From what head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday, it sounds as if the Seahawks are expected to be without rookie running back C.J. Prosise for this week's Wild Card playoff game against the Detroit Lions at CenturyLink Field. But should Seattle advance to the NFC's divisional round, Prosise, who's missed the team's past six games with a shoulder injury, might have a chance to return in time.
"A very encouraging report today," Carroll said of Prosise during his Tuesday afternoon press conference at Seahawks headquarters. "He had a CT scan that was really positive and he's working hard and running hard. We're going to see what happens. If we have the good fortune of winning this week then we'll take a look at next week.
"He's going to run really hard this week with the thought that he's going to practice next week. That's what we're going to see and we'll see."
As Carroll said yesterday, Prosise has been "so obviously a factor" when healthy, carrying 30 times for 172 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown run. He's also made 17 catches for 208 yards in the passing game and has led the team in receiving on two separate occasions this season. Should the Seahawks advance to the next round of the playoffs to face the No. 2-seeded Atlanta Falcons, Prosise, if available, could provide a boost to a Seattle offense and ground attack that is still working to find the type of consistency it likes.
"If we can give him that opportunity," Carroll added of Prosise's potential return to practice next week. "That'd be great."
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