Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks intercepts Kellen Clemens #10 the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Edward Jones Dome on October 28, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - Three players begin training camp on injury lists for the Seattle Seahawks.

Linebacker Bruce Irvin and linebacker Korey Toomer were placed on the physically unable to perform list. Meanwhile, cornerback Eric Pinkins was placed on the non-football injury list.

Head coach Pete Carroll said it may take most of training camp before Irvin can get back on the field, though he is making progress from offseason hip surgery.

“As always at this time we’ll really be patient,” Carroll said. “With Bruce in particular coming off the surgery—he looks fantastic, he thinks he can do everything—but we’re going to take our time. We’ll probably work it all the way through camp to see how the progress goes. We want to make sure we’re right so that once he comes back he’s good and ready to go.”

Toomer has a nagging hamstring injury that is keeping him sidelined. Carroll said it may be a couple weeks before he's ready to return.

Pinkins is dealing with a Lisfranc injury in his foot that may be the most serious injury of the group.

“He was running two days ago and running with it, but it did show up through the physicals we did," Carroll said. "It’s going to take four-to-six weeks before he gets back.”

Safety Kam Chancellor (hip), linebacker Malcolm Smith (ankle) and tackle Russell Okung (toe) all are close to returning and expected back soon.

Tackle Michael Bowie tweaked his shoulder working with the first-team offensive line today and was replaced by second-round pick Justin Britt. It's one of the few positions open to serious competition in training camp.

“The competition’s on,” Carroll said. “Michael Bowie kind of tweaked his shoulder a little bit today, so he opened up the door. Remember that Wally Pipp story, you know.”