Seahawks get together for large workout

For a few hours Thursday morning, Aaron Curry didn’t feel locked


Being around teammates, even a few guys from other NFL teams,

provided a bit of normalcy in an otherwise abnormal NFL


”Workouts like this today are helping me get over the fact

we’re not playing football,” Curry said. ”It’s just tough without

doing it.”

Curry and about 35 or so players gathered inside the University

of Washington’s indoor practice facility on Thursday morning for a

planned, but informal workout. It was spearheaded by Seattle

running back Justin Forsett, but the mix of players was far from

Seahawks specific.

There were those under contract and likely to be key players for

the Seahawks whenever the season begins: Curry, Forsett,

quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, cornerback Marcus Trufant,

linebacker David Hawthorne and offensive lineman Max Unger.

There were a handful of college kids, including former

Washington linebacker Mason Foster – drafted by Tampa Bay – and

safety Nate Williams.

Then there was arguably the largest group – the free agents,

most of whom were connected with the Seahawks a year ago but face

an uncertain future. At the top of the list was quarterback Matt

Hasselbeck, but others like offensive linemen Sean Locklear and

Chris Spencer, safety Lawyer Milloy, defensive tackle Craig Terrill

and defensive back Jordan Babineaux also took part.

Seattle has 27 players from its final 53-man roster that faced

Chicago in the NFC divisional playoffs or injured reserve who are

not under contract for the 2011 season.

”I think it was more, ‘We’re all locked out,”’ Whitehurst

said. ”It was just get together, get some work and try to get


Whitehurst’s presence was notable considering he is the only

Seattle quarterback under contract for the 2011 season. He flew in

from Atlanta to participate in the largest gathering so far of

Seahawks or Seattle-based players, although the workouts have been

going on informally for a couple of months.

Hasselbeck’s been the leader at many of those since he lives

year-round in the Seattle area, even though his future with the

Seahawks is unknown.

”I’m always looking for a chance to get together with the guys

I’m going to throw to,” Whitehurst said. ”I don’t know if it

matters what position you play, but the guys who came felt it was

important. Quarterbacks, obviously every opportunity we get, we’re

going to take it.”

The workouts are likely to continue at a time when the Seahawks

would normally be in the midst of minicamp and prepping for their

final month of rest before training camp in late July. No one has a

good sense of when the lockout might end, with Unger saying he’s

heard a resolution could come in two weeks and in the same breath

saying they could miss the entire season.

”It’s just weird not playing football right now,” Unger said.

”We’d normally have just less than a month of offseason and then

we’d be off till fall camp. … I don’t really know man, that stuff

is up in the air. There is a lot of red tape to cut through.”