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Originally published September 28, 2011 at 8:48 PM | Page modified September 29, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Aaron Curry on his strange Seahawks trip: 'I'm at peace'

Seattle's benched defender doesn't try to explain Twitter posts earlier this week.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — Pete Carroll characterized linebacker Aaron Curry as frustrated.

And Curry said that, yes, he was frustrated. But that was last week, when he was informed that rookie K.J. Wright was replacing him as Seattle's starting outside linebacker.

This week?

"I'm at peace," he said before practice Wednesday. "I have a complete peace of mind right now. I'm feeling blessed. I'm taking this trial that I have and just capitalizing on it."

That was just one slice of an interview so cordial it verged on surreal. Curry stood in front of a dozen reporters and at least four video cameras and answered 19 questions about his status with the Seahawks. He was not hostile, never criticized the coaches or the team, but also didn't try to explain away a situation that grew more awkward after posts on Curry's Twitter account this week.

"Right now, I'm just a second-string outside linebacker," he said. "I get to come to work every day and just get a chance to become better as a linebacker."

A lot has changed in the 2 ½ years since Seattle chose him No. 4 overall in the 2009 draft. It was the highest a linebacker had been drafted in nine years. Now his time in Seattle has reached a crossroad.

On Wednesday, Curry was being asked to discuss and clarify statements he made on Twitter earlier this week, specifically a statement in which he appeared to refer to the Seahawks as "they."

"No matter how I explain it, it's going to be interpreted as already it has been interpreted," he said. "So to even revisit the tweet itself, I don't think would do anybody justice."

How did things get so sideways and where does the team go from here? Neither question has an easy answer.

He was another president's draft choice, picked by Tim Ruskell to play in another coach's defense.

The Seahawks could have picked quarterback Mark Sanchez out of USC, and they would have considered defensive end Aaron Maybin had Curry not been available. They also sought to trade down in hopes of drafting Knowshon Moreno.

Seattle considered itself fortunate to get Curry, who was projected by many to be the top linebacking prospect in a decade. Seattle experimented with him as a pass rusher, and he had two sacks and a forced fumble in his first five games as a rookie. He hasn't sustained that, with 3 ½ sacks in 28 games since.

The Seahawks used Curry as a strongside linebacker last season in Carroll's defense, putting him on the line of scrimmage to manhandle opposing tight ends.

"He's a brute of a guy when playing blockers and getting off blockers," Carroll said. "That's the stuff that he has been best at."

This season, he was moved off the ball more, often lining up a step or two from the line of scrimmage. He had five tackles in the opener, which was one of his better games. He admittedly made mistakes against Pittsburgh, failing to follow assignments, and that lack of discipline prompted a change.

So what happens now? Neither Curry nor Carroll closed the door on the linebacker playing his way back into the starting lineup. Seattle owes him no guaranteed money beyond this season.

He was asked if a fresh start would be best.

"Who knows?" Curry said.

Does he want to be back with the Seahawks?

"I want to be where I have the best shot to get better for my future," he said, "and be able to contribute to a team's success."

Notes

• Offensive-line coach Tom Cable underwent back surgery on Monday and remained in the hospital Wednesday. Carroll did not know if Cable would be ready to return to coach in Sunday's game. Pat Ruehl, assistant offensive-line coach, ran line drills in Cable's absence, though he was watching the practice via Skype.

• Fullback Michael Robinson returned to practice after missing the past two games with a sprained ankle. Offensive tackle Jarriel King practiced with the team for the first time since he was claimed off waivers from the Giants.

• Strong safety Kam Chancellor sat out practice with a bruised thigh, and linebacker Matt McCoy missed the workout with what was described as an injury to his shoulder and head, while cornerback Byron Maxwell remains out with an ankle injury.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com

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