contract extension, which is why the defensive end was not at last week’s mandatory minicamp in an under-the-radar move for a player who has produced 11 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the team: “That might have something to do, of course, with the fact that Seahawks play in a part of the country to which many fans don’t pay much attention, and which merits only modest media scrutiny. Or it might be because Clemons, a nine-year veteran who had started only three games with three different franchises in the seven seasons before he arrived in Seattle in 2010, isn’t particularly well-known. That said, it was a fairly significant storyline, especially for a Seattle team that could quietly challenge for a title in the relatively unleavened NFC West.”

But GM John Schneider said in an interview on 950 KJR on Saturday that talks are continuing with the Clemons: ‘ “What I can share with you guys is that we’ve had dialogue with Chris and his agent,’ Schneider said. ‘It’s all been positive. You know, he elected not to come to the camp, that’s his prerogative. He’s got a year left on his contract, he’s very talented, he’s a very important part of what we’re doing. And we’ll try to do what’s in the best interest of the organization. I think the fans recognize that he’s an important part of what we do on defense, and the 12th Man has really helped his game, too, in terms of being filled out at the stadium and allowing him to jump off the ball. Obviously we’d like to extend a number of different guys. We have several unrestricted free agents coming up that we’d like to start working on and he’s a priority.’ ”

And Eric Williams at the News Tribune cites a team source as saying Clemons’ declining the offer never happened: “However, a club source close to the situation contradicted the report, saying the Seahawks have not received a formal rejection on any deal, and the two sides continue to negotiate.”

For a look at the rest of the league, including LaDainian Tomlinson signing with San Diego so he can retire a Charger, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at He’s also got more on Brian Banks, the linebacker who had a tryout last week with the Seahawks, including: “When the Chiefs worked out Brian Banks this month, they put him through a scouting combine type of workout, designed to see exactly what kind of athlete he was and potential he had. Banks measured at 6-2 ½ and 239 pounds. He ran a 4.77-second 40-yard dash. There were 33 linebackers at the Scouting Combine in February; 29 ran the 40-yard dash. Banks, who hadn’t worked out seriously before being exonerated May 24 because he never thought he’d ever have a chance to play pro football after 10 years away from the game, ran a faster 40 than eight of the 29 prospects, including running faster than five of the inside linebackers running for their NFL lives in Indianapolis.”

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