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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

June 15, 2012 at 7:24 AM

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Antonio Bryant just beginning road back

Receiver Antonio Bryant finished each of the three practices this week that constituted Seattle's minicamp.

The fact that this was an accomplishment of sorts gives you an idea of just how early in a comeback Bryant after not playing the past two years.

However, the fact that he finished those practices is a promising sign when you consider the severity of the knee injury that kept him out.

"I feel like you couldn't find another human being to come out here from being dormant and do this," Bryant said after Thursday's practice. "They probably would have quit or their body would have fell apart. So I feel good about that, and just being able to progress, not pass out, and finish all my practices, so it felt good."

Does he feel like he's back?

"I can't answer that," he said, "but when you start seeing me make the plays, then you'll now what time it is. Other than that, I can't say that I feel like it, but I feel good. Especially from not doing anything to coming out here."

Bryant is a veteran, a former second-round pick who has played for four different teams and been released by a fifth -- Cincinnati -- before he ever played a game. He has two seasons with more than 1,000 yards receiving in his career, and he participated in Seattle's minicamp this week on a try-out basis.

Coach Pete Carroll's review? Bryant has a ways to go.

"He's not in very good shape, but he's very natural," Carroll said. "He's got terrific instincts for catching the football and getting in and out of breaks."

Put through the Pete Carroll Deluxe Translator, it doesn't sound like the Seahawks will be signing him right away, but rather following to see if his conditioning improves to the point of adding him to the roster for training camp.

"When we get a chance to see him in really great condition I think he would be a competitive aspect of this thing," Carroll said. "He's not there right now though. He's a ways away and he admits that he has not been working out in the kind of setting that he needs to be at his best, so we'll see what happens."

Maybe then we'll know what time it is, as Bryant would say.


• Safety Kevin Ellison -- who plays for the Spokane Shock arena football team -- has admitted to starting a fire to his apartment because he was instructed by God to do so, according to authorities. The owner of the Spokane team -- which has employed Ellison for six weeks -- said the player had sent text messages indicating he was Jesus.

Ellison is charged with arson in what really is a sad situation. He was with the Seahawks in 2010, signing with the team after playing for the San Diego Chargers the year before. He was signed here after being arrested for possession of pain-killers without a prescription. He made it through training camp with the Seahawks and was on the 53-man roster for a day before he was cut amidst Seattle's number of waiver claims.

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