Three critical observations from Seattle Seahawks mock game

The team its only scheduled mock game for 2023 training camp on Friday.
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Injuries are already a concern for the Seahawks

The Seahawks have already had running backs Kenneth Walker III (groin) and Zach Charbonnet (shoulder), the presumed RB1 and RB2 in Seattle's running back rotation this season, miss valuable training camp rep with injuries. Walker and Charbonnet didn't participate in the mock game on Friday either. But there is good news on both those guys as Charbonnet is expected back at practice on Sunday and Walker should be ready well before Week 1 in September.

But Seattle has also been cursed with running back injuries over the last several seasons. Having Walker and Charbonnet miss time already due to non-contact issues does not bode well once opposing defenses are trying to crunch the running backs. At least seventh-round 2023 draft pick Kenny McIntosh had looked good in practice in Walker and Charbonnet's absences.

But during the mock game on Friday, McIntosh got injured. He was carrying the ball when backup edge rusher Levi Bell hit him hard enough for McIntosh to fumble. The play also caused McIntosh to land awkwardly and he had to leave the field and go into the medical tent. McIntosh returned to the sidelines but his knee was heavily wrapped. Head coach Pete Carroll said afterward that the injury was a knee sprain but more testing will need to be done.

Receiver Dareke Young is battling to be WR4, and after Dee Eskridge's six-game suspension was announced on Friday, Young was in an even better position to take that spot, missed practice with what Carroll said was a sports hernia-type injury in his hip. Young might be able to come back sooner than later, but there is no real timetable for his return and the team is hoping simple rest helps Young.