The Seahawks practiced Tuesday for the first time since Friday's preseason game in Los Angeles, and afterward head coach Pete Carroll met with the media to cover a number of topics, including the injury status of several players.
Guard D.J. Fluker sustained the most notable injury in the loss to the Chargers, dislocating a finger. Carroll said he didn't know yet if Fluker will play in this week's preseason game at Minnesota.
"I don't know that yet," Carroll said. "He's still a little bit uncomfortable. He's saying he's playing, but we'll find out."
One other player held out because of an injury sustained in that game was safety Bradley McDougald, who according to Carroll, "got a little pec strain from the game."
Also out for Tuesday's practice was receiver Amara Darboh, who was getting a scan done to evaluate what Carroll called, "a clavicle situation."
A number of players were back in action in varying degrees Tuesday, including running back Rashaad Penny, who was back on the field running, though not yet doing anything close to full work in practice. The first-round pick out of San Diego State had surgery on his finger last week.
"He's running around already," Carroll said. "He's back in terms of conditioning and moving and all that kind of stuff. We're very fortunate he's going to be able to get back right way. It's just a matter of making sure it's secure and quieted down. He'll run all week long, and he could be ready for next week, but for sure he'll be ready for the opener."
Tackle Isaiah Battle, who injured his knee in Seattle's preseason opener, was also back on the field. "It was important that we could get him back out there," Carroll said. "He had a good start to camp, then he wasn't able to do anything, but now he's back out, that's really good."
J.R. Sweezy, who sustained an injury not long after re-signing with Seattle early in camp, was back, and as Carroll noted, also saw work at left guard and not just his usual spot of right guard.
"Sweezy got out for the first time out," Carroll said. "We're excited for the first day he finally got back out. We'll just try to break him in, we'll take each day one and a time and see how far he can bring it. We're excited to see what he can do, and if you noticed, he worked over on the other side."
Doug Baldwin won't play in this week's preseason game, but he continues to build up his conditioning with an eye on a return to practice next week.
"He's doing really well," Carroll said. "He's really excited about coming back, he's running. He'll want to play next week, we'll just get him back out here (at practice) and we'll make that determination next week. But he's going to be there for the opener."
Carroll said rookie tackle Jamarco Jones' ankle surgery, "went great," but didn't have many details beyond that: "It went really well, so we have a positive thought about that."
Defensive end Dion Jordan remains on the physically unable to perform list, but is pushing for a return by the start of the regular season: "He's pushing to get back. He's working. He's trying to get back by next week. It's going to be hard, but we'll see what happens, and we'll hold out a hope that maybe there's a chance for the opener. We'll see, I don't know yet. That's probably ahead of the schedule that the docs would say, but I know what he's talking like, he's going for it, and then we'll make good decisions with the information when we get it."
Veteran tight end Ed Dickson remains sidelined, but Carroll said the hope is he can be back for the start of the regular season: "We're hoping he's going to make it back for the opener, that's what we're shooting for."
The Seahawks did get one tight end back on Tuesday, however, with undrafted rookie Clayton Wilson returning to practice from the physically unable to perform list. Carroll acknowledged that Clayton is behind having missed so much time, but said, "He has been studying and working at it the whole time, now we need to see it come to life. We have to ease him back in. We have to take it easy on him the first few days and see where he is, but he has worked really hard to get back, so he should be OK. We just can't overdo it too soon."
Seahawks Host U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen For Closest To The Pin Competition Ahead Of 2018 Boeing Classic
Following the Seahawks' Tuesday practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, professional golfer Lee Janzen joined Seattle players Austin Davis, Tyler Ott, and Nick Vannett for a closest-to-the-pin competition ahead of the 2018 Boeing Classic, which takes place this week at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Janzen placed four of his five shots on a floating green along the shores of Lake Washington, besting Vannett, who landed three of five in the area.