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Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin has resumed running as he works his way back from a knee injury that has sidelined him since early in training camp. Coach Pete Carroll reiterated Friday that Baldwin should be ready for Seattle's Sept. 9 opener, saying: "He's back to going here and he's conditioning to get back in. So next week will be really important to see how far along he comes. Really the fourth week (of preseason) would be the first chance we really get to work him really hard and press him, and we'll see how that goes for that week and then heading into the opener. We think he's going to be fine." As far as Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers, Carroll said cornerback Byron Maxwell is iffy. Defensive end Frank Clark, running back C.J. Prosise, cornerback Dontae Johnson and safety Maurice Alexander are expected to play. Receivers Tyler Lockett and Amara Darboh won't play, though Carroll said Lockett is fine.

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Seahawks release DE Smith in surprise move

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said "some personal reasons" factored into Friday's surprising release of defensive end Marcus Smith. The team also made official its deal with outside linebacker/pass-rusher Erik Walden.

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Video: Pete Carroll says of Marcus Smith's release, "Really, there was some personal reasons that came into it."

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In a somewhat surprising move, the Seahawks have terminated the contract of defensive end Marcus Smith, who was projected to be a part of their pass-rush rotation this season. Seattle re-signed Smith this offseason to a one-year deal worth $1.425 million. His release clears about $1 million in cap space. The Seahawks have made official the signing of veteran pass-rusher Erik Walden, whose deal was previously reported. Seattle also waived cornerback Elijah Battle and signed running back Justin Stockton. Smith had missed the last couple days because of what Pete Carroll called a family issue.

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The end of training camp means three things for the Seahawks: 1) no more fans at practice; 2) veterans who were staying at the team hotel are no longer required to; and 3) their annual home-run derby that followed their final camp practice. Russell Wilson, who plays a little baseball on the side, beat out fellow quarterback Austin Davis and rookie tight end Will Dissly for the victory, according to the team.

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The Seahawks had Aretha Franklin's "Respect" playing in their team meeting room before practice today in honor of the late singer. Said Russell Wilson: "I know Aretha Franklin meant a lot to Ciara, meant a lot to me."

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The Seahawks have had the same five offensive linemen -- Duane Brown, Ethan Pocic, Justin Britt, D.J. Fluker and Germain Ifedi -- working with the No. 1 offense for the majority of training camp, and almost exclusively of late. It's a change from the frequent mixing-and-matching favored by previous O-line coach Tom Cable, who, for among other reasons, wanted players to have experience at multiple spots in case of emergency situations. Russell Wilson seems to appreciate having the same five in front of him. He estimated that it's the first time since their 2013 Super Bowl season that they've had a consistent offensive line in practice. "And that consistency is huge," Wilson said, adding: "It makes a big difference. It makes a big difference in communication, how guys step up and how they play. I think Coach Mike Solari is doing a tremendous, tremendous job."

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Earl Thomas is now subject to over $1 million in fines from the Seahawks after missing the first three weeks of training camp. Asked about Thomas' absence today, Russell Wilson said he considers him the best safety to ever play. "I believe that he'll be ready to play when he decides to — if he decides to come back."

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Five observations from today's Seahawks practice: 1) Shaquill Griffin showed excellent closing speed to break up a deep pass during seven-on-seven and also had a PBU in a red-zone drill. His switch from the right side to the left side -- where teams typically prefer their best cornerback -- continues to appear seamless; 2) Second-year defensive tackle Naz Jones had a good day. He batted down a Russell Wilson pass at the line of scrimmage then appeared to be the defender who forced a fumble from fullback Tre Madden, based on the congratulations Jones was getting from teammates; 3) The Seahawks got a brief scare when Tyler Lockett stayed down for a few seconds after trying to haul in a deep throw. Several teammates immediately sprinted down to check on him, a sign of how well-liked he is in Seattle's locker room. Lockett got kicked in the back of the calf, coach Pete Carroll said, and eventually resumed practicing; 4) Defensive end Frank Clark has been participating in team drills this week. He's returned to full participation after being limited earlier in camp following hand surgery; 5) Linebacker K.J. Wright had perhaps the play of the day when he snatched away a check-down pass for an interception. Wright is excellent in pass coverage, which is why any playing time that rookie Shaquem Griffin gets in those situations probably won't come at Wright's expense.

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On the same day that Rashaad Penny had surgery on his finger and Mike Davis missed practice with a sore toe, another running back returned to the field with C.J. Prosise suiting up for the first time this week. He took part in the early portion of practice. Prosise had been sidelined with what he described as tightness in his hip flexor, the latest in a long list of injuries that have limited the 2016 third-round pick to just 11 games over his first two seasons. Prosise said he's feeling fine and that he'll be ready to play Saturday against the Chargers. "I've got to step up now with Penny being down for a little bit," he said.

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The finger issue that is expected to sideline Rashaad Penny for the next few weeks is a bigger setback for the rookie running back than it is for the Seahawks' offense. Penny, Seattle's first-round pick, has been competing to start, but Chris Carson has routinely taken the first-team reps and has clearly been in the lead for that job. The Seahawks also have Mike Davis as part of a backfield that may be as deep as any they've had under Pete Carroll, and the expectation has been that they'll use multiple backs as opposed to relying solely on one featured guy. Even if Penny is ready by Week 1 -- a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he should be -- his absence in the meantime all but assures that Carson will be the first back up when the season begins Sept. 9 at Denver.

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Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny will drop several rounds in fantasy ADP thanks to his finger injury, but this creates a great buying opportunity. Penny is really good but veteran Chris Carson might have started Week 1 anyway. Not all rookies start initially. If Penny drops past Round 6, get him. You can always rely on other running backs the first few weeks.

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Running back Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks' first-round pick, left Monday's practice early for an unknown reason. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was asked if Penny is OK. "I think so," he said. "Yeah, I think so. I haven't heard yet but I think so."

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Nick Vannett is the Seahawks' longest-tenured tight end now that Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson are gone. That means he's in charge of holding onto the money from kangaroo-court fines that get imposed among Seattle's tight ends. It's $20 a pop and half of the pot goes to charity while the other half helps fund their end-of-season trip. There's a "Homeland" fine for mentioning your hometown or wearing your alma mater's gear. There's a "No-fine" fine that ensures every tight end contributes to the pot at least once a day. An "Uncle Rico" fine is for when someone tells "a high school story that we all just really don't care about," Vannett said. Not even tight ends coach Pat McPherson is above the law. "We'll watch film and something will click in his head and he's like, 'Oh man, I remember this time at UCLA' or whatever school he went to, like 'I did this in practice.' It's like, 'Pat, appreciate the story but that's an Uncle Rico.'"

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Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said rookie quarterback Alex McGough was "overthinking" in his NFL debut. Neither McGough nor Austin Davis -- who are competing to back up Russell Wilson -- distinguished himself in the team's preseason opener, with Davis (4 of 5, 51 yards) throwing an interception in the end zone on his first of two possessions and Seattle's offense generating only three points on six second-half drives led by McGough (10 of 13, 48 yards). It's probably not a coincidence that the NFL Network reported a day later that Seattle was bringing in veteran QB Josh Johnson for a workout. Said Schotteheimer: "I thought Austin's first drive was excellent. He moved us right down the field, couple big third-down conversions, the throw to David Moore. The interception was just a bad decision. He can't do that. He knows that. He was frustrated by that. But it was a really good drive. Alex, it was his first game and so he was overthinking some stuff, which they all tend to do. But he made some really good throws. You see the athleticism. So certainly we expect to see those guys play a little bit better, but it's so much fun to watch those guys go out, play, and then to see how receptive they both are."

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Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who's fighting for a roster spot with the Seahawks, was again working with the No. 1 offense today. This comes a day after what coach Pete Carroll called Marshall's most active practice as he works his way back from ankle and toe surgeries as well as a hamstring injury that sidelined him during minicamp. Offensive coordinator Brian Schotteheimer was asked if he's encouraged by how much Marshall has been practicing of late. "Yes, it's been really good," Schottenheimer said. "He had a big play today. It's just there's some timing stuff still that he and [Russell Wilson] are working for. That's a big part of him being out there, but I love seeing him out there. He's over with us during the quarterback individual stuff, which is great. They're talking all the time. Yes, very encouraged."

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The Seahawks vs. Raiders game on Oct. 14 in London has been moved to Wembley Stadium due to delays with the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, it was announced Monday.

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(27)Rashaad PennyRBSan Diego State
3(15)Rasheem GreenDEUSC
4(20)Will DisslyTEWashington
5(4)Shaquem GriffinOLBUCF
5(9)Tre FlowersSOklahoma State
5(12)Michael DicksonPTexas
5(31)Jamarco JonesOTOhio State
6(12)Jake MartinOLBTemple
7(2)Alex McGoughQBFlorida International