(Eds: With AP Photos.) By CURTIS CRABTREE Associated Press After two seasons lost largely to knee injuries, James Carpenter is finally healthy and ready to prove he was worthy of the Seattle Seahawks selecting him with a first-round draft pick.
The potential is obvious.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, Carpenter offers the kind of size no other lineman on Seattle's roster does. No one can physically impose his will on an opposing player quite like Carpenter can when healthy. But knee injuries have reduced that potential to merely a massive tease through his first two seasons in the league.
''He's quick as a cat. Big dude, too ... strong. But I don't know. It's almost been two years minus a couple snaps last year that he wasn't really healthy for. So we'll see,'' center Max Unger said.
Carpenter feels he's finally ready to prove what he can be. He says he's 100-percent healthy and no longer has worries over the strength of his injured knee.
''I've been hurt both years so I pla...