Bowie’s injury gives Britt a chance in Seahawks’ right-tackle competition

Jul 26, 2014, 1:28 PM | Updated: Jul 28, 2014, 1:38 pm

Rookie Justin Britt is getting the lion’s share of snaps at right tackle due to Michael Bowie’s injury. (AP)

RENTON – The right-tackle competition has been almost entirely one-sided through the first two days of Seattle’s training camp.

That’s because Michael Bowie has sat out most of the drills so far, leaving rookie Justin Britt to do most of the work.

“Michael Bowie kind of tweaked his shoulder a little bit,” coach Pete Carroll said after Friday’s workout. “He opened up the door. Remember that Wally Pipp story I’ve mentioned to you before.”

Bowie remained out on Saturday.

Wally Pipp has become one of the most famous footnotes in American sports history, the guy that Lou Gehrig replaced in 1925, starting what would become a record-setting string of consecutive games played by Gehrig.

Britt is the second-round pick out of Missouri, Bowie a second-year tackle who started eight regular-season games last year and one more in the playoffs.

Catching on quick

A fourth-round draft pick usually has a fair amount of security in the NFL.

Just not in Seattle.

Not in 2010 as defensive lineman E.J. Wilson was released midway through his rookie season. Especially not for receivers. Kris Durham, a 2011 draft pick, was released before his second season. Chris Harper, drafted last year, was cut a week before the regular season.

Kevin Norwood – one of the team’s three fourth-round picks in 2013 – is a strong bet to buck that trend, though. While he sat out Saturday’s workout with an undisclosed injury, Norwood had the most impressive catch of Friday’s practice and has really stood out to the guy who matters most in Seattle’s passing offense: quarterback Russell Wilson.

“Pure hands,” Wilson said. “That guy caught some balls yesterday that were just ridiculous catches.”

Norwood played at Alabama, where he showed a tendency for making catches in tight spots, even if it was third down.

“That’s what showed up on his college film,” Wilson said. “That’s what showed up on his pro film as well, his ability to go attack the football.”

Norwood is 6-feet-2, 199 pounds – at least 15 pounds heavier than second-round pick Paul Richardson – but expect Norwood to get an opportunity as a slot receiver.


• Rookie DL Jimmy Staten limped off the field during Saturday’s practice with what appeared to be a right leg injury. He did not return.

• WR Percy Harvin did not participate in the full practice, never donning a helmet. He looked fine, however.

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