Two of the Seahawks' top defensive players continue to make positive steps in their comebacks from injuries, with linebacker Jordyn Brooks practicing at full speed, and with safety Jamal Adams potentially coming off the physically unable to perform list this week, possibly as soon as Wednesday.
Brooks, who tore his ACL late last season in a Week 17 win over the Jets, came off the PUP list last week, but only took part in walkthroughs. After seeing Brooks get through pregame warmups on Saturday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the fourth-year linebacker could be back to practicing normally this week, and sure enough, Brooks was out there with the rest of the defense during the 11-on-11 team portion of practice.
"Isn't that great? It's so good," Carroll said of Brooks being back at practice. "And he felt so good about being back out playing football. He's worked really, really hard to get back, and he has proven to the trainers and the docs and everybody that there's no question that he can get back on the field now."
While Brooks won't play in Saturday's preseason finale in Green Bay, he is on track to make it back for the season opener against the Rams.
"With three weeks to go before the season—this week, next week and the following (game) prep week—he's going to be ready to play, I would think, for sure," Carroll said. "I can't imagine him not unless there's a setback. It really just warms your heart to see. It's a long haul from the time they tell you knee surgery, it's going to take six, seven, eight months or whatever, to make it through with the attitude that he's had, and the work ethic has just been stellar. That's why he's out here. He's out here running around just like everybody else right now, and I love seeing that he's so fired up about that thought."
Adams, meanwhile, is close to coming off the PUP list, a significant next step in his comeback from the torn quadriceps tendon that ended his 2022 season in the first half of the season opener. Carroll said he and Adams have been discussing the safety's return, and that he could return to walkthroughs as soon as Wednesday, though as was the case with other players who have come off the PUP list during camp such as Brooks, Riq Woolen and Noah Fant, Adams would likely do walkthroughs only for a bit before returning to full-speed practice.
"It's in our conversation right now," Carroll said when asked about Adams coming off the PUP list. "There's a chance we'll have him back out here tomorrow. So that's a big step for him to go forward, but it isn't a step that means he's going to be back out practicing yet. We want to get him in the flow, again, looking at the weeks we have to build up and the preparation time. He's ready to do that, and I brought it up to him and he responded really well, so I think probably tomorrow or the next we'll get that done."
The Seahawks return to practice following their preseason week 2 win over the Dallas Cowboys.