Wide receiver Tyler Lockett, cornerback DeShawn Shead, and rookie offensive lineman Justin Senior opened the Seahawks' 2017 training camp on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, prohibiting them from taking part in any on-field activity.
In training camp, it's worth remembering that players are eligible to come off the PUP list and return to practice at any point. That rule changes during the regular season, however, where if an individual holds the PUP designation heading into Week 1 they would then be forced to miss the first six weeks of the season.
According to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, the hope is that Lockett — whose 2016 season ended with a broken leg — won't be on PUP for long. Lockett's injury required surgery, but he has been making good progress in his rehab and is running, so he has a good chance at getting back on the field quickly.
"I think this should be a very short stay there because it's something we wanted to make sure and take care of," Carroll said. "He didn't clear his physical, so that's why we placed him there to start."
Shead, last year's starter at right cornerback for the Seahawks, is further behind than Lockett in his recovery from the knee injury he suffered in Seattle's divisional round playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
"DeShawn had a minor surgery to clean something up he needed done," Carroll said of Shead's place on PUP. "He's really excited about the change that's taking place. It's just a little cartilage thing in his knee. He's thrilled about it and we should expect to see really good progress made after that."
An early return to training camp action for Shead looks unlikely and Carroll has said the team won't push him to be back by the regular season, but have not yet ruled out the possibility.
"I think it's going to accelerate it, actually," Carroll replied when asked if Shead's minor surgery should be considered a setback in his recovery. "I think it's going to help us."
Defensive end Dion Jordan, meanwhile, who was signed as a free agent this offseason from the Miami Dolphins, opened training camp on the non-football injury (NFI) list.
"He's doing good. He's doing really well coming back. It's going to be a bit before we get him back out here, but he's made a lot of progress," Carroll said of Jordan, who had another knee surgery since inking his deal with Seattle this past April. "He had a pretty challenging offseason, getting cleaned up, getting his knee right and all that. But he's done a lot of really positive things. His hopes and spirits are up. We'll see when the timing is, but I'm hoping we'll be able to do something before the end of camp for sure."
- Running back C.J. Prosise was absent from the first day of training camp with an illness, Carroll said. "He came in sick as a dog today — stomach flu. He's in good shape, ready to go, and then he just wound up sick in the morning."
Photos from the first day of 2017 Seahawks training camp practice at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.