Nine days after having surgery on his fractured hand, Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett was back on the practice field to go through the team's morning walkthrough.
And while there's a big difference between a Wednesday walkthrough and game action, it was still a very encouraging first step in Lockett's return from the injury, one he hopes will see him return to game action this weekend when the Seahawks host the Jets on Sunday.
"If you watched walkthrough, you wouldn't even know that anything was going on," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He just went through and did everything in walkthrough. We'll be careful with him in practice and make sure that we find out what his limits are, but he looked great, throwing and catching and all that stuff. So we'll see. We're going to go one day at a time, and we're not going let him work hard today at practice just because it seems crazy that you would go this quick; you don't need to. But the walkthrough was excellent, so it's a really good first sign."
Asked if Lockett experienced any pain catching the ball, Carroll said he did not, then added, "This is a remarkable story now, and he's writing it right now for us. He's not even wavering, he's not even fazed by it."
Getting Lockett back would obviously benefit the offense, but having a player of his caliber back and one who is a respected veteran leader would provide a boost on both sides of the ball, linebacker Jordyn Brooks said.
"I talked to him today, I think he's going play," Brooks said. "He's a warrior, man. His hand is swollen, he's got stitches, but he's a warrior. It's going to be a big deal for us just to see him in the locker room getting ready to play. It brings me a lot of joy knowing that he's going to be on the other side of the ball playing, trying to help us win, so I can't wait to see him play."
DK Metcalf said he would not be surprised at all to see Lockett return this week, joking he was surprised Lockett didn't try to play last week less than a week removed from surgery.
"Tyler is tough," Metcalf said. "Even after the play he hurt his finger, he was still out there running routes and trying to get the ball, so that doesn't surprise me at all."
As for other Seahawks injuries, Carroll said right tackle Abraham Lucas, who left Saturday's game with a knee injury, will get rest early in the week, but that, "he wants to play, he wants to go. What's bothering him is something he's had before, so he knows what it is and he's not worried about it."
Marquise Goodwin, who left the game with a wrist injury then later returned, "is going to rest his way through this week, some of it, and he's planning on playing," Carroll said. "We'll see what happens."
Carroll said safety Ryan Neal, who did not play last week, did some work in the morning walkthrough but would be limited at best in practice, while nose tackle Al Woods should return to practice after missing the past two games with an Achilles injury.
"Al's practicing today and he's really excited to be back," Carroll said. "He missed it enormously, and it's good to see him out there clunking around with our guys, just getting back into the rhythm of it."
Asked about Will Dissly being placed on injured reserve a day earlier, Carroll said, "He's got a really unusual injury that we've not seen before. Not that that makes it so bad, it's not that, it's just a rare injury with the top of the fibula and where connects and all that, we haven't had that situation, but it's serious enough that it's going be a bit, so that's why we have to go with the way we went."
Carroll said it's not yet known if the injury will require surgery: "That's still a question, we've got to wait and see. They want to give it a chance to heal first and see what happens, and then see, so we won't know that for a few weeks."
Seahawks players Michael Dickson, Joey Hunt, and Jalen McKenzie visited a local children's hospital to spread holiday cheer and give out some Seahawks swag items.