The Seahawks started their practice week a day early in order to allow players a day off for Thanksgiving, and they returned to action well rested and fairly healthy following a long weekend off having played on Thursday night in Week 11.
Because they’re starting the week a day early, the Seahawks aren’t required to put out a practice report for Tuesday, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did give a few updates on his team’s health prior to practice.
Linebacker K.J. Wright, who was held out of last week’s game with a knee injury, “Is still working to get back,” Carroll said. “We really can’t talk injuries yet today, because we don’t need to, but I’ll say with K.J., he’s working his way back.”
The news is more definitive—not to mention positive—on receiver Doug Baldwin, who said following last week’s game that he is feeling better than he has all year after battling multiple knee injuries, an elbow injury and a groin injury so far this season.
“He feels great,” Carroll said. “He really feels great and I talked to him this morning. He really feels the best he's felt. He really doesn't have any concerns right now at all so he's practicing hard and working hard and really energized by that.”
Carroll also said running back Rashaad Penny is fine after briefly leaving last week’s game with an ankle injury before returning to action.
“He was OK,” Carroll said. “Once he got back, he was fine.”
Running back J.D. McKissic, who has been on injured reserve with a foot injury, did return to practice this week, and after seeing him go through Tuesday’s walk-thru, Carroll said, “He looks like he’s as quick as ever and jumping back in there. We’re excited to see him.”
McKissic’s return triggers a three-week clock for the Seahawks to either make a move to get him on the 53-man roster or leave him on IR for the rest of the season, and Carroll said that decision won’t be rushed.
“We’re not quite sure what it is yet, because we’re going to play it by ear and see how he does,” Carroll said. “He has been working out real hard to get to this point. We’re not going to rush it after all of this time. We’re going to make sure he’s well and strong and all that. I know he’s going to look flashy and all, but we’ve got to make sure we make a good decision on that. We won’t really know until we go through the week, then we’ll take it one week at a time.”
Practice photos from the Seahawks' Tuesday workout at Virginia Mason Athletic Center ahead of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.