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Monday, May 8, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Hawks Notes: Rookie minicamp pleases Holmgren

Seattle Times staff reporter

KIRKLAND — The rookies got their playbooks, packed their bags and headed back to wherever they came from following Sunday's practice.

The Seahawks' veterans will remain for four more days of practice beginning today, but the camp is voluntary. The weekend minicamp was mandatory.

"It was a good camp. I'm very pleased with this group," coach Mike Holmgren said. "Coming off the season we had, there should be a good locker room, and there is. I'm very happy with how it's going so far."

Holmgren added that the roster looks to be stronger than last year.

"The early draft choices you expect to contribute sooner," he said, referring to cornerback Kelly Jennings and defensive end Darryl Tapp. "And without putting too much pressure on those guys, they both look good and I would expect them to be contributors this first year."

Injury update

Holmgren gave a brief injury report on many of the 12 players who missed all or parts of the weekend camp with injuries suffered in practice or due to surgery rehabilitation.

Tight end Jerramy Stevens (knee surgery), defensive end Grant Wistrom (shoulder surgery) are both on schedule to fully recover. Stevens will be ready for training camp while Wistrom could be back sometime after it starts.

Cornerback Jordan Babineaux (shoulder surgery) also is expected back for training camp.

Cornerback Kelly Herndon missed the last two minicamp sessions with knee swelling following surgery.

Defensive end Joe Tafoya (shoulder surgery) should be back in time for training camp. Safety Michael Boulware (knee surgery) will also miss the June camp but be back for training camp.

Defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs has a sore right Achilles that required him to wear a protective boot; the device is set to come off in a couple of weeks, Holmgren said.

Wide receiver Darrell Jackson (knee surgery) will be back for training camp but will be limited to perhaps one practice a day in Cheney.

Notes

• Former defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, who wasn't allowed on the field for much of last season while recovering from a mild stroke, was on the field for practices over the weekend. "He's feeling fine," Holmgren said. "He got good news from his doctors. He had a big, big physical a week ago. He won't be the coordinator anymore, but he will certainly be a ... big contributor to our defense."

• Holmgren said TE Itula Mili, who missed practices on Saturday and Sunday, came in at a "good weight" and is moving well after missing practically all of last season.

• Receiver Peter Warrick will get the first shot to be the team's punt returner, Holmgren said.

• Holmgren would not elaborate on his future with the team beyond this season. "One of two things will happen," he said.

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