The Seahawks don't yet know for sure who all will return from injury for this week's game against the Carolina Panthers, but there is some encouraging news as they begin the week of practice.
Safety Earl Thomas, who missed last week's game with a hamstring injury, "is going to work today," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said prior to Wednesday's practice. "We'll see how he does. It's going to be a day-to-day thing to see how he makes it through the week. He'll be out at practice today."
Asked about DeShawn Shead, who also has a hamstring injury, Carroll said the cornerback is the same boat in terms of returning to work for Wednesday's practice.
Defensive end Michael Bennett, who has missed five games following arthroscopic knee surgery, is still on track to return this week, though Carroll cautioned that "he's got to go through practice and see if he makes it through the week and all of that."
Center Justin Britt, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury, is also expected to return this week.
"Britt looks to be in very good shape, ready to go," Carroll said. "He had a very good first walkthrough today, so I think he'll be all right, but he has to make it through, and Joey (Hunt) will be ready to go."
Among the other players who have a chance to get back this week are running back Troymaine Pope (ankle), tight end Luke Willson (knee) and defensive end Damontre Moore (foot), though Carroll noted the status of those players and several others likely won't be known until the end of the week.
"There's probably seven or eight guys who are going to have to go all the way to Saturday and to game time to figure it out," Carroll said.
Carroll said Pope "looked pretty good," in Wednesday morning's walkthrough practice. "We'll just have to see what happens. I was really surprised how quick he looked just in the walkthrough today. We'll see what happens."
On Willson, who left last week's game with a knee sprain, Carroll said, "He's talking about trying to get back this week. That's going to be an amazing turnaround if he does, but he's already running, so we'll see what happens."
And on Moore, who sustained a foot injury in Seattle's Week 11 win over Philadelphia, Carroll said, "He thinks he does (have a chance to play). Talking to him this morning, he thinks he does.
In addition to the players getting back from injury this week, the Seahawks should also get a better version of running back Thomas Rawls than the one they saw last week when he was still trying to bounce back from a heavy workload in his first game action in two months.
"I think he's just getting back," Carroll said. "I think this is preseason game No. 3 is what I really think it is," Carroll said "He had 12 carries last week. Judging from how he responded from the first game, it hit him pretty hard. He took a load. He looked better coming out today. In walkthrough, he looked like he's on the way back after the taking the first round of hits. He looks like he has endured that somewhat, and we're going to get a better week out of him. I think he was a little bit stoved up last week."
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