Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith returns to practice in style

Aug 19, 2014, 2:24 PM | Updated: 2:34 pm
...

RENTON – You could say that linebacker Malcolm Smith picked up where he left off by returning an interception for a touchdown Tuesday in his first full practice since doing the same thing in Super Bowl XLVIII.

But that would be understating just how impressive this play was, Smith shooting in front of the intended receiver then leaping and reaching behind him with his right arm to make a one-handed pick in mid-air.

After missing most of the offseason program and the first three weeks of training camp following ankle surgery, Smith announced his return to practice in a big way.

“I’ve been itching,” he said. “Coming off a pretty good game, we did some great stuff in the Super Bowl, it was just a lull for me. A lot of down time, a lot of watching, a lot of learning, dealing with my own emotions and stuff everyday. It was good to get out here today and start moving around a little bit.”

Smith was named the MVP of the Super Bowl thanks to a performance that was highlighted by an interception he returned 69 yards for a touchdown. He said he didn’t have any issues with his right ankle last season aside from the normal bumps and bruises, calling it “more of an offseason thing” that would require surgery.

Smith was activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list and practiced for the first time Monday, though in limited fashion. He took part in both positional and team drills Tuesday, punctuating his return with a play that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn mentioned without being asked about.

“That was a terrific play by him, going up and getting the ball,” Quinn said. “It’s awesome to have him back out here. One of the things that Malcolm brings to us is that speed and that athletic ability. I think that showed today on that interception that he had.”

Brady Henderson

Rees Odhiambo, a 2016 third-round pick, will compete with Matt Tobin to start at left tackle. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Tom Cable: Rees Odhiambo, Matt Tobin are Seahawks’ preferred LT options

Tom Cable brought a bit of clarity to the Seahawks' plans at left tackle in the wake of George Fant's season-ending knee injury, saying Tuesday that Rees Odhiambo and newcomer Matt Tobin are the top two options.
5 years ago
Left tackle George Fant suffered an injury in the first half of Friday's preseason game. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks injury updates: George Fant set for surgery, K.J. Wright returns

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that left tackle George Fant is expected to be back by next season from the knee injury that will sideline him in 2017.
5 years ago
Matt Tobin, 27, started 21 games over seasons with the Eagles. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks acquire OL Matt Tobin in trade with Eagles

The Seahawks have acquired offensive tackle Matt Tobin in a trade with the Eagles, making another move to shore up their offensive line after losing left tackle George Fant for the season.
5 years ago
Luke Joeckel played left tackle for his first three NFL seasons. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Luke Joeckel? Rees Odhiambo? A look at the Seahawks’ LT options with George Fant out for the season

The Seahawks need a new plan at left tackle with George Fant out for the season. Moving Luke Joeckel there is one option, writes Brady Henderson.
5 years ago
Michael Bennett on Justin Britt standing by his side during the national anthem Friday night: “I ...
Brady Henderson

Justin Britt stands by Michael Bennett during national anthem: ‘A very emotional moment’

Seahawks center Justin Britt showed his support for teammate Michael Bennett Friday night, standing by him as Bennett remained seated during the national anthem.
5 years ago
Left tackle George Fant suffered an injury in the first half of Friday's preseason game. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks’ George Fant needs ACL surgery, likely out for season

The Seahawks' offensive line was dealt a massive blow with left tackle George Fant suffering a knee injury Friday night that will likely keep him out all season.
5 years ago
Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith returns to practice in style