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Kenneth Walker III Returns To Practice & Other Seahawks Injury Updates

Kenneth Walker Returns To Practice & Other Seahawks Injury Updates


Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll following Saturday's practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

The Seahawks returned to practice following an off day on Friday, and among those on the field Saturday was running back Kenneth Walker III, who has been out since early in camp with a groin injury.

Walker was limited in what he did on Saturday, but it was still a good sign that last year's leading rusher was back on the field in cleats.

"Kenny jumped back out today, got going," Carroll said. "He'll start picking up some reps now, which is great to see."

Also of note Saturday was the increased workload taken on by Riq Woolen, who participated in the team portion of practice for the first time since coming off the physically unable to perform list last weekend.

"You saw Tariq got out there for the first time," Carroll said. "He felt kind of rusty, I walked off with him talking about it; he was rusty, but he was really happy to be out working with the fellas again."

As Woolen works his way back into the mix, he is expected to end up back in his starting role at right cornerback, which means the competition is on between Michael Jackson and Tre Brown at left cornerback, with rookie Devon Witherspoon also possibly factoring in there when he returns from a hamstring injury—though Witherspoon has mostly been working at nickel corner of late before the injury.

"Mike and Tre will just keep on battling," Carroll said. "They're doing great, they're really having a terrific camp, both guys… It's rare to have guys competing that all can start. When we get Spoon back, we have four guys that have a chance to start. So we're in good shape there."

As for Witherspoon's injury, Carroll said they don't yet know when he'll return to practice, but that they will evaluate him again following an off day Monday.

The Seahawks continue to get positive news on receiver Cade Johnson, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center during Thursday's game as a precaution after suffering a concussion.

"He's doing much better," Carroll said of Johnson, who was released from the hospital Friday. "He had no indications of anything beyond the concussion that he had, which is a serious injury, but he's OK."


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Several other players sat out Saturday's practice due to injuries that occurred in Thursday's preseason win over the Vikings.

Receiver Dee Eskridge, who injured his knee on the opening kickoff, has what Carroll called, "a legit sprain. It's going to take a little bit for him. It could be a few weeks."

Center Olu Oluwatimi, who Carroll noted played well in his preseason debut, has "a little something in his elbow" that kept him out Saturday, Carroll said, noting the rookie might be out a couple of days.

Linebacker Jon Rhattigan didn't practice due to what Carroll called, "an elbow that's bothering him that we need to give a couple days."

Linebacker Devin Bush, who had an impressive Seahawks debut starting at inside linebacker, also sat out Saturday's action with a swollen knee.

"Devin Bush had his knee swell up a little bit after the game," Carroll said. "It's something he's never had before, so we've just got to take care of it and go slow with it. He played a really good football game, by the way. One of the real standout guys. He played really well on special teams too, which he doesn't have any experience in, he hasn't done that before. So his first time out was really impressive."

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