Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen is returning to practice this week less than a month after he went on injured reserve with a foot injury.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it's too soon to know if Olsen will play this week or not, but the comeback has been an impressive one nonetheless.
"He's made an extraordinary recovery to get to this right now," Carroll said. "So we're going to practice him during the week and see what happens, see how he does."
Asked if Olsen could play this weekend against Washington, Carroll said. "It's possible… We'll see. We don't have any idea. He's been working out with the guys. We've got to see how he does on the practice field."
Regardless of whether Olsen is back on the field Sunday or in the next couple of weeks, his determination to bounce back so quickly in his 14th NFL season, particularly when lucrative TV gigs are awaiting him in retirement, has made an impression on his head coach.
"He's the real deal," Carroll said. "He's such a great football player. He loves this game so much. He loves competing so much. I mean, there is no space other than he is the top of the list in all of those character principles about who he is and what he's all about and what you can expect from him. He's amazing. I don't even know how he got well this fast. I don't have a clue how that happened, but he did. He's dying to play right now. He just wants to get out there—he's a perfect competitor to have in your club."
In addition to Olsen getting back, here are a few more updates from Carroll:
CB Quinton Dunbar
Dunbar returned to practice last week but was not yet ready for game action. That could come this week against his former team, but Carroll said, "I've got to see how he works during the week and all that, but I'm hoping he will be available."
RT Brandon Shell
Shell returned from a two-game absence last week, but aggravated his ankle injury and couldn't finish the game. He won't practice Wednesday, but the hope is that he can still play on Sunday.
"That's where we are right now," Carroll said of hoping Shell can play this week. "But we'll have to wait until the end of the week to see how it develops, we can't call it now. We won't practice him today."
DE Darrell Taylor
Taylor, a second-round pick in this year's draft, has been on the non-football injury list all year. Carroll hasn't ruled out a late-season return, but acknowledged that there aren't a lot of weeks left for Taylor to get back.
"We're really running out of time," Carroll said. "Next week is really the last shot for us to get a chance, and he'll have to jump out then. The treatment that he went through does kind of culminate this week, and we'll see what that means. I don't mean to give you any hope at this point other than we've just got to wait and see, but it's not too late. Fortunately we might have some more games to play if we're fortunate enough, and we'd love to have him available."
WR Josh Gordon
Gordon isn't coming off of an injury, but rather returning from a year-long suspension, and he's in hurry-up mode to get ready when he's eligible to return in Week 16. Gordon was able to return to the team earlier this month for individual workouts and meetings, but can't practice until next week. The hope, Carroll said, is to get him ready to the point that he can help the team right away.
"Josh's workouts are going great," Carroll said. "He's really fit, he feels really good. He feels like he's ready to jump on a practice field. He'll have all of this week, and then he'll be available to us next week. This is a really important week for him to finish it up—he needs to be game speed and game tempo and conditioning and all that, and a lot to ask, but that's what we're asking. So he's working like crazy. Ever since we have a chance, we've really stepped it up for him to make sure that he's challenged by that."
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