by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Three players were absent from workouts for the Seahawks on Monday. RB Marshawn Lynch, CB Antoine Winfield and T Breno Giacomini were all not on hand for the practice. With head coach Pete Carroll not available to the media Monday, no reason has been given for their absences though OTAs remain voluntary activities.
With no Lynch in the backfield, second-round pick RB Christine Michael picked up some extra workload. Michael had been limited with a tight hamstring but was able to flash some of the speed the Seahawks saw from him at Texas A&M. Michael broke a run downfield and ran away from a chasing safety as Michael appeared to be unimpeded by injury.
With Giacomini absent, seventh-round pick T Michael Bowie worked with the first-team offense at right tackle. The Seahawks seem to like Bowie's fit at the position and he could be a factor to make the roster as the backup to Giacomini. Bowie was in the running to start at left tackle for Oklahoma State but left the team after a violation of team rules. He then transferred to Division II Northeastern State.
CB Walter Thurmond picked up additional work with Winfield absent as well. Thurmond worked both in the slot with the first-team and outside with the second-team defense. CB Tharold Simon, one of Seattle's three fifth-round selections, remains sidelined with a foot injury.
CB Richard Sherman made one of the more impressive plays of the practice. QB Russell Wilson tried to connect with WR Golden Tate on a deep ball that was just slightly overthrown. Sherman outraced Tate to the ball and hauled it in for the interception.
G John Moffitt was back at practice Monday after missing last week's open workout to attend to a court hearing.
WR Charly Martin, WR Brett Swain, S Winston Guy, TE Cooper Helfet, DE Cliff Avril (foot), G James Carpenter (knee), WR Stephen Williams (ankle), DE Chris Clemons (knee) and DT Greg Scruggs (knee) did not participate.
The NFL Players Association had two members on hand to watch the workouts Monday. Seattle lost two OTAs last season for practices that were deemed to fall outside the bounds of the regulations set in place by the collective bargaining agreement.
Members of the NFLPA can attend practices to monitor the practices to make sure they're meeting the rules. Teams are also required to film every practice and make them available for reference. Tom Carter is the Seahawks NFLPA representative for player issues. He was one of the two members watching Monday's practice.
The Seahawks practice Monday-Thursday this week to wrap up their OTA workouts. The team then reconvenes next week for their mandatory mini-camp. When the mini-camp concludes, the team breaks from on-field work until training camp begins at the end of July.