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Published: Monday, August 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Seahawks get Turbin back on practice field

Second-year running back Robert Turbin had been on PUP list with foot injury.

  • Seahawks running back Robert Turbin returned to the practice field on Sunday. Turbin had been sidelined with a foot injury.

    Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

    Seahawks running back Robert Turbin returned to the practice field on Sunday. Turbin had been sidelined with a foot injury.

RENTON -- It's been a frustrating couple of weeks for Robert Turbin.
Although frustration is probably to be expected when a guy who goes by the nickname Turbo is forced to stand around and watch. But now the wait is over for the Seattle Seahawks' second-year running back, who practiced Sunday for the first time. Turbin opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a foot injury.
"It feels good to be back on the field," Turbin said. "... It was hard obviously, because you want to be out there practicing and having fun with your teammates."
Turbin was itching to get back to build off of a strong rookie campaign, but the Seahawks medical staff made him wait to make sure his foot was properly healed.
"For me there was a sense of urgency, but I think everybody else had a lot more patience than I did," Turbin said. "That's probably how it's supposed to be, right? The player always wants to play and the trainers want to keep you out until they feel like you're 100 percent and ready to go. It's a little bit of a love-hate kind of thing. I love 'em for taking care of me and being patient with me, but I hate 'em for taking so long."
And it's easy to see why Turbin was so eager to get back on the field. Not only does he want to build on a strong rookie campaign that saw him gain 354 yards on the ground and 181 receiving while serving as Marshawn Lynch's backup, Turbin also knows he needs to be on the field to compete for playing time this season. Despite his impressive rookie season, which included a 108-yard rushing performance in Seattle's blowout victory over Arizona, an increased workload is far from a given. That has nothing to do with the Seahawks' opinion of Turbin, but rather the fact that they used their second-round pick on running back Christine Michael, then took LSU running back Spencer Ware in the sixth round. Both Michael and Ware have had impressive training camps, and both performed well in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chargers, but Turbin said more talent and depth at his position won't change his approach.
"The same way I approach football any other day," he said. "Just go out there and try to get better and help the team."
And the timing of Turbin's return isn't just good for his impatience, it also worked out well because Michael sat out Sunday's practice because of back spasms and could be out longer. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Michael is "pretty stoved up, so it might be a little bit before we get him back out." And while it is unclear what Carroll meant by "stoved up," it sure sounded like Carroll isn't expecting Michael back in the next few days.
With or without Michael in action, Carroll was almost as eager to get Turbin back on the field as was the running back himself.
"It's great to have him out," Carroll said. "We've missed him. He's just been chomping at the bit. He had such a good first year and he's just a real big part of the young group on this team, and I'm excited that he's back out there and he looked really good today. Of course he has fresh legs and all that, but it was really good to have him back out there, really for him too, because he's been very frustrated."
Carrying it over
Among the best things Carroll saw in his team's preseason win was the ability of so many players to take strong starts in training camp and have that practice success translate to a game situation. Several rookies stood out in the win at San Diego, including Michael, offensive tackle Alvin Bailey and defensive end Benson Mayowa, as did older players who have been impressing Carroll in camp such as middle linebacker Allen Bradford, wide receiver Stephen Williams and cornerback Byron Maxwell.
"The guys who have been doing things in practice did kind of the same thing in games," Carroll said. "It carried over, it translated from the practice field. A number of our guys thought their matchups on the practice field got them ready and were tougher than the ones they had in the game. That was real positive. It's the kind of first step I like taking. I'm not looking to take steps backward to get better. I like to keep moving forward, and we did that in this first game."
Other injuries
On defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring) and tight end Zach Miller (foot), Carroll said both are improving but that they "might still be two weeks away." Carroll said it's "not necessarily" imperative to get either veteran back for the third preseason game, but rather to just make sure they're healthy and in shape by the time the regular season starts.
Guard James Carpenter (foot) is also "still a couple weeks away from being back on the field," Carroll said. Defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin) "looked great running" before practice Carroll said, but still isn't quite ready to practice. Among others also out were defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (groin), Maxwell (ankle) and defensive tackle Jaye Howard (shoulder). McDaniel's injury goes back to last week, while Maxwell and Howard both suffered their injuries in Thursday's preseason game.
Herald Writer John Boyle: jboyle@heraldnet.com.

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