The Seahawks were back on the practice field Wednesday to begin preparation for their Week 16 game in Tennessee, and they kicked off their practice week with quarterback Geno Smith a "full go," as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll put it.
That's a very positive development for Seattle's starting quarterback, who has missed the past two games with a groin injury, and while it doesn't guarantee Smith will be ready to start on Sunday, it's a sign he is trending in the right direction.
"Geno will come back to practice, he's going to practice today and go full go, and we'll see how that works," Carroll said. "That's exciting for us."
For Smith to play this week, Carroll said, "He's got to go through today and see how he is tomorrow, just do that like anybody else that's coming back, but we're really encouraged that he's going to be all right. We won't overtax him during the week either."
In other injury news, Carroll said rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon, who missed Monday's game with a hip pointer injury, is improving, but wasn't expected to practice Wednesday.
"We're going to take it one day at a time, we don't know yet," Carroll said. "He's much better, he's moving around better just getting around the building, but don't know what's going to happen during the week with him, so we'll just have to take it one day at a time."
Safety Jamal Adams, who was held out of last week's game due to the lingering knee issues that he's been dealing with all season since returning from last year's torn quadriceps tendon, is "still in recovery mode" Carroll said, and will not practice Wednesday.
"He's still in recovery mode," Carroll said. "He's been in recovery mode for months. But he just continues to do everything he can possibly do to try to get right and get back, and we've just seen that the rigors of the season, it has just been taxing and all. Every day is a day that we have to reevaluate and see if we can get him to the next day and all. He couldn't do more than he's done, he's been ferocious about the attack on this, and then there are times when we need to quiet him and try to get him active and try to get him right and all that. So we're still in that mode right now. I just talked to him a little bit ago, and today is not the day to go, he's not ready for this day. We're just one day at a time. I admire everything about how he's dealt with this and handled it. It's a difficult injury, it's different than knee surgery. It's a different case for him, so it's just taken a really long time, and it's been really frustrating for him. But he's battling, he's doing everything he can to compete to get right."
Asked about the possibility of Adams being shut down for the rest of the season to let his knee get healthy, Carroll said, "It's been something that we have acknowledged, that's a decision, but so far he's wanted to keep going and driving and see what he can make of it. I just support everything where he's coming from, in every way. So we'll take it one shot at a time, and we'll figure it out together."
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