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Ken Walker dealing with a hernia issue

After both Geno Smith and Drew Lock played in the Seahawks' preseason matchup against the Steelers, Mike Florio and Chris Simms discuss who has the edge as Seattle's QB competition continues.

The Seahawks got starting running back Rashaad Penny back to practice Tuesday. He missed the first preseason game with groin tightness.

But backup running back Ken Walker III did not practice.

Walker is dealing with a hernia issue, coach Pete Carroll said after practice.

“Ken’s got a little hernia thing that he’s working on and we’ve got to get through that,” Carroll said, via Brady Henderson of ESPN. “So, I don’t know what to tell you yet, but it’s something that we can attend to and all that. We’ve just got to make sure that he’s OK by the opener is what we’re shooting for.”

The Seahawks made Walker a second-round selection this spring. He started Saturday’s preseason opener and played 12 offensive snaps and one on special teams, rushing for 19 yards on five carries and catching one pass for 11 yards.

Carroll praised Walker last week, saying he has “turned the page” on his pass protection struggles in college.

“He could play all three downs, and we’d feel comfortable with it,” Carroll said.