Jamal Adams returning to the practice field after signing a four-year contract extension was the big news Tuesday at Seahawks training camp, but he wasn't the only player making his training camp debut.
Rookie receiver D'Wayne Eskridge, who opened camp on the physically able to perform list due to a toe injury, was also back in action having passed his physical. The Seahawks will ease Eskridge back into things, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the second-round pick is "in incredible shape" and that the transition now is less about getting him ready physically as it is catching him up from a learning standpoint.
And while they won't rush Eskridge back, the Seahawks should have him back for the regular-season opener, Carroll said: "He should be ready and raring to go by the opener. We're not concerned about that timeframe, it's whether or not he can make it to this game in a couple of weeks. We'd love for him to get some playtime to get started; I don't know that that can happen, and we're not going to press that."
And even if Eskridge isn't yet a full-go in practice, having him back on the field was a welcome site.
"We did see him enough (in offseason workouts) to see what he could do, and he teased the heck out of us with his early showing, so we've been really waiting," Carroll said. "(Offensive coordinator Shane Waldron)'s got a real good plan for him and how we're going to incorporate him. We're not going to overload him, but we're going to try to get him involved, and that will happen. We'll get that done."
In more positive injury news, the Seahawks learned that the foot injury sustained by Colby Parkinson will not require surgery and that he should be able to make a quick return.
"We got a really good report on Colby that he's not in need of surgery at this point," Carroll said. "They have a couple things that they've done, a couple of treatments that they've done to help them, and we're hopeful. We're hopeful he can get back a couple weeks, so we'll see how that goes. At one point we thought it might be much longer than that."
Also returning to practice after missing the preseason opener and practice time leading up to it were cornerback Damarious Randall, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, running back Rashaad Penny, and tackle Jamarco Jones.
As for those not practicing Tuesday, here is what Carroll had to say.
- WR Tyler Lockett (soreness): "We're just making sure he's clearly all the way back. He really can run right now and he's done some stuff, but we just want to make sure that—he has a sore groin, just a little bit of soreness, he didn't have a strain, but just some soreness. We're just going see it through."
- Quarterback Geno Smith (concussion): "He took a real hit that's still affecting him a bit. He wasn't here today, we left him home today. He's still recovering. Unfortunately he got popped really hard.
- DB Marquise Blair (soreness): "He's got some soreness that we're trying to work our way through. It's soreness in his kneecap that's not part of the structure of it. We just don't want to push him to a point where it gets nagging and it's a chronic deal, so we're going to wait him out a little bit."
- CB D.J. Reed (groin): "He probably won't make it back this week on the field, but we're hopeful it's soon after that. Maybe at the end of the week he gets some work, and early next week for sure."
- Tackles Cedric Ogbuehi (biceps) and Tommy Champion (groin) are both "making good progress," Carroll said, noting Champion should be back on the practice field soon.