Wade Smith #74 springs teammate Ben Tate #44 of the Houston Texans for a first down during a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - With the departure of Michael Bowie, the Seattle Seahawks starting right tackle job is now wide open between Justin Britt and Eric Winston.
The Seahawks released Bowie on Saturday after it was determined his injured shoulder would require surgery.
Bowie, who started eight games as a rookie for the Seahawks, was the favorite to win the team's starting right tackle job entering training camp. However, he reported to camp 20 pounds overweight, according to head coach Pete Carroll, and injured his shoulder again on the first day of practice.
Bowie injured his shoulder at the end of training camp last year, but it wasn't serious and he managed to play all season. He missed practices over the offseason due to a shoulder injury and it surfaced again on the first day of training camp.
Bowie was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns despite expectations he will be out 4-6 months due to the injury.
Britt has taken nearly every first-team snap at right tackle since Bowie's injury. Winston has started 119 consecutive games over the last seven seasons for the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals.
"It's a big competition going on. There has been since the start of camp," Carroll said.
"It's unfortunate that we don't get to keep Michael (Bowie) but we have to keep moving and keep going here. This is a very competitive situation with Britt and with Winston in there and I think Alvin Bailey will be mixed into this thing too, eventually. It's a really good spot for us in that we do have depth and we do have competition."
Tackle Russell Okung took part in individual drills for the first time after offseason foot surgery. Alvin Bailey has been taking the first-team snaps at left tackle in Okung's absence, but could enter the battle at right tackle once Okung is back to full speed.
"Alvin has got the flexibility to play a couple different spots. He's played guard a little bit too so he's a valuable guy in that regard," Carroll said.
Beast is back:
Running back Marshawn Lynch took part in practice Monday for the first time since reporting to training camp late last week.
Lynch reported to camp Thursday after a week-long contract dispute with the team. However, he had yet to participate in practice prior to Monday.
Lynch was significantly limited in his workload but was in pads for the first time since the Super Bowl. He took a few reps in 7-on-7 drills but didn't appear to get much work on his first day.
"Weâ€™re going to take our time, make sure that we do that right. You know, weâ€™ve always been very patient with him, making sure his body is in great shape and all so weâ€™re just going to bring him along," Carroll said.
Carroll said Lynch needs to get back into football shape. He did not participate in any offseason activities while holding out from the team.
The Seattle Seahawks continued to churn the bottom of their roster coming off their "mock game" practice on Saturday.
Seattle waived linebacker Brandon Denmark and receiver Ronald Johnson and signed former Houston Texans lineman Wade Smith and re-signed defensive tackle Andru Pulu.
The team also officially added tackle Cory Brandon after claiming him off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals. He takes the place of Michael Bowie on the team's roster.
Smith, 33, has appared in 138 games with 98 starts over 12 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. He's started every game over the last four years for Houston and can play all five offensive line positions.
Safety Kam Chancellor (hip) and tackle Russell Okung (foot) took part in individual drills for the first time since training camp opened. Both are still recovering from offseason surgeries and are being eased back into practice.
Safety Dion Bailey was on crutches after a significantly sprained ankle during the team's practice on Saturday.
Linebackers Bruce Irvin (hip) and Korey Toomer (hamstring) remain on the physically unable to perform list. Cornerback Eric Pinkins (Lisfranc) remains on the non-football injury list.
Receiver Kevin Norwood remains sidelined with a foot injury and doesn't appear to be close to returning at this stage.
"Weâ€™re just going to have to take some time here, and continue to evaluate it," Carroll said. "Itâ€™s a situation we got to wait out a little bit."
Linebackers Malcolm Smith (ankle) and Bobby Wagner (hamstring) remained sidelined. Smith has yet to practice in training camp but is participating in team walkthroughs. Wagner has a strained hamstring which will keep him out a while longer.
Guard James Carpenter sat again on Monday with a tight calf but Carroll said he could be back as early as Tuesday.
Receiver Paul Richardson tackle Justin Britt were both back to participating after sitting out portions of Saturday's practice with sore shoulders. Richardson was wearing a red "no-contact" jersey and said he'll be unhindered on Tuesday.
Defensive tackles Jordan Hill (undisclosed) andÂ Jimmy Staten (hamstring/knee), cornerbackÂ Akeem Auguste (left leg), linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (oblique) and safety DeShawn Shead (undisclosed) also did not practice on Monday.
Receiver Phil Bates was forced to leave practice due to illness.