Former first-round pick returns to practice

Updated: October 15, 2003, 9:25 PM ET

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Defensive end Lamar King joined the Seattle Seahawks in practice Wednesday for the first time this season, putting him closer to a full return after offseason knee surgery.

"I'm just going out there, trying to get healthy and working hard," King said. "Mentally, I'm just trying to get the continuity going and get used to playing with the pads on."

King was Seattle's first-round draft pick in 1999 -- the 22nd overall selection. The Saginaw Valley State star was the first Seahawks player chosen by Mike Holmgren in his former capacity as general manager. Holmgren is now just the team's coach, rather than wearing both hats.

King's career has been limited by injuries. He played in 12 games last season before being sidelined by a microfracture in his left knee. He remains on the physically unable to perform list.

"I feel great," King said. "Last year, I was playing at a disadvantage. Now that I'm healthy, I'm just trying to put it all behind me."

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