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Seahawks' Carpenter had knee scope; Lynch OTA no-show

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RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reported during an interview with a local radio station that offensive lineman James Carpenter had arthroscopic surgery over a month ago.

Although not specifically stated, it's presumed that Carpenter had an issue addressed with his surgically repaired knee.

"Carp is on the road back," Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle. "He had a minor, cleanup-surgery done about five, six weeks ago that was extremely successful. I just talked with him this morning (Monday). He feels great. He's making all of the normal progress he's supposed to make. He's going to be battling for us."

Carroll said that Carpenter is a bigger, more dynamic athlete than anyone on the roster at the guard spot, which shows up on the tape.

"He'll roll right through guys," Carroll said. "So when we get Carp back, that's going to be a big deal for us."

A first-round selection for Seattle in the 2011 draft, Carpenter re-injured his surgically repaired knee during the opening series against Chicago last December, and was placed on the reserve/non-football list on Dec. 4, 2012.

Carpenter, 24, made an impressive recovery from ACL reconstructive knee surgery that took place in December of 2011 after the University of Alabama product injured his knee in practice his rookie season.

Carpenter sat out the first three games of 2012 before taking over the starting left guard job at St. Louis. However, Carpenter never looked like his knee was 100 percent in six starts at left guard. He also was inactive for two games last season due to concussion-like symptoms.

Carpenter has not participated in any on-field practices during the team's offseason practices. But when healthy, Carpenter's slated to start at left guard next to left tackle Russell Okung.

--When Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was once again was a no-show for his team's organized team activities, second-round draft choice Christine Michael took advantage of the extra reps that were open for reporters to watch Monday.

Lynch was absent when the team began OTA workouts on May 20, but reported to the voluntary sessions a week later. This week's workouts are also voluntary and he was noticeably absent during media access Monday.

Michael was noticeably present on the field, healthy and ready to go.

The Texas A&M running back had been nursing a hamstring injury, and did not work out during the OTA session open to reporters last week.

But Michael looked quick and explosive during individual and teams drills.

--League representatives were on hand during Monday's organized team activities to watch the Seahawks' practice.

Seattle was punished by the league and the NFL Players Association last year for having too much contact during offseason practices, and had two of the team's final OTA days taken away.

"We're aware of it because of what happened last year, and we're trying to do this thing right," Carroll said. "We've learned that there is a whole new tempo about OTA practices that we have to translate and make sense of, so that we can keep practicing and keep the work going.

"So we've spent the whole time just preaching about what's okay, so we can get the maximum out of the tempo, but do it right."
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