The Seahawks could be getting a significant weapon back on offense for this week's Divisional Round playoff game at Atlanta. Rookie running back C.J. Prosise, who has missed the past seven games since fracturing his scapula in November, will return to practice Tuesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle. That doesn't necessarily mean Prosise will play against the Falcons, but it's a step in the right direction.
"He's going to practice tomorrow, and we'll find out," Carroll said on the Brock and Salk Show. "We don't know how he'll respond to the practice, but he is going to go. We'll see how extensive that will be and we'll just take it one day at time and see. We would love to have him back and we're ready to go—we'll have no problem fitting him in."
If Prosise can return, it would only add to an offense and running game that looks to have taken a step forward in Saturday's win over the Detroit Lions. Prosise has been limited by various injuries this season, but when healthy he has proven to be a dynamic threat as a runner and a pass-catcher. In six games, two of them starts, Prosise has averaged 5.7 yards-per-carry on 30 rushes, including a 72-yard touchdown in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He also had 17 catches for 208 yards, giving him an average of 12.3 yards-per-reception.
While the Seahawks could be getting Prosise back, the status of another important member of their backfield is in question. Fullback Marcel Reese, who helped pave the way for a big rushing performance by Thomas Rawls, has a foot injury that could affect his availability for Saturday's game.
"He got stepped on and his foot was really sore during the game," Carroll said. "They thought maybe he had broken something; he did not. So we'll just see how he recovers this week."
Carroll praised the play of Reece, who joined the team last month following an eight-year career in Oakland.
"He's really a consistent player, he's smart, and he has learned over the years how things fit," Carroll said. "One of the big deals about the fullback position is fitting right. The fullback actually runs the play for the tailback and the tailback reads off of the fullback when he's leading him. So whatever cuts he makes, the tailback follows, then creates from there. Marcel has good instincts, so he fits things up really nicely. The old-style fullback of just bloodying the guy's nose, that's part of it, but that's not the part of it's that most important. We need to fit on the correct guy so we've covered up the right defender, then the running back takes off from there.
"He's a good pass catcher, he moves well, he has good instincts about the passing game, he has a good sense for it. He has a little spark out there, and there are special things we can do with him because Tom (Cable) had him in his background, and they've got some familiarity we can draw from. He has jumped in to help us right away."
Tight end Jimmy Graham, who left the game briefly after taking a hard hit, had the wind knocked out of him, Carroll said. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, who missed Saturday's game with a concussion, "is still a question mark," Carroll said. "We don't know about him yet."
Team photographer Rod Mar shares exclusive behind-the-scenes images from the Seahawks' 26-6 win over the Detroit Lions in an NFC Wild Card playoff game on Saturday, January 7 at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.