As the Seahawks begin preparation for their Week 8 game against the Houston Texans, Pete Carroll met with the media prior to Wednesday’s practice at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center to share a few personnel updates on his players who are recovering from injury.
On top of what Carroll had to say about defensive end Dion Jordan, who returned to practice Wednesday, here’s a look at what else the Seattle head coach relayed on the injury front to start the week:
1. “It’s Going To Be A Challenge” For Justin Britt To Make It Back This Week
Center Justin Britt, who briefly left this past Sunday’s 24-7 win over the New York Giants with an ankle injury, could have the setback challenge his gameday status this week, Carroll said, also noting Britt would not participate in Wednesday’s practice.
“We’re thinking he’s working to get back this week. It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re thinking that,” Carroll said. "We’ll know by about Friday, we’ll decide whether he can practice or not, give him a couple days here.”
2. Jeremy Lane Is “Battling To Come On Back”
Jeremy Lane has missed the Seahawks’ past two games while recovering from a groin injury, but Carroll said the Seahawks cornerback would be back on the practice field “full speed” Wednesday. Carroll added that it will be important to see how Lane responds from consecutive days of on-field work before the club is able to determine his status for Sunday’s game against Houston.
“With a guy coming off groin he’s got to go today and tomorrow and Friday and see how he recovers from those days and see if he’s ready by gameday,” Carroll said. "We don’t know that yet, but he’s battling to come on back.”
3. Michael Bennett’s “Ready To Go”
Michael Bennett was questionable heading into this past weekend’s game with a heel injury, but the defensive end saw play on 88 percent of Seattle’s defensive snaps, the most of any Seahawks defensive lineman. Carroll said Bennett came out of the game “really well" and should be ready to go this week against the Texans.
“I was shocked that he would come out after that and feel fine,” Carroll said. "He felt good coming out of the game, so he’s ready to go. He’ll be ready this week and it’s exciting.”
4. DeShawn Shead “Is In Phenomenal Shape”
Questions on Jordan’s return to practice naturally prompted intrigue on the status of DeShawn Shead, who's on the Seahawks’ Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The Seattle cornerback is eligible to return to practice, but Carroll said “there’s still a little bit of work to be done” before he does so.
“I watched DeShawn a lot last week,” Carroll said. "He is in phenomenal shape. He’s going through all of the drills and all of the work. He’s still got a little bit of work to finish the process so that everything’s balanced out and all, but he is such an extraordinary worker that he is as conditioned as can be and he’s fast and can roll. But there’s still a little bit of work to be done to make sure that he’s safe and balanced out just right. I can’t tell you what that means time-wise, but when they cut him loose for us he’s going to be ready to go because he’s really worked hard.”
5. Malik McDowell “Feels Like He’s Getting Back To Ball"
Much like the questions surrounding Jordan and Shead, the status of rookie Malik McDowell, who’s been on the team’s non-football injury list with a concussion, was also a topic of conversation Wednesday.
“He is working out,” Carroll said. "I just talked to him today and watched him run a little bit. He is doing some laps and some things. He’s getting some running in and he feels fine, he feels fine with it. There’s more things that will come in terms of evaluations to know how far and fast we can go. He’s really encouraged and that doesn’t mean anything in the immediate, like coming in the next couple weeks or anything like that, but I’m really happy for him. He feels like he’s getting back to ball, he’s coming to the meetings and he’s starting going again. So we’ll see what happens and we’re going to absolutely take care of him and wait it out and all that, but we’ll see what it means. We don’t know yet.”
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