Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith recovering from ankle surgery
Linebacker Malcolm Smith had his foot in a boot Tuesday at the Seahawks’ Organized Team Activity after having surgery to remove “loose bodies” in an ankle. He is expected to be ready by training camp.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON – Add Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith to a relatively short list of Seahawks players who had offseason surgery.
Smith, a linebacker, had his foot in a boot Tuesday during Seattle’s first Organized Team Activity after having had a recent surgery to remove what coach Pete Carroll called “loose bodies’’ in his ankle.
“He had a couple little things in his ankle he had to clean up,’’ Carroll said. “He’ll be OK.’’
Smith is expected back by training camp in late July, as are two other veteran Seahawks sitting out OTAs with previously reported surgeries — left tackle Russell Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor.
Okung had another surgery to repair the toe injury that held him out of eight games last season and Chancellor had surgery on a hip that has troubled him since 2012.
Carroll called Chancellor’s surgery “significant’’ but also said he is “way ahead of schedule’’ in his rehab and that “he’ll be back for camp and we have no hesitation in saying that.’’
Also sidelined Tuesday was second-year defensive tackle Jesse Williams, whom Carroll said “had an accident where he fell and got a laceration that’s just about healed and done with.’’ Williams missed last year with a knee injury.
Also limited Tuesday was receiver Sidney Rice, recovering from an ACL injury suffered Oct. 28 at St. Louis. Carroll said Rice remains on track to return for fall camp.
Lynch among no-shows
OTAs are voluntary. And once again, running back Marshawn Lynch appears likely to be a part-time participant, at best. Lynch, who was absent for the OTAs that were open to the media in 2013, was not present Tuesday for what is one of four of the 10 OTAs that the media will be able to see.
Carroll, asked if the media would see Lynch during OTAs, smiled and said “you just may. You never know,’’ then added, “I saw him on ESPN today. He looked pretty good.’’
Also absent for personal reasons were defensive end Cliff Avril and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, each expected back soon.
• Rookie defensive linemen Cassius Marsh and Andru Pulu each cannot participate because their schools are on the quarter system and are not out of session.
• The Seahawks have signed fourth-round pick Kevin Pierre-Louis, leaving receiver Kevin Norwood, also a fourth-round pick, the only unsigned of the team’s nine draftees.
• The Seahawks signed linebacker Horace Miller of UTEP to fill out the roster at the NFL maximum of 90. Miller, who participated in the team’s rookie minicamp last week on a tryout basis, takes the place of sixth-round pick Garrett Scott, who was waived after failing his physical due to a rare heart defect.
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