The Seahawks will host the New York Jets on Sunday, and one player hoping to be on the field is right tackle Brandon Shell, who spent his first four seasons with the Jets before signing with Seattle this offseason.
Shell has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, but is expected to get back to practice this week with a good chance of returning to the lineup on Sunday.
"Brandon's going to work today at practice, so that's a good sign," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "We'll ease him back in. He's really anxious to get back, and it seems like he's ready to go."
In more good news on the injury front, tight end Greg Olsen is making good progress in his recovery from the foot injury that landed him on injured reserve last month. Olsen isn't back yet, but is "surprising us the way he looks already," Carroll said, keeping alive the hope for a late-season return.
"Greg's making a big turnaround, so who's to say how long it'll take," Carroll said. "We're not going to set any limits on him, he's doing some good stuff."
As for recent injuries, Jamarco Jones, who started at right tackle las week with Shell and Cedric Ogbuehi both out, left last week's game with a groin injury, while safety Ryan Neal left he game early with a hip injury. Carroll said the status of those two for this weekend likely won't be determined until the end of the week.
"It's going to take all the way to the end of the week on Ryan," Carroll said… "Jamarco, it's going to take us all week to know on Jamarco also. Neither one of those guys are out right now, but we've got to make sure that we get enough time to check them out, and I can't tell you yet."
Cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who has been on injured reserve for the past three weeks, is returning to practice Wednesday, as is running back Rashaad Penny, who has been on the physically unable to perform list, the result of a torn ACL late last season.
Asked if Dunbar would be game ready this week, Carroll said that hasn't been determined yet, and noted that the team is confident in D.J. Reed, who started at right cornerback last week, should they decide to give Dunbar another week before returning to game action.
"We'll take it one day at a time," Carroll said. "I'm really thrilled that he's back; he's worked really hard to get back out here, but we've got to see in practice and see him work and see where he is. D.J did a really nice job for us again last week, and we feel very comfortable there, so we don't have to rush Quinton back out. So we're going to hopefully bring him back in the right pace so that he can really be strong and ready to finish the season with us."
In non-injury personnel news, receiver Josh Gordon has cleared the COVID-19 protocol and can now be in the building, take part in team meetings and work out with trainers. Gordon, who has been conditionally reinstated from a suspension, can return to practice after Seattle's Week 15 game against Washington, then is eligible to play beginning with Seattle's Week 16 game against the Rams.
"Josh is in the building today for the first time, and it'll take a while before he can get active on in the practice and all that kind of stuff, but we're going through the process," Carroll said.
The plan for Gordon, who was suspended indefinitely late last season for violations of the league's policies on substances of abuse and performance enhancing drugs, is to work him hard with athletic trainers so he can be ready as soon as he's eligible to return.
"We'll be working him with our trainers, and he'll be getting in shape and all that," Carroll said. "What I've talked to Josh about is it's really important that he really bust it right now so that when he does get out, there's not a lag time of him adapting. He's got to get it done now—there's just not much time left, so he's going to work really hard with our guys to make sure he's running full speed, top speed as long as he can before he ever gets on the field so that he can maintain it once we get going, because we expect to give him a chance to help us when he's available."
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