Robert Turbin #22 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for yards after the catch against Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Sunday saw the return of RB Robert Turbin to the practice field for the first time since the start of training camp. Turbin had been on the physically unable to perform list with a foot injury before passing his physical last week. However, he was still held out of practice until Sunday.
"It was great having him back. We missed him," head coach Pete Carroll said. "He’s been just chomping at the bit. He had such a good first year, and he’s a real big part of the young group on this team. So I’m excited that he was back out there and he looked good today."
Turbin said the foot injury gradually became more and more of a problem until he just didn't feel like the same player anymore.
"I couldn’t make the same cuts. I couldn’t make sharp cuts," Turbin said. "Usually, it would start to hurt over time. But over the course of a practice, it would get worse and worse. When you are out there and you feel like you can’t do what you normally do, it just affects your game."
Turbin said he fought with trainers about trying to return the practice field sooner, but said he understands their desire to be careful and make sure he's fully healthy before allowing him to return to the field. Now that he is back, he's happy to be back with his teammates.
"It was hard obviously because you want to be out there practicing and having fun with your teammates," Turbin said. "Anytime you come out here, you get an opportunity to practice. Yeah it’s hard, but at the same time, it’s a lot of fun going on too. You kind of miss that camaraderie with the guys. So if it’s anything that I miss, it’s the camaraderie."
Six players remain on the PUP and NFI lists for Seattle. WR Percy Harvin (hip), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Greg Scruggs (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot) and TE Zach Miller (foot) remain on the physically unable to perform list. LB Korey Toomer (knee) remains on the non-football injury list.
DE Cliff Avril, CB Ron Parker and TE Darren Fells remain sidelined with hamstring strains. G James Carpenter (foot), LB Bruce Irvin (groin), DT Tony McDaniel (groin), WR Bryan Walters (hamstring) and T Michael Person (groin) also remained out on Sunday.
A handful of players suffered minor injuries in the game against the Chargers and missed practice Sunday.
RB Christine Michael suffered back spasms following the game Thursday and could miss a few days. CB Byron Maxwell suffered a sprained ankle, DT Jaye Howard has a sore shoulder and LB Ty Powell has a thigh bruise. WR Perez Ashford also sat out with an undisclosed injury.
Carroll gave extended updates on several of the injured players:
- TE Zach Miller & DE Cliff Avril: "They’re doing well on the rehab. They’re running well on the ground and working out. We’re thinking that we’re going to continue to be conservative, but those guys are getting back. It might still be two weeks away before we get them back. I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of this week they’re doing more and getting closer to the practice field."
- G James Carpenter: "He’s still a couple of weeks away from being back on the field we think. His foot is improving regularly. We know how the course of it is going to go, so we’ll get him back, but it’s going to take a little while."
- RB Christine Michael: "Yeah he’s got some back spasms. He’s pretty stoved up today, so it might be a little bit before we get him back out." (Anyone know what stoved up means?)
- LB Bruce Irvin: "He looked great this morning. I watched him in his workout. He looks like he’s flying around. We’re going to be conservative, we’re going to get after this off day on Tuesday and see where he’s at then. He’s really fighting to get back out there. He looked good today so it’s close."
- DT Tony McDaniel: "He’s not quite as far long as Bruce [Irvin] is, but all of these guys are trying to get back on the practice field later this week. We’ll see what happens."
- WR Bryan Walters: "He’s got a hammy. He’s really close. I talked to him on the way out today and he’s dying to come out here. We probably will wait until after Tuesday too to make sure that once they’re back, they are really back instead of easing them back into stuff."
WR Doug Baldwin beat CB Antoine Winfield up the middle of the field for a big gain on a throw from QB Russell Wilson in the first team period. Wilson then connected with TE Luke Willson for a touchdown in the corner of the endzone.
S Jeron Johnson made an impressive interception of a QB Tarvaris Jackson pass when he came around the backside of TE Sean McGrath to jump in front of the pass to make the pick.
WR Chris Harper did a nice job of using his size to shield off CB Walter Thurmond on a back-shoulder throw from QB Brady Quinn.
Quinn connected with newcomer WR Donavon Kemp for a big gain on a corner route toward the sideline. Kemp was signed Saturday to take the roster spot of released WR Early Doucet.