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Observations on the end of minicamp

RENTON, Wash. -- Here are a few observations from the final day of minicamp Thursday for the Seahawks:

Less anger: Other than a minor scuffle between running back Christine Michael and safety Jeron Johnson, the final day of minicamp was all business. It shouldn't surprise anyone, after the big brawl Wednesday, that everything was back to normal at Thursday's practice.

"We did a great job today out there," said quarterback Russell Wilson. "Our biggest thing is we compete at the highest level. We believe every rep is the most important rep we've ever taken.

"Sometimes tempers flare. Sometimes it's gets out of hand. You have some of the best players in the world going against each other. As long as we control it, it's fine."

Players who didn't practice: There may have been one victim from the fight. Wide receiver Phil Bates did not participate in practice after being involved in fisticuffs with cornerback Richard Sherman Wednesday.

Others who watched the final practice included linebackers Korey Toomer, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Horace Miller, receivers Taylor Price, Kevin Norwood, Arceto Clark and Bryan Walters, safety Dion Bailey, tight ends Cooper Helfet and Chase Dixon, and running back Marshawn Lynch.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said all of them have minor nicks and bruises. But Walters was wearing a sling after injuring his shoulder on a diving catch Wednesday.

Offensive tackle Russell Okung, linebackers Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin, and strong safety Kam Chancellor all had offseason surgery and didn't take part in any of the workouts. Wide receiver Sidney Rice, who has ACL surgery in October, ran routes in individual drills.

Carroll said all of them, with the possible exceptions being Rice and Irvin, are projected to be ready for the start of training camp next month.

Wilson loves his new receivers: Wilson can't say enough good things about rookie receivers Paul Richardson and Norwood.

"They don't look like rookies," Wilson said. "Norwood played at Alabama in some big, big games. He has great hands and great body control. Paul has electric speed and he going to make some plays for us."

Punt returners: Five players took turns fielding punts Thursday -- free safety Earl Thomas, Sherman, and receivers Percy Harvin, Richardson and Doug Baldwin.

Richardson struggled a bit, dropping one punt and bobbling another. Carroll said Walters also will field some punts, but he was out Thursday with the shoulder injury.

So who is the front runner for the job right now?

"It's going to be a great competition," Carroll said. "Earl has been back there the most, so he's in the lead position right now. Percy really feels comfortable and has looked great, and we all know what an explosion return man he can be. We have to find out who has the knack for it."

Ring night: The Seahawks received their Super Bowl rings Thursday night in a private ceremony.

"Earl and I talked about this when we were at the White House," Wilson said. "When you put that ring on your finger, it makes you want to [win the Super Bowl] again."