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

July 28, 2012 at 1:23 PM

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Walter Thurmond, James Carpenter spectators to start training camp

RENTON -- The first day of training camp had not concluded, and already the Seahawks had made a roster move.

Sidney Rice was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when players reported to camp Friday, but he was activated by the time the first practice started Saturday morning.

He didn't practice much however, wearing a red jersey to denote no contact. Don't expect that to change any time soon. Rice is recovering from surgery on both shoulders, and coach Pete Carroll advocated everything short of using copious amounts of bubble wrap to keep his top receiver healthy until the regular season.

"I had planned to come to camp and really be slow with re-entering him," Carroll said. "Just to make sure we use the next four to five weeks to continue to build him up and get him right. He had both shoulders worked on. He has another month to continue to work, and I want to make sure we get through as many weeks as we can here without him getting nicked so we can really get him strong and ready for the season.

"So we're just going to go through this conservatively and lengthen the time of his recovery through this camp. It's great that he's working and he's getting the timing work, but we won't get him [banged on] for a while."

The three players on PUP to start training camp are OT James Carpenter, WR Jermaine Kearse and CB Walter Thurmond.

Kearse suffered a foot injury during the offseason, and Carroll said that now, it's mostly a matter of conditioning. He expects Kearse to be back within the next couple of weeks.

Both Thurmond (leg) and Carpenter (knee) have a more uncertain timeline. Both could -- and likely will -- remain on the PUP list when the regular season starts. Teams have up until Aug. 31 to activate a player from PUP. If a player remains on PUP after that, he must miss at least the first six games before he can be activated and begin practicing with the team.

Carroll was asked about Carpenter's recovery from a severe knee injury he suffered in October.

"This was a hard one to predict for all of us," Carroll said. "We're happy that he's running, and that he's out here and working his way back.

"We don't know how to project that for the down the road. We're just going to wait and take care of him and see how he goes."

Thurmond was on the road to recovery before suffering a setback in the spring, requiring an additional surgery. Thurmond's injury was a prelude to the return of Marcus Trufant, who was re-signed.

"We're going to get Walter back," Carroll said. "And that's going to be a great support to the competitiveness of that position. We think he's a really good football player who can make things happen. He's unique on this time in his quickness and style, a very aggressive kid. When he comes back to us -- four weeks, six weeks or whatever it is -- that could be a heck of a boost for us."

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