by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seahawks are close to wrapping up their docket of non-OTA voluntary workouts for the 2012 offseason.
The team ran through another voluntary session on Thursday morning as "Phase 2" of the offseason workouts wraps up this week. During the voluntary workouts, the players are not able to wear helmets or pads and can't work against the opposing side of the ball. All drills have to be offense or defense only and run against air.
"Phase 3" begins next week when the team can begin scheduled organized team activities (OTA) which are a step up in contact and team drills.
The workout Thursday was still voluntary and had a number of players either not in attendance or unable to participate.
Now that rookie mini-camp is complete, rookies were able to attend and participate in the workouts given their graduating classes had completed their term at their universities. Schools on quarter systems are problematic as classes extend into June. That being said, only five rookies were not in attendance on Thursday.
QB Russell Wilson was attending the rookie premier event in Los Angeles and unable to attend. WR Jermaine Kearse, WR Lavasier Tuinei, RB Robert Turbin and DE Monte Taylor were not at the workout Thursday morning.
Four veterans were also not on hand for the workout: QB Tarvaris Jackson, RB Marshawn Lynch, LB Mike Morgan and DE Chris Clemons.
Seven players were at practice but unable to take part in drills: WR Mike Williams (leg), CB Walter Thurmond (leg/ankle), CB Byron Maxwell, DE/LB Jameson Konz (knee), LB Matt McCoy (knee), LB Barrett Ruud (knee, shoulder, groin) and T James Carpenter (knee).
WR Sidney Rice, WR Kris Durham and S Winston Guy were all in red no-contact jerseys as they are recovering from shoulder surgeries. Rice and Durham were able to take part in drills although Guy appeared to do little of anything on the field.
WR Golden Tate and DT Alan Branch were both participating Thursday after missing the voluntary workout open to the media last week.
With McCoy and Ruud still sidelined, LB Bobby Wagner was working with the first-team defense at middle linebacker along with LB K.J. Wright and LB Leroy Hill.