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Pete Carroll said Ziggy Ansah, who has been working his way back from shoulder surgery, suffered a minor groin pull during a workout within the past week. "It's going to take him a bit," Carroll said. "It's not a major injury at all. We're really thrilled. His strength is back. He's made it back to full strength in terms of his rehab for his shoulder. We're just waiting on his groin right now." Mike Iupati, who has been out with a foot injury, re-injured his calf during a recent workout. There's no ETA on when either will be back. Ethan Pocic has been at left guard for Iupati.

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Bobby Wagner said "everything went perfect" with the knee procedure he had earlier this month. Wagner was back at practice Friday for the first time since Seattle's Aug. 3 scrimmage, though he didn't take part in any team drills. "I heal pretty fast," Wagner said. No word on whether he'll play Sunday at Minnesota as Pete Carroll would not divulge who will and won't be available for Seattle's second preseason game. Also returning to practice Friday were Geno Smith and Jacob Hollister. Smith had surgery seven days ago to remove a cyst in his knee while Hollister has been out with a groin injury.

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Bobby Wagner is back in pads and practicing for the first time since the Seahawks' Aug. 3 scrimmage. He had an unspecified procedure that has kept him out since then.

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Something to keep in mind when projecting which players might end up on the Seahawks' 53-man roster: Seattle has made at least one trade between mid-August and the start of the regular season every year since Pete Carroll and John Schneider arrived in 2010. That includes six trades in that time frame in 2017 and three in 2018. Also, the Seahawks are projected to have 10 draft picks next year. All of that means it wouldn't be at all surprising if they made a trade before cut-down day to help the depth along their defensive line or another iffy position group.

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Maybe some bias as they're both linebackers, but K.J. Wright had an interesting answer when asked which player, regardless of position, has impressed him most in Seahawks training camp: Austin Calitro, a 2017 UDFA who is in his second season with Seattle. Wright noted Calitro's coverage and tackling and how he's been playing in the middle (in Bobby Wagner's absence) and on the weak side. "Calitro is looking outstanding to me," he said.

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Veteran defensive back DeShawn Shead has made the battle for roster spots at safety even more crowded. During a team period on Thursday, he shot into the flat on a swing pass to Malik Turner for what would have been a big hit had this been a full-contact setting. He had a safety and four tackles in the Seahawks' preseason opener. Pete Carroll remarked after Seattle brought Shead back early in training camp that the 30-year-old "looked as good as he's ever looked" during a workout a few days before. So it seems Shead is doing one of the things he'll have to do in order to make the team: convince the organization that he has enough left physically after a few injury-marred seasons to warrant keeping over a younger player with more long-term upside. Shead signed a one-year, minimum-salary-benefit deal that includes no guaranteed money.

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What you need to know about Tuesday's Seahawks practice: 1) Another good day for Cassius Marsh in one-on-ones. He blew by Marcus Martin on consecutive reps, first outside then inside. This was a favorable matchup for Marsh against Martin, a backup who is listed as a 320-pound guard but was playing tackle here. But that is two straight days with decisive wins for Marsh following a bull-rush against Germain Ifedi on Monday. Ifedi had a good day Tuesday, getting the better of Jacob Martin and Barkevious Mingo. Pete Carroll has said Jacob Martin (listed at 242) bulked up a bit this offseason after struggling to maintain enough weight as a rookie. But he still looks like a pass-rusher who is going to win with speed and not power; 2) Practice ended with Rashaad Penny, split out wide, catching a touchdown on a quick throw from Russell Wilson against an all-out blitz. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said he wants Chris Carson to get around 50 targets in 2019 after getting only 23 last year. But it seems apparent from practice that the desire is to get the running backs -- not just Carson -- more involved in the passing game than they were last year, when that group had the second-fewest targets (84) of any NFL backfield; 3) On the subject of pass-catching backs, C.J. Prosise (hip), J.D. McKissic (foot) and rookie Travis Homer (quad) all remained out of practice. Shaquem Griffin (knee) was back after missing a couple days. George Fant has been walking around without a boot on his sprained right ankle the past two days, which is a good sign; 4) Tuesday was the final practice of training camp as the team will break camp on the off day Wednesday. What that means: all non-rookies will no longer have to stay in the team hotel and practices will no longer be open to the public (save for the season-ticket-holder day on Thursday).

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One area where the Seahawks' offense may be noticeably different in Brian Schottenheimer's second season as coordinator: more of Chris Carson in the passing game. Carson's 23 targets last year were tied for 56th among running backs, per ESPN charting. Of the eight other running backs who topped 1,000 yards rushing in 2018, six had at least 48 targets. Schottenheimer said he wants Carson to have somewhere around 50 targets.

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ciara, are among 11 new families to join the Seattle Sounders' ownership group, the club announced on Tuesday.

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Notes and observations from Monday's Seahawks practice: 1) Rookie receiver Gary Jennings showed the best glimpse yet of why Seattle drafted him in the fourth round. Jennings, supposedly the fastest player timed at this year's Senior Bowl based on GPS data, had at least two long receptions, including a one-hander. Jennings missed much of the offseason program with a hamstring injury and until now had been unremarkable to the point that you'd have to wonder about his chances of making the team if he were drafted any later than he was. "I think Gary had a great day today," Russell Wilson said. "That was his best day yet. He really needed it, I think, just to be honest with you. Just to make some plays, get the ball in his hands … The ball hasn't gone his way much for whatever reason, but he made a lot great plays today." 2) Another player who had his best practice yet: Paxton Lynch. Former NFL quarterback Brock Huard was impressed with three touchdown throws Lynch made during the red-zone period and how he followed that up in seven-on-seven. That included a corner route to Jennings for one of his long receptions. He hooked up with DK Metcalf on a deep fade later in practice. Lynch threw one ball in the dirt while on the move, something he's consistently struggled with, but it's safe to say he's made up ground on Geno Smith in the backup quarterback battle; 3) The pads were back on Monday, which meant the return of the one-on-one pass-rush drill. Cassius Marsh (with a bull-rush against Germain Ifedi) and Branden Jackson (speed move against D.J.Fluker) had two decisive wins early. The offense fared much better after that, with Justin Britt winning twice over Poona Ford and Duane Brown winning twice over Barkevious Mingo. The Seahawks badly need Mingo to provide some pass-rush production as he moves from strong-side linebacker to defensive end, and Mingo -- who has a $5.2 million cap charge and no guaranteed salary -- may need to convince the ream he can do that in order to secure his spot on the roster.

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Yes, Russell Wilson doles out praise liberally. But it's evident that he's high on DK Metcalf based on how often he looks Metcalf's way in practice and what he says about him afterward. "I think he's going to be really special for us," Wilson said today. He pointed to Metcalf's work ethic as a sign of how well the rookie second-round pick has handled all the attention that's been on him, noting their 5:45 a.m. workouts together earlier in the summer.

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Pete Carroll said the Seahawks have had their eye on J.T. Barrett for a while and were looking for an opportunity to give him a shot. They got one when Geno Smith needed surgery to remove a cyst in his knee, which left them with only one healthy backup (Paxton Lynch) behind Russell Wilson. Barrett was signed Saturday and did not take part in team drills Sunday. Said Carroll: "Right now not knowing what's going to happen with Geno for this week, we needed insurance going through the week, (for one thing), and into the game as well. So we'll see what happens. But he's played in the big time, he's a leader, he's real smart, he's got a strong enough arm. I just like kind of the guy that he is. He's a QB. So he'll jump in here and see what he can do. We'll check him out." Barrett went undrafted in 2018 out of Ohio State, where we was a three-time captain.

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In addition to Bradley McDougald's partner at safety, the other undetermined role in the Seahawks' secondary is nickelback. Kalan Reed, Akeem King, Jamar Taylor and rookie fourth-round pick Ugo Amadi are the four options. Pete Carroll said Reed has earned the right to work with the No. 1 defense this week but that the job is "up for grabs and those guys will be rotating evenly throughout." Interestingly, Carroll implied that Seattle could end up using more than one nickelback based on matchups and the style of slot receiver Seattle is facing in a given week. One potential example that comes to mind: a bigger defender like King (6-1) might be a better option than Amadi (5-9) against someone like Larry Fitzgerald, who frequently lines up in the slot.

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Something to keep in mind while evaluating the quarterback play in the Seahawks' preseason opener was that Geno Smith (3 of 9, 58 yards) played against several Broncos starters in the first half before giving way to Paxton Lynch (11 of 15, 109 yards, pass TD, rush TD) after halftime. That was the first thing Pete Carroll mentioned when asked how Smith and Lynch looked upon a review of the film. "Geno went against their best guys and he had a couple edge rushers that are pretty noted, so he dealt with a little more pressure," Carroll said in reference to Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, who each played 10 defensive snaps. "Paxton, on the other side of it, just really flowed well in the game. He made good decisions. He pulled the ball down and ran a couple times really well. He showed his movement for a 6-7 guy. It's unique. It's what made him a first-rounder. He made some great throws also. He had a really good first game. I was really fired up for him. That's the best he's looked." Carroll didn't rule out Smith playing next Sunday at Minnesota but said that would probably be pushing it. Smith had surgery Friday to remove a cyst in his knee. He's walking on his own power and watched Sunday's practice with a sleeve on his left leg. Whether or not Smith plays next week, it would make sense to get Lynch some work against starters at some point in the preseason.

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Pete Carroll said tackle George Fant is expected to miss a few weeks with a second-degree ankle sprain after going down in Thursday night's preseason opener. The team is hoping he'll be back before the Sept. 8 regular-season opener. Fant was walking with his right foot in a boot Sunday. No team work Sunday for linebacker Shaquem Griffin (knee bruise), guard Mike Iupati (foot), tight end Jacob Hollister (groin), receiver Amara Darboh or running backs C.J. Prosise (hip), J.D. McKissic (foot) or Travis Homer (quad). Carroll said McKissic is day to day and Iupati needs another week or so before returning to practice. Hollister has a chance to play in next Sunday's preseason game at Minnesota, Carroll said.

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With Geno Smith sidelined after surgery on Friday to remove a cyst in his knee, the Seahawks have signed former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, the team announced. It sounds as though Smith will only miss a week or so -- five to 10 days was the timetable Pete Carroll gave -- but it was only Smith and Paxton Lynch behind Russell Wilson on Seattle's 90-man roster, so the Seahawks were expected to add another quarterback. Barrett went undrafted in 2018 and spent most of his rookie season on the Saints' practice squad. They waived him earlier this month. Seattle also signed UDFA linebacker Juwon Young and waived two players: linebacker Chris Worley and safety Marwin Evans.

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DeShawn Shead's third-quarter safety came on a blitz, something defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. dialed up a few times for the Seahawks' defensive backs in their preseason opener. Ugo Amadi had one as did Akeem King, whose hit on Drew Lock led to an interception for Jamar Taylor. "I thought Kenny called a really nice game for the opener to give our guys a chance," Pete Carroll said. "We want to see our guys and see who the blitzers are. We're trying to figure that out, so he gave them a lot of shots and it was good. We sent a little bit of everyone tonight." Carroll's defense has never been big on blitzing -- the Seahawks have been 20th or lower in blitz rate over the past seven seasons -- but it's something they may need to do more of this year if they struggle to generate pressure with their front four and have to manufacture a pass-rush.

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The Seahawks are counting on Jacob Martin and Barkevious Mingo to provide much-needed pass-rush -- their biggest question mark with Frank Clark gone, Jarran Reed suspended for six games and Ezekiel Ansah coming off shoulder surgery. The preseason debuts for Martin and Mingo were encouraging in that regard. Each had a sack and two QB hits. Mingo played well into the fourth quarter, which is not all that common for a seventh-year veteran. But it's understandable that Seattle wants to get him as much work as possible as he transitions from strong-side linebacker, where he started last year, to edge rusher. "I thought that Jacob Martin gave really good heat on his side, and Mingo at times, too," Carroll said. "I thought that the edge guys were effective." Quinton Jefferson and Cassius Marsh were Seattle's starting defensive ends.

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Safety Marquise Blair was known as a thumper at Utah, but the rookie second-round pick hadn't had a chance to show his physicality with contact not allowed during the offseason program and with the Seahawks almost never tackling in practice. He lived up to his reputation in the team's preseason opener with at least three big hits, including one that drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness. Carroll liked the hit, calling it "pretty darn good football," but said Blair needed to get his head on the other side in order to avoid a flag. Blair erred on another play when he freelanced and went after the quarterback even though no blitz was called. That left a receiver open for a big gain in the area he vacated. But Carroll was pleased with Blair's debut, which included five tackles to tie for the team lead. "He has a lot to catch up on," Carroll said. "But he showed you that he's a hitter, he's aggressive and tough. We can work with that now." Blair is competing with Tedric Thompson (who started this game) and Delano Hill (DNP) to be Seattle's second starting safety alongside veteran Bradley McDougald.

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What a turnaround it's been for Jazz Ferguson. The undrafted free-agent receiver from Northwestern State got called out by Pete Carroll for showing up to rookie minicamp overweight, which is not how a UDFA sticks around. But Ferguson has gotten into noticeably better shape and has had a strong week between his two touchdowns in the Seahawks' scrimmage and another score in their preseason opener. That was one of his team-high four catches for 58 yards on four targets. He's squarely in the competition for one of the final spots in Seattle's receiver corps, and at 6-5 and 228 pounds, he brings a much different physical profile than the likes of Keenan Reynolds, John Ursua and Terry Wright. Said Pete Carroll of Ferguson: "A big test was, the first time we see him, he's 10-12 pounds overweight. We made a big deal about that to him, and he came back and righted it. He's had an excellent camp going to this point. He plays really big. He's 6-4 or something, and it shows. You can see the factor of the size that makes the guy somewhat unique."

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The Seahakws' backup quarterback competition seems closer than it did a day ago. Before Seattle's preseason opener, it would have been difficult to imagine Paxton Lynch beating out Geno Smith based on how each has looked two weeks into training camp. But Lynch closed the gap at least a little with a strong night against his former team, going 11 of 15 for 109 yards with a passing and rushing touchdown. He was decisive and mostly accurate save for an ugly misfire on his first attempt. "I thought Paxton Lynch did a really good job," Pete Carroll said, noting the mobility he showed on his four rushes for 38 yards. "Solid" was how Carroll described Smith, who went 3 of 9 during a nondescript first half and is now headed for surgery to remove a cyst in his knee. The team hopes that will only keep him out for about a week. That'll give Lynch an opportunity to make up more ground as the two vie for the lone backup spot behind Russell Wilson.

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