The Seahawks are hoping to get Devon Witherspoon back following a two-game absence due to a hip pointer injury, and while the rookie cornerback's status for Week 17 is still uncertain, he's moving around well to start the week.
"He's got a little spark to him today," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following Wednesday's walkthrough. "A little spark. When he's firing, you know it. He was bouncing around pretty good in the walkthrough, we'll see what happens in practice today. This is the first time really he's been able to show a little bit of something getting back on the field. He has wanted to and tried to. It was fun watching him out there."
Another big piece of Seattle's secondary to miss the last two games is safety Jamal Adams, who has been held out with a knee injury. Adams will return to practice, Carroll said, but it's still not known if he'll play in Sunday's game against the Steelers.
"He was in walkthrough also bouncing around," Carroll said. "He's going to practice today. It's the first time in a while we got a chance to get him out, he's had a good break, and we'll see what that means. I can't conclude anything about that, but I'm happy for him, I know he's pumped up to be back out there."
If Adams does return for Sunday's game, the Seahawks will have a decision to make at safety given how well Julian Love has played since taking over an every-down role. The Seahawks use three safeties frequently enough that the trio of Adams, Love and Quandre Diggs all can be on the field together, but asked if Adams would return to a starting role, Carroll said, "We'll see. You'll have to wait and see on that."
Linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who left Sunday's win over the Titans with an ankle injury, is "pretty sore," Carroll said. "So we've got to wait and see what happens."
Guard Damien Lewis is doing OK, Carroll said, despite limping off with the aid of an athletic trainer late in Sunday's game.
Offensive lineman Jason Peters also came out of the game with an injury.
"He had a plantar fascia injury," Carroll said. "He's getting around OK, he's getting around all right. I don't know how it's going to hold him back, we've got to wait."
The Seahawks could be adding some offensive line depth in the near future, as guard Phil Haynes is eligible to come off injured reserve this week. Haynes wasn't back for Wednesday's practice, but Carroll said the hope is to get him back on the field soon.
"He's not going today," Carroll said. "We're going to go a day at a time. We would like to get him available as soon as possible, so we're working on it. We're not quite there yet."
As for quarterback Geno Smith, who returned Sunday following a two-game absence, Carroll said Smith came out of the game in good health.
"He came out great, and he looked terrific today," Carroll said. "So he's back and going, we're over the hump."
On receiver Dee Eskridge, who has been out since Seattle's Week 12 game against the 49ers with a rib injury, Carroll said, "We know a little bit more about his injury, something else kind of showed and surfaced, so we'll be dealing with that."
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