Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril participated in the team's final minicamp practice last week and should be ready for the start of training camp in late July, per the Seattle Times. Avril was suffering from plantar fascia.
Seattle defensive end Bruce Irvin has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the team reported Friday. Irvin will be eligible to return to the Seahawks' active roster on Monday, Sept. 30 following the team's Sept. 29 game against the Texans. Irvin is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. "I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption," Irvin said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return."
ESPN reports that Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff. Bennett signed with Seattle earlier in the month after spending each of the last four seasons with the Buccaneers.
The Seattle Times reports that Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice was on crutches due to a knee injury on Monday following the playoff ouster at Atlanta. No injury was reported following the game, and Rice finished with four catches for 60 yards in the 30-28 loss to the Falcons.
Seahawks tight end Zach Miller missed Tuesday's minicamp practice with what coach Pete Carroll called a sore foot. He was wearing a boot on the same leg he suffered a torn plantar fascia against the Falcons in the playoffs last year, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.
Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Tuesday that the running back job is wide open as four guys compete. He added that whoever can pass protect will have a leg-up in getting reps. "Daryl (Richardson) and Isaiah (Pead), Zac Stacy is a guy thats doing great. Terrance Ganaways a guy that we like," Schottenheimer said. "You need multiple backs in this league. Were going to try to play to their strengths. With Jack (Steven Jackson) last year, it was a little bit different. It was harder to do the committee because every time you took him out, you knew you were missing his leadership and his toughness. This year I think we've got nice pieces to try to blend in and differently attack people."