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August 3, 2009 at 6:10 PM

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Shirt tales: The search for Seattle's No. 59

Posted by Danny O'Neil

There was a No. 59 when the Seahawks opened practice to the public on Monday. More than one in fact, and if you wanted to, you could even buy a No. 59 jersey.

It's the man who's supposed to be wearing No. 59 who remained absent. So far, Seattle has failed to sign linebacker Aaron Curry -- the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft. He's missed four days and six practices of training camp so far.

"Every practice he misses becomes more critical because he's missing repetitions he'll never get back," coach Jim Mora said. "But I remain confident that something will get done soon."

Can't blame the coach for feeling that way since he's just one pesky signature away from having a 254-pound linebacker capable of extreme violence on the roster and in his defensive huddle.

And even though Curry was absent, there was someone putting on a No. 59 jersey for the first time Monday. It was Ron Korneliussen, who arrived for the morning practice wearing the Curry jersey his son Aaron had given him for Father's Day.

But of all the incarnations of Curry's jersey, Jennifer Choi won the award for ingenuity. Her No. 59 jersey originally had a different name on the back of it: Peterson. It's true. She took a Julian Peterson jersey and updated it, removing the lettering of Peterson's last name and adding Curry's. Her workmanship was spot on, especially considering she said it was only the third time she'd used a sewing machine. So while Curry was gone from Monday's practice, the Seahawks' first-round pick certainly was not forgotten.

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