Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after the 14-9 victory over the the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on October 28, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - It may just be mini-camp, but that didn't stop the Seattle Seahawks from having their emotions get the best of them during practice on Wednesday.
A fight broke out midway through practice that featured WR Phil Bates, CB Richard Sherman and several others.
Tempers appeared to be frayed after WR Bryan Walters injured his right shoulder on the previous play. Walters made a leaping grab and landed hard on his shoulder as S Earl Thomas appeared to land on Walters as they went to the ground.
The receivers seemed to take exception to the play and the two sides began shouting at each other. Something said seemed to spark anger in Sherman, who replied loudly before being restrained by S Kam Chancellor.
Sherman then lined up against Bates on the next play. The pair engaged right from the snap of the ball with Bates eventually losing his helmet and having his jersey pulled over his head by Sherman. Fists began to fly as Bates connected at least once on Sherman after he also lost his helmet and the situation escalated.
WR Percy Harvin and WR Doug Baldwin came running into the group as well as players worked to separate each other from the fracas.
"This can happen at any practice whether it's in the season or not," Thomas said. "I just think we're all so competitive, if you press just one wrong button everyone will clear the benches."
Meanwhile, RB Marshawn Lynch stood by and laughed at the whole incident.
Head coach Pete Carroll called a halt to practice soon after the incident and spoke to the team for close to five minutes before they resumed their workouts. Emotions were still damaged and players continued to angrily bark at each other for some time after the incident.
"Sometimes you get mad and you say stuff that you don't really mean," Thomas said. "But at the same time, we're all men out here. We're all alpha males and it happens like that sometimes."
However, eventually everyone appeared to make up over the scuffle by the end of practice with many laughing to each other about the fray, including recounting what happened amongst each other.
Walters did not return to practice and had his right arm in a sling at the end of practice.
Odds & Ends:
A few more players were sidelined for the second day of mini-camp.
LB Horace Miller, LB Korey Toomer and WR Kevin Norwood joined the list of players sidelined for Wednesday's practice. WR Chris Matthews did participate, but was wearing a red "no contact" jersey.
WR Percy Harvin did not participate in the majority of practice after briefly taking part in the early stages.
The additions to the injured list joined LB Bruce Irvin (who was in attendance Wednesday after being absent Tuesday), LB Malcolm Smith, LB Heath Farwell, RB Marshawn Lynch, S Kam Chancellor, T Russell Okung, TE Chase Dixon and WR Sidney Rice.
- CB Byron Maxwell made a ridiculous one-handed interception of a pass intended for WR Ricardo Lockette up the right sideline. Maxwell leaped into the air above Lockette and managed to reel in the ball with his right hand.
- S Terrance Parks picked off an end-around pass from WR Bryan Walters to WR Doug Baldwin in the early stages of team periods.
- WR Paul Richardson hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from QB Russell Wilson deep behind the defense.
- CB Richard Sherman picked off a pass from Wilson to WR Jermaine Kearse along the right sideline.
- The team will get their Super Bowl championship rings at a private ceremony Thursday night.