Malcolm Smith returns to Seahawks practice, makes one-handed INT for touchdown

AP

It was a good day back on the job for reigning Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith.

Smith missed all offseason workouts and the start of training camp for the Seattle Seahawks after having ankle surgery this spring. After a limited workload in his first practice on Monday, Smith was ramped up to full participation in practice on Tuesday. It didn’t take long for Smith to flash the form with which he finished the 2013 season.

Smith perfectly positioned himself in the throwing lane of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and made a leaping one-handed interception that he returned 60 yards for a touchdown.

Safety Earl Thomas, linebacker K.J. Wright and other members of the Seahawks defense chased Smith into the endzone with shouts of “MVP! MVP!” trailing him for the score.

“Hopefully keep it rolling,” Smith said. “I don’t think one practice will do it all but just trying to stack some good days together.”

Smith became a key contributor on Seattle’s defense last season and became indispensable late in the year. Smith had four interceptions in the final five games the Seahawks played. His interception of a tipped pass by Richard Sherman for Michael Crabtree sealed the NFC Championship for Seattle, while his 69-yard interception of Peyton Manning and fumble recovery of Demaryius Thomas in the Super Bowl helped earn him most-valuable player honors.

Seattle has been without three of their top four linebackers for the majority of training camp. Smith is the first to return with Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner both expected back in the next couple weeks. Wagner and Irvin could both return to practice as soon as next week.

22 responses to “Malcolm Smith returns to Seahawks practice, makes one-handed INT for touchdown

  1. The pieces are coming together at the right time.

    More and more I’m starting to believe that success in the NFL depends on health, and that window of time that you can play uninjured.

    Depth is underrated, and Smith is an example of Seattle’s talented depth throughout the roster.

  2. Huh.

    But Denver was missing two players and the Hawks were only missing 18.

    A LB out of high school converted to a very productive offensive back in college then sat on the practice squad while he learned to play LB in the NFL because that’s where he wanted to play.

    Great story. Great player.

  3. I remember when Malcolm started out and was filling out for KJ Wright/Wagner I thought he was struggling playing the run. As time when on here just seemed to find himself making big plays and wow did he ever have a great playoff run. The guys is a freak athlete and I can’t wait to see the growth of him and the rest of the young linebacker group which somehow goes underrated while having number 1 defense two years running.

  4. Malcom has always been a special player and it was awesome to see him get the MVP. This year I think will showcase his speed a lot more as our LB’s are going to be featured which if your a 12 you know, we have heard it all off season. Its not gona be only about the LOB this year.

  5. Of course he did. The Seahawks are the most talented team in football. You can’t tell by watching any nfl coverage though. You’d think the broncos were champs with all their coverage.

  6. “Smith perfectly positioned himself in the throwing lane of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and made a leaping one-handed interception that he returned 60 yards for a touchdown.”

    And so did the rest of the NFC North teams that faced him…

  7. “And so did the rest of the NFC North teams that faced him…”

    Well it was the vikings…what did you expect from a vikings qb?

    And no Brett Favre is not a vikings qb…just stop.

  8. I hope Seahawks continue to be disrespected in the media. It will give them a nice chip. They play better with something to prove to themselves.

  9. and so goes the play by play…3rd and 9, Broncos’ Moreno 10 yards down field in the flat…Manning rush hard again by Avril from left end….Manning, arm back prepares to throw….Avril, forcing thru Bronco blockers….LEAPS, hitting Manning’s arm, at the last possible second….The ball tumbles towards Moreno downfield……uh-ohhhhh, it’s SMITH, dropping coverage, running right past Moreno as if he’d been frozen in time….SMITH, intercepts the pass…..It’s SMITH….he’s at the 40, the 50, the 35…..there’s no Broncos player within 10 yards of him….SMITH – SCORES!!!!!!! And the Denver Broncos only minutes from the half are down 22-0….

    A moment in time, forever etched into the memories of 12’s ev’where…..Ahhhhh man, what a fun time it wuzzzzz.

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