RENTON – Frank Clark hadn’t missed so much as a repetition in practice before he was involved in a fight during Thursday’s workout.
He hasn’t practiced for the Seahawks since, watching Sunday’s training camp workout.
Offensive tackle Germain Ifedi hasn’t practiced since that day, either. He was the guy who was struck in the face by Clark, and on Sunday he walked onto the field with his jersey over a hooded sweatshirt to watch the final half of the team’s open practice.
So while the fight happened four days ago, you could say the Seahawks were still recovering. Offensive line coach Tom Cable was asked about Ifedi’s status after Sunday’s practice.
“Getting him back,” Cable said, “working on it. Getting him back.”
Cable was not any more specific when asked about whether the issue was injury or a matter of team discipline.
“We’re handling that with our people here,” Cable said, “and letting our medical people and the coach decide what to do.”
Ifedi’s absence has translated into an opportunity for rookie Ethan Pocic, who has been practicing with the first-unit line. Pocic was primarily a center at LSU, but also started at guard and tackle during college.
“Probably grow a little bit faster than he may have because of the opportunity,” Cable said. “Fortunately – as you guys know – when we drafted him, he has all that experience playing many different positions, so it’s not like a fish out of water.”
• Luke Joeckel, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, was splitting time between left guard and left tackle for most of the first week of training camp. He spent Saturday and Sunday almost exclusively at guard, which Cable said is more the result of an injury to tackle Robert Myers than a formal decision on where Joeckel will play.