A few notes as the Seahawks wrap up OTAs
RENTON – A few notes from the Seahawks’ ninth and final organized team activity (OTA) on Thursday:
• Coach Pete Carroll was not available afterward, so there was no word on reports that running back Marshawn Lynch may skip next week’s mandatory minicamp due to unhappiness over his contract. There were a few comments from center Max Unger, who said Lynch has shown in the past that he can show up in shape after missing OTAs.
• Neither cornerback Richard Sherman nor free safety Earl Thomas took part in the team portions of practice; no word was given on why. Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon split reps at left cornerback in his absence, and Sherman was seen at various points shouting instructions and giving coaching tips from the sidelines.
• Simon made what might have been the play of the day when he jumped over receiver Taylor Price’s back to intercept a deep ball from Russell Wilson, one of four picks thrown by Seattle’s starting quarterback during the team portion of practice. Simon made another nice interception, this one in the end zone on a pass from Tarvaris Jackson to Jermaine Kearse. Simon, a fifth-round pick in 2013, missed all of his rookie season because of injuries to both feet. He’s finally healthy after a pair of surgeries, the most recent one in mid-February.
• Rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson did not practice, again watching without his helmet as he nurses a shoulder injury that occurred at the end of an earlier OTA when he hit the ground while trying to make a catch. Carroll said Monday that he’s being held out with the hope that he’ll be ready for next week’s minicamp.
• The collective bargaining agreement allows teams to up to 10 OTAs a year. The Seahawks initially had 10 scheduled, but a story on the team’s website stated that Carroll cancelled Wednesday’s session.
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