Three return to Seahawks defensive line

Three return to Seahawks defensive line

The M*A*S*H unit that is the Seahawks defensive line got a big boost today when three players saw their first action of training camp. DE Grant Wistrom, DE Joe Tafoya and DT Rocky Bernard took part in camp and Bernard spoke to the media following his first workout of camp.

"It was good" Bernard told the assembled reporters. "Just being back out here with the guys and getting back into the swing of things. Guys were happy about going through individuals because the line was a little bit longer. It felt good though."

Bernard finished 2005 with 8.5 sacks from his interior spot – good for second in the NFL for interior defensive linemen – and he is seen as an integral cog to one of the deepest defensive lines in the league.

Following Seattle's Super Bowl run, Bernard had a problem with his knee, but the hope was it was just a little swelling. After that swelling didn't go away, Bernard and the Seahawks' medical staff decided to have surgery.

Shortly after his first workout with the team, Bernard talked about how the joint was feeling after his first practice.

"It was something that was bothering me towards the end of last season and it didn't get any better in the offseason so I had to have surgery (in May)," Bernard said. "I had a lot of swelling, but it feels good now.

And missing practice is not something the former Texas A&M Aggie wants to do.

"It was difficult," Bernard admitted. "You see all your teammates out there practicing and you want to get back out and get back to work. It feels good. Everybody's been kind of teasing us that we're taking off a little bit, but it's alright."

Wistrom and Tafoya also project as key players along the line. Wistrom is the starting right defensive end and his non-stop motor energizes the line. He finished with four sacks and 52 tackles.

Tafoya has been a key part of the end rotation the team likes to employ. He appeared in 15 games and contributed one sack and 14 tackles in a supporting role. Tafoya is also a very good special teams player.

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