Seahawks players will get an extra day off this week due to their upcoming Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers, but when they do return to practice on Thursday, they’re expecting to have two recent acquisitions on the field.
Receiver Josh Gordon, who was claimed off of waivers on Friday, and safety Quandre Diggs, who has missed two games with a hamstring injury since being acquired in a trade, will both practice this week with the hope that they can be ready for Monday’s game.
Gordon was placed on injured reserve by the New England Patriots last month, but was released last week, indicating he is healthy, and Carroll confirmed that the former All-Pro “has been cleared to go, he’s ready to go. So on Thursday when we get rolling again, he’ll be going. He’s in the building studying and all that, getting ready, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Asked about his initial conversations with Gordon, Carroll said, “He’s really clear, excited to be here. We had a good conversation on a lot of topics in a short time. He met with the coaches and all that. He’s bright, sharp, ready to learn, humble, looking for the opportunity to make something happen to help he club. He seemingly had his sights on getting here, so that’s a good thing.”
What Carroll isn’t doing for now is putting any specific expectations on Gordon, a uniquely talented receiver who’s playing time has been limited over the past few seasons due to multiple suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
“I’m just waiting to see him,” Carroll said. “I’ve seen him on film and he looks pretty special—he has a good history of making plays and all that—but I want to see him when he mixes with our guys and really just take it one step at a time with no expectations of how much he would contribute or play or whatever, I’m just going to see what happens.”
As for Diggs, the former Lions safety came to the Seahawks dealing with a hamstring injury that Carroll said Friday was more serious than the team realized. That caused him to miss his first two games as a Seahawk, but the Seahawks are hoping he can practice fully this week.
“We’re anticipating he’s going to practice and go full-go, and we’ll see what happens with that,” Carroll said. “We’ll just take it one day at a time. But we’re really excited to finally get him out there—he really hasn’t had a chance to do anything yet. He barely started a little bit the first couple of days he was here, but never even ran full speed. But he has worked out this past week in order that the trainers are letting him go.”
The Seahawks started Bradley McDougald and Marquise Blair at safety this week, and Carroll said it’s too soon to know how Diggs will factor in at safety once he’s ready to play.
“We’ll see,” Carroll said. “We’ll see during the week. I don’t have anything to go on right now other than the film I’ve watched. But I’m really excited to see him, because I like the way he plays, so we’ll just wait and see.”
The Seahawks could also be welcoming tight end Ed Dickson back for Monday’s game, though that decision likely won’t come until late in the week. Dickson returned to practice from injured reserve last week, but was not activated for Sunday’s game.
“He’s working, he made it through the week OK,” Carroll said. “He did everything, but I think it’s important for him to get another week and get through it and build on it, because he has been out for so long. Football shape is unique and you can’t simulate it until you get out there and really go for it. So I’m going to make sure that when Eddie’s back out there, he’s out there and really solid and confident and all of that. So we’ll see what happens this week; he can definitely contribute to it though.”
Dickson’s return would be a welcome one for the Seahawks, who currently have only two tight ends on the roster, Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister, along with tackle George Fant, who sees playing time as a blocking tight end/sixth lineman. Willson also missed part of Sunday’s game with a rib injury though he was eventually able to return. Carroll said the veteran tight end plans on playing this week despite an uncomfortable injury.
“Luke was banged up yesterday in that game and made it through it just in enormously courageous fashion,” Carroll said. “He was hurt and just stuck it out anyway… He says he is (playing). I believe Luke. Whatever he says, I’m going with.”
This week is also the deadline for the Seahawks to decide on the status on rookies Phil Haynes and Demarcus Christmas, both of whom started the year on the physically unable to perform list. They both returned to practice after Seattle’s Week 6 game, meaning they have to either be added to the 53-man roster or remain on the PUP list for the rest of the year.
Carroll said they have not yet made a decision on either player: “I’m just going to wait and see, none of that is decided yet.”
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