TE Zach Miller was in a walking boot and did not take part in any team drills with the team. It's the same foot Miller injured in January in the Seahawks' season-ending playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Miller left in the first half and headed to the locker room before returning to the field and playing out the rest of the game. It was later revealed he had played though a plantar fasciia tear in his foot.
Head coach Pete Carroll said it is not the same injury that hampered him against the Falcons. He stressed that Miller is just sore and they don't believe it's something to be overly concerned about.
"He’s got a sore foot so we’re just resting it," Carroll said. "I think we know exactly what is going on and it’s not going to be a serious problem, but he needs a little rest."
It still has to be a concern that he's feeling discomfort in the same foot. Plantar fasciia injuries can linger if not rested properly and it could have helped lead to the issue Miller is currently dealing with. With more than a month break before training camp begins, Miller should still be ready to go in time.
Another player sidelined continues to be fifth-round draft pick CB Tharold Simon.
Simon has dealt with a foot injury of his own since participating in the team's rookie mini-camp last month. Carroll said the injury was stress fracture related with a little twist. He said it was an injury "that never really happened yet" and the team was hoping they could avoid it ultimately occurring.
Carroll said Simon left them with a good impression before getting injured and they look forward to getting him back on the field. As it was with Miller, Carroll believes Simon will be ready for training camp.
"He should certainly be back by camp, if it’s not by camp then we’ve got a problem because he’ll have had enough time, but there shouldn’t be a problem with it.
WR Percy Harvin sat out Tuesday's practice as well with a hip issue but it isn't a concern for the team. DE Cliff Avril was back on the field for the first time since OTAs began. He had been limited with plantar fasciitis and only worked in individual drills on Tuesday. Avril said after practice he feels good.
DE Chris Clemons was on the practice field for the first time this offseason. He's been working to rehab from ACL surgery on his own and hasn't been with the team until the mandatory mini-camp. Carroll reiterated that Clemons is progressing well but they still aren't sure if he will be ready for the start of the season - though Carroll believes there is a chance.
"He has a chance and if it can happen he’ll make it happen," Carroll said. "Like I said the whole time, we’ll not rush that. We’ll take our time the whole time on that and make sure he’s right. The doctors are greatly confident and he is also, and we’ll start playing him whenever that happens."
The only other players to sit out were G James Carpenter and DT Greg Scruggs. Both are recovering from knee injuries.
-- Bruce Irvin getting acclimated at linebacker
Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin has been working at strongside linebacker as the defensive coaching staff looks to find the best ways to utilize his athletic skill-set. So far, Carroll likes what he's seen from Irvin.
"He’s extremely versatile, and that’s why we’ve loved him from the start," Carroll said. "He’s a true speed rusher, which that position allows for. It’s just going to be a difference in the number of plays that you rush and the number of plays that you drop when you’re playing linebacker because he’s going to come off the edge for us just like he did at the LEO spot."
The new position means Irvin will be called upon more often to drop into coverage. It's been a bit of a learning curve but Carroll says Irvin's athletic ability make it a good fit.
"He’s very, very adept athletically, he’s got good flow to him, he’s got great quickness, he’s a natural athlete, and you forget that he was a DB way back when," Carroll said. "When I first saw him he was a strong safety. He’s just a very uniquely talented kid, and that’s why he has that versatility that we’re going to try and maximize."
-- Seahawks bringing back Tarvaris Jackson?
The former Seahawks starting quarterback was traded to the Buffalo Bills last preseason for a seventh-round draft pick after it became clear that he had lost the competition for the starting job to QB Russell Wilson and QB Matt Flynn.
Jackson was released by the Bills on Monday and is apparently set to visit the Seahawks again this week. According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, Jackson has a visit set up with the Seahawks "in the next day or two" and could re-sign with the team.
Jackson won seven games as the Seahawks starter in 2011 despite playing most of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Playing through the injury earned Jackson much respect in the Seahawks' locker room and he could be viewed as an upgrade as Wilson's backup over QB Brady Quinn. The Seahawks currently have three quarterbacks on the roster with Wilson, Quinn and QB Jerrod Johnson.