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August 19, 2010 at 4:07 PM

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Camp Carroll: Week 3, Day 4

Posted by Danny O'Neil

One practice | Shoulder pads, shorts

The Seahawks held their final practice of training camp, though the difference will primarily be noticed by the players, who will no longer be staying in hotels. There's not much of a difference in the practice schedule as the team only held four two-a-day practices.

Owner Paul Allen was in attendance at the practice and spoke afterward with coach Pete Carroll.

• Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh returned to practice after missing the previous three days for personal reasons. Asked for the reason for his absence, he said it was minor and didn't disclose anything further. He said it was nothing involving the team and strictly a personal situation.

Leroy Hill remains out with a knee injury, and Carroll said the team won't know about the ramifications of the resolution to Hill's assault case in Issaquah until hearing from the NFL.

"We won't know really all about the court stuff until we hear from the league on what that all means," Carroll said. "But he's completed everything he needs to do in that regard. As far as the knee is concerned, he's still a couple weeks out, but he's progressing very well and the trainers feel like there's no question that he's going to be back about three weeks from now, four weeks from now."

Carroll did not speculate whether Hill could receive further discipline after entering into a stipulated order of continuance, which would result in the dismissal of a misdemeanor charge of assault/domestic violence if he follows the court's stipulations for 18 months.

• Defensive tackle Amon Gordon gets marks for good citizenship. After center Chris Spencer's helmet was knocked off during a play, Gordon went and handed his helmet to him.

• Tight end Anthony McCoy's dropped passes have been a frequent subject here so it's only fair to point out he had a nice catch on an out route on a pass from J.P. Losman during Thursday's practice.

Tight end is going to be one of the most interesting positions to watch. Seattle typically keeps three tight ends. With the frequency with which Seattle is expected to use two tight-end sets, would it be possible for the Seahawks to carry four? If they only carry three, is McCoy or Cameron Morrah going to be that third tight end?

Marcus Trufant made a nice interception on a pass thrown by a scrambling Losman. Trufant was praised by Carroll afterward, who said he looks differently than a year ago.

"More physically fit," Carroll said of Trufant after practice. "He's quicker than he was a year ago."

• Carroll's practices are fast, and they are physical, but there is an emphasis upon everyone staying on their feet. There was one notable collision Thursday between two players who you just know wanted to take off the governors and go for broke. Fullback Owen Schmitt took a rare handoff and ran smack into linebacker Aaron Curry. The hit was a pop, but neither player followed through. Curry was squared up and looked to be in great position if it had been a real collision.

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