Tyler Lockett off PUP list; Germain Ifedi, Frank Clark miss practice

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RENTON -- Friday's practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center saw the return of wide receiver Tyler Lockett to the field and the absence of both players involved in Thursday's fight.

Lockett passed a physical, which enabled him to be activated from the physically unable to perform list. He's returning from tibia and fibula fractures in his right leg that required immediate surgery to set the bones after the injury in December. 

"I'm pretty much ready to go," Lockett said. "If we had a game tomorrow, I'd play in it." 

Head coach Pete Carroll had indicated Lockett's stay on the PUP list would be a short one. He was able to take part in some early drills on Friday before sitting out team activities. He took to running conditioning drills while practice continued without him.

Lockett said he spent most of time recovering in the Seattle area, which he said was the hardest part of the process.

"I didn't get to see my family, I didn't get to see my friends or anybody like that," Lockett said. "I can go through an injury. I have no problem with that. But not being able to go through with the people that's been there for me my whole entire life, that's probably the hardest part."

Lockett said he's felt like he's been full strength for about three months. He barely remembers Christmas Day, which was his first day in the hospital after sustaining the injury Christmas Eve against Arizona. Eventually, he was able to begin moving around in a wheelchair, then progress to crutches and ultimately back to walking again. Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett speaks with reporters following his first practice of training camp after being activated from the physically unable to perform list. (photo by Curtis Crabtree/Sports Radio 950 KJR)

It was difficult for Lockett to have to wait around for his ability to run to return. 

"One of the things that I thought about was when I was a kid, I had a dog," Lockett said. "When you train him, you've got to keep him in a little cage. I felt like I was stuck in a cage for eight months after I broke my leg. So as soon as they let me go today, I didn't know what to do. So I was just running around, having fun, being a little kid again."

Meanwhile, both defensive end Frank Clark and tackle Germain Ifedi did not participate in Friday's practice. Clark watched the opening minutes - with a new knee brace on his left knee - before retreating inside the facility for the remainder of the session. Ifedi watched the entirety of practice while wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Clark was tossed out of practice on Thursday after he hit Ifedi with a punch that toppled the massive lineman to the ground.

"It's part of it. That's part of it," defensive coordinator Kris Richard said. "It's a disciplinary action. You earn the right to be out here on the field with us and you earn the right to come out here and compete and, again, any decision that are going to be detrimental to us, certainly we have to handle this internally."

After defensive tackle Rodney Coe tossed center Will Pericak into a water dispenser on Thursday, melee ensued between members of the offensive and defensive lines. With the scuffle seemingly simmering, Clark delivered a blow to Ifedi's face that leveled him as hostilities resumed.

Ifedi left practice to be attended to by trainers. Clark was kicked off the field by the coaching staff.

"We just have to make sure we maintain our discipline," Richard said. "We're a team. We're in this together and those selfish decisions collectively hurt us all."

Clark was sporting a brace on his left knee - which he had not had in previous days - when he was on the field to watch the beginning of practice.

It's possible the fight left both Ifedi and Clark with injuries, hence Richard saying discipline was "part" of the reason Clark didn't practice on Friday.  It's a situation to be monitored in the coming days.

News & Notes:

-- Defensive tackle Malik McDowell did not make an appearance at practice after reporting to the team on Thursday. His status remains uncertain after an ATV accident in July left him with at least a concussion and facial injuries. The team continues to be mum regarding the full extent of his injuries.

-- Defensive tackle Tylor Harris received significant time with the first-team defensive line alongside Jarran Reed. Harris, 23, joined the Seahawks last August and spent most of the season on Seattle's practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound tackle seems to be thrusting himself into the mix for a roster spot.

"Big space eater," Richard said. "He’s got really good feet. He’s got the ability to  strike and shed with his hands. So he’s got hands strength. He’s got  really good arm length and then he’s light on his feet for a big guy.  So, he’s another guy that we’re really pleased with his progression

-- Wide receiver Kenny Lawler (knee) and cornerback Jeremy Lane (undisclosed) did not take part in practice. Cornerback DeShawn Shead (knee) and tackle Justin Senior (knee) remain on the PUP list. Defensive end Dion Jordan (knee) remains on the non-football injury list.

-- With Lane out, rookie Shaquill Griffin and DeAndre Elliott were elevated into first-team duty. Neiko Thorpe has received significant time with the first-team over the opening few days of camp, bur Griffin got a chance to play on the outside with Elliott in the slot.

--Running back Chris Carson seemingly has at least one really impressive run every day. He again broke free into the secondary for a big gain during team drills. Carson was a seventh-round draft pick in May. He checks in at 5-foot-11, 218 pounds and has an upright running style reminiscent of Eric Dickerson. Not that Carson is on the level of Dickerson, his style just evokes memories of the Hall of Fame back.

Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20:  Wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the  Seattle Seahawks reaches for the goal marker against the Philadelphia  Eagles at CenturyLink Field on November 20, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.   (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett speaks with reporters following his first practice of training camp after being activated from the physically unable to perform list. (photo by Curtis Crabtree/Sports Radio 950 KJR)

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