The Seahawks' first regular-season practice of 2018 took place Monday along the shores of Lake Washington at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, and although Seattle won't be required to submit a participation report noting injuries until after Wednesday's workout, Pete Carroll did offer a few personnel updates when he met with the media following Monday's session.
Here's some of what the head coach had to say on the injury front as the Seahawks ready for their Week 1 matchup against the Broncos in Denver:
K.J. Wright underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery last week and Carroll said the "couple weeks" timeline for his return is still reasonable.
"I'll just tell you he looks great, I mean if you've seen him out here you can't even tell there's anything wrong with him," Carroll said of the Pro Bowl linebacker. "We talked about it could be a quick recovery, I'm surprised how good he looks right now. He's still got some swelling, some stuff he's working on and all that, but this is a remarkable process he's on and I don't know why they knew that he could get back in a couple weeks, but he's got a shot. We'll see."
Dion Jordan had been dealing with a stress issue on his leg and started preseason on Seattle's physically unable to perform list. The pass rusher was activated to the 53-man roster over the weekend, however, and could play as early as Sunday's game against the Broncos, said Carroll.
"We're going to see how he does during the week. We'll just go one day at a time right now," Carroll said. "It's been a while for him to get back. He's a fantastic player and contributor, so we just need to see. I just visited with him just now, he had a really good, solid first day out. He's been working really hard to get to this point or we wouldn't have been able to think like we're thinking. In rehab it's been like practice for him, so he's close. We'll see. I'm not going to be opposed to playing him this weekend."
D.J. Fluker/J.R. Sweezy
The status of right guard D.J. Fluker, who was sidelined last week with a hamstring, should become more clear in the coming days, "We'll find out later in the week," Carroll said. J.R. Sweezy, meanwhile, is filling in at the spot after battling an ankle injury in preseason.
"He took all the reps today, so he'll be ready to go by the end of the week," Carroll said of Sweezy. "He had a good week last week, we didn't play him (against the Raiders) just to make sure that we'd get to this week, and everything's worked out fine. It's such a luxury for us to have him to step up for (Fluker) if we need him. J.R. will continue, however things work out, he's going to continue to fight to start somewhere. He's going to battle to get that done. We're very lucky to have him."
Veteran tight end Ed Dickson was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list this past weekend and continues to work his way back from multiple injuries, said Carroll.
"He's had really three different things that bothered him in the process of trying to get back, all muscle-related issues and just couldn't get well," he said. "At this point he's not in shape enough, so he's going to have to get in shape in the next weeks. He'll be healed soon, but he just wouldn't have been able to catch up with us fast enough, so we'll wait a little bit longer for him and expect him to come back in whatever it is, six weeks or something like that."
Veteran cornerback Byron Maxwell, who was placed on injured reserve this past weekend, never fully recovered from a hip flexor injury that kept him out all preseason.
"He never got healthy, unfortunately just couldn't get back," Carroll said. "He got close and in the process of it he just couldn't get over it and so he just couldn't get well."
- Free safety Tedric Thompson (stinger/ribs) practiced Monday. "We gave him a little limited basis, but he's ready to go," Carroll said.
- J.D. McKissic was placed on injured reserve Monday, but the running back should be able to return to action later this year. "He'll be well, he'll be well halfway through this rehab I would think," said Carroll. "He'll be in great shape. He feels terrific already, but he'll have to wait the length of the period."
Photos from Monday's practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.