Rice and shine: Sidney returns to Seahawks practice along with Doug Baldwin, Ricardo Lockette
RENTON -- The fact Sidney Rice wore a white jersey for Tuesday's practice was a sign of progress in his return from offseason shoulder surgeries.
So was the green grass stain on the front of his uniform.
"I had to try to simulate some game-like situations," Rice said.
Rice practiced the first two weeks wearing a red jersey, denoting no contact. That's gone this week as Rice is now participating in team drills, and even diving for balls. Rice won't play in Saturday's exhibition game at Denver, but his practice regimen is a sign of progress and that he may indeed be ready when the regular season begins.
"This is his first week back, getting banged around so we'll give him some time," coach Pete Carroll said. "See how that goes."
Rice was among a number of players who returned to practice. Doug Baldwin is back after missing more than a week with a sore hamstring. Ricardo Lockette returned after having some inflammation in his leg last week. Linebacker Barrett Ruud returned after having a sore knee.
"It felt good to have those guys back out," Carroll said. "Kind of a boost in the numbers and all. We came back today to have a real fundamental practice day. We got that done."
The one position where there weren't very many numbers: center. Right guard John Moffitt -- who has seen time as backup center -- underwent surgery on his elbow and will be out at least a couple of weeks. Lemuel Jeanpierre suffered a groin injury in practice, which kept him out of the workout. Seattle moved guard Rishaw Johnson to backup center behind starter Max Unger. Johnson was not snapping the ball, however, for team drills. The quarterback held the ball in one hand as Johnson mimed hiking the ball to start the play.
There were some other absences from Tuesday's practice. Rookie defensive end Cordarro Law suffered a second-degree high-ankle sprain and will miss some time. Fullback Michael Robinson and safety Jeron Johnson did not practice with undisclosed injuries, but both are expected back by the end of the week. Defensive end Pierre Allen did not practice, but is expected back Wednesday.
Tight end Zach Miller did not practice after he was injured during Saturday's game.
"He had a very slight concussion,"
Miller Carroll said. "He responded immediately, the next day. And the day after he looks clear, but it's the process we have to go through and we're going to take great care in doing that properly."