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Russell Wilson once again performed at the Seahawks

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is having an impressive week.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is having an impressive week.

RENTON, Wash. — After a day off, the Seattle Seahawks were back on the practice field Wednesday. Here’s what stood out.

Russell Wilson was on fire — again.

Wilson has put together a tremendous stretch of practices. He’s spreading the ball around to all his weapons and demonstrating pinpoint accuracy. Early on, off play-action, Doug Baldwin got behind Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, and Wilson hit him for a 60-yard touchdown.

Later, Wilson fielded a high snap, gathered himself and lofted a ball down the right sideline for Tyler Lockett. Lockett, who was participating in team drills for the first time, beat Neiko Thorpe on a go route, and the pass landed perfectly in his hands for a big gain.

Wilson and Jimmy Graham have consistently been working on the fade in the red zone. They connected again today, with Graham beating Thorpe for a touchdown and emphatically spiking the ball afterwards.

During 11-on-11s, Wilson scrambled to his right and launched a pass 60 yards in the air downfield to Thomas Rawls for a touchdown.

On another play, wide receiver David Moore had a defender draped on his back in the end zone near the pylon, and Wilson gunned a ball where only Moore could catch it for another score.

Wilson has had an impressive week of practices.

Shaquill Griffin flashed his play-making ability.

Griffin jumped an out route near the left sideline and intercepted Wilson for a pick-six. Griffin is getting all the reps at right cornerback with Jeremy Lane sidelined, and he’s developing nicely.

“We have never had a guy that runs this fast that is this big,” Pete Carroll said earlier this week. “So right now it is all about technique, and he has no problem with it.”

Griffin’s 4.38 speed was on full display as he raced towards the end zone after the pick. He figures to see plenty of work in the preseason and has a chance to carve out a role for himself as a rookie.

Bobby Wagner shows off his athleticism.

On one Wilson scramble, Wagner found himself downfield on the left sideline matched up with Baldwin. Wagner stayed with the wide receiver and knocked down Wilson’s throw for a pass breakup.

Wagner doesn’t get as much attention as his teammates, but he’s been as good as usual this camp. During blitz pickup drills, no running back can handle him.

The Seahawks credited Wagner with 18 quarterback hurries last year, fourth-most on the team behind Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Frank Clark. He gets everyone lined up, is tremendous against the run, good in coverage and an outstanding pass-rusher.

Wagner is in line for another monster season.

Extra points.

Germain Ifedi and Frank Clark both returned to practice. Ifedi is competing for the starting right tackle job with Ethan Pocic, Carroll said. … Carroll pretty much declared after practice that undrafted free agent offensive lineman Jordan Roos is going to be on the 53-man roster. … With Malik McDowell sidelined, the Seahawks will look for different players to provide interior pass-rush. Rookie Nazair Jones batted down a pass today, and Quinton Jefferson will compete for playing time in that role as well. … Eddie Lacy seemed to have one of his better days of practice, breaking a couple long runs.

Seahawks GM on Richard Sherman trade talks: ‘We’ve opened that door’

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider confirmed Wednesday that the team has discussed trading cornerback Richard Sherman.

“What you’ve seen lately in the news is real,” Schneider said on the “Brock and Salk” show on 710 ESPN Seattle. “That’s on both sides. It’s just open communication. He knows what’s going on. We know what’s going on.

“I don’t know if anything would ever happen. But like I tell people all the time, 98 percent of the things we’re involved with, we don’t follow through with. But at least we’ve opened that door, gone down the road and seen what’s behind door A or door B.”

Schneider said the trade conversations began in February at the combine in Indianapolis. He said he’s spoken to Sherman about the situation.

“This isn’t a secret like it just came out of nowhere,” Schneider said. “People find things out, and we’re not going to lie to each other. We’re not going to BS each other. It’s going to be all laid out.”

Sherman said last week to 710 ESPN Seattle: “I wouldn’t want to leave this city and my guys, but I understand it’s a business and organizational philosophies change.”

Sherman, 29, had two sideline blowups last season that were directed at coaches. The first involved defensive coordinator Kris Richard after the defense gave up a big play in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons.

In Week 15, when the Seahawks attempted a pass play from the Los Angeles Rams’ 1-yard line, Sherman went off on Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Afterward, Sherman did not back down, referencing the team’s Super Bowl XLIX loss in which Russell Wilson was intercepted in a similar situation.

At the owners’ meetings in Phoenix last week, coach Pete Carroll said that the team has taken calls on Sherman.

“There have been some teams that have called, and so we’ve talked about it,” Carroll said. “But he’s extremely important to our football team. I don’t see anything happening at all.”

Sherman has two years remaining on his contract. He is due $11.431 million guaranteed in 2017 and $11 million in 2018. Sherman has never missed a game in his six-year NFL career and has made the Pro Bowl four seasons in a row.

Seahawks release struggling RB Christine Michael

The Seattle Seahawks have waived running back Christine Michael, the team announced on Tuesday.

Michael started seven games this season, running 117 times for 469 yards (4.0 YPC). With Thomas Rawls having suffered a fibula injury in Week 2, Michael had a chance to resurrect his career but was never able to get going.

In Week 9, rookie C.J. Prosise played more snaps than Michael, and Sunday against the New England Patriots, Prosise got the start.

Michael popped up on the injury report last Friday with a hamstring injury and was listed as questionable. He dressed for the game but played only 11 snaps.

Asked about Michael’s injury Monday, Pete Carroll said simply, “He’s fine.”

Michael was originally a second-round pick by the Seahawks in 2010. After two seasons in Seattle, the team traded him to the Dallas Cowboys. Michael was released by the Cowboys during last season and caught on with the Washington Redskins before returning to Seattle for the final three games.

He was a free agent in the offseason and ended up signing a one-year, $765,000 deal to return to Seattle.

During the summer, coaches and teammates raved about Michael making the most of his second chance. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell described Michael’s new attitude as “an awakening.” But he was unable to take full advantage of his opportunity.

Prosise had 24 touches for 153 yards last week and figures to play a big role going forward. The Seahawks are also expecting to get Rawls back in Week 11.

“With C.J., the versatility of all the things he seems to be able to do at this point, and knowing that there’s a real style to Thomas that we’re really looking forward to seeing, it could be a real nice matchup,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how that works.”

The Seahawks have running back Alex Collins on their roster and Troymaine Pope on the practice squad as well.

The team also waived nose tackle Sealver Siliga and signed defensive lineman John Jenkins, who was recently released by the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks currently have one open spot on their 53-man roster.

Pete Carroll thinks Rex Ryan should just coach his own team

SEATTLE — After his interception in the third quarter Monday night, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman stared down the Buffalo Bills’ sideline and drew the ire of Bills coach Rex Ryan.

“I had some words,” Ryan said afterward. “I think I said, ‘You’re too good of a player to act like an ass.’ I think that’s what I said.”

During his weekly appearance on the “Brock and Salk” show on 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked about Ryan’s comments.

“I just wish he’d coach his own team,” Carroll said. “Just coach your own guys.”

“As a matter of fact I do coach my own guys and I’m proud of the team that I coach,” Ryan responded on a conference call on Tuesday. “We haven’t had the results that we shoot for every time but I’m proud of this group and yeah, I have no problem.

“I do coach my own guys but I forgot, I guess I should have asked Pete when somebody asked me a question about one of his players, I should have asked Pete about the appropriate response I guess.”

In a bizarre sequence at the end of the first half, Sherman jumped offside on a Bills field goal attempt and brought down kicker Dan Carpenter.

NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said that Sherman should have been penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play, but no flag was thrown. The NFL has said that it will review the performance of referee Walt Anderson and his officiating crew. The crew will not work a game Week 10, but a league source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that those assignments were predetermined before the season started.

“That guy [Carpenter], he hams it up a little bit, too, which made it bad,” Carroll said. “But he was able to play that same play, fortunately.”

Carroll said the officials should have blown the whistle and ruled that Sherman was unabated to the quarterback.

“Then if a guy comes off the edge, they blow the whistle, and he comes and drills the quarterback, then they give you unnecessary roughness,” Carroll said. “That’s what the call should have been in that case.”

Sherman said after the game that he didn’t hear the whistle and noted that Carpenter continued on trying to kick the ball.

“He should avoid the contact if he hears the whistle,” Carroll said. “Otherwise he plays the play out.”

The Bills weren’t ready to let the controversy go on Tuesday. They tweeted a picture of the collision, the words “For all those in need of clarification…” and an excerpt from the NFL rulebook on unnecessary roughness.