After getting Carlos Hyde back on the field last week, the Seahawks welcomed Chris Carson to the practice field Tuesday, and the running-back position appears on track to return to normal for the first time in a month.
Coach Pete Carroll said Carson was able to do “all the regular practice stuff” Tuesday, his most significant work since suffering a mid-foot sprain against Arizona on Oct. 25, calling it “a good sign.”
Carson has missed the past four games, during which time Seattle gave two starts at tailback to rookie DeeJay Dallas and one each to Alex Collins and Hyde.
Hyde (hamstring) also was injured in the first game against Arizona but returned for the rematch last Thursday. He had 79 yards on 14 carries to help key a 28-21 Seattle victory.
With Carson returning, the Seahawks hope to have their top two backs on the field Monday night at Philadelphia, something they have had only four times in 10 games, Hyde having missed two other games because of a shoulder injury.
Carson remains Seattle’s leading rusher among running backs with 323 yards, averaging 4.9 yards a carry (quarterback Russell Wilson is the leading rusher among all players with 367 yards).
But it feels sadly fitting given the way Seattle’s running-back position has gone the past few years, that just as Carson returns to health two others are dealing with injuries.
Carroll said Bo Scarbrough, who was elevated off the practice squad and had 31 yards on six carries Thursday night, needs surgery after tearing his hamstring late in the game. He was placed on injured reserve Monday, which means he must miss at least three games, but surgery indicates he’ll be sidelined long term.
Carroll also said Travis Homer has “something going on with his wrist” that might take some time to heal.
Homer was inactive Thursday, with Dallas filling the third-down/two-minute role instead, and Dallas appears likely to continue to serve in that capacity.
Collins also remains on the practice squad, and the team can elevate him one more time if needed. But with Carson, Hyde and Dallas, the Seahawks should have a regular rotation for Monday ready to go.
What Seattle won’t have yet is Rashaad Penny, the team’s 2018 first-round draft choice.
Carroll said Tuesday that Penny will need at least one more week before he is ready to return to practice. Penny suffered an ACL injury Dec. 8 at Los Angeles against the Rams.
Carroll said there’s “a really good chance” Penny will return to practice next week.
For now, Penny remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Pocic, Griffin return; Shell uncertain
Carroll said center Ethan Pocic (concussion) and cornerback Shaquill Griffin (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday.
Pocic has been out the past two games, and Griffin has missed the past four.
But the Seahawks might be without right tackle Brandon Shell on Monday. He suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Cardinals.
Carroll said Shell was “still hobbling a little bit” Tuesday and added whether he plays against the Eagles will “be a close call.”
Cedric Ogbuehi filled in for Shell at right tackle for the final 11 snaps against Arizona and could get the call against the Eagles.
Parkinson to join rotation
The Seahawks on Monday placed veteran tight end Greg Olsen on injured reserve because of a plantar fascia foot injury.
Carroll said he hopes it’s a four- to six-week injury. Olsen suffered a similar injury to his right foot two years ago — the injury this time is to his left foot.
“He’s been through this before; he knows what he’s into and all that, so he’ll know the most as it gets going,” Carroll said. “He’s still pretty sore.”
Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister will handle more of the tight-end duties with Olsen out. But Carroll said rookie Colby Parkinson will be active on game days. The fourth-round choice from Stanford has played in one game this season — the final three kneel-down snaps against the 49ers — after missing the first six weeks because of a broken foot.
“Colby is going right into the rotation,” Carroll said. “We’re going to just throw him in there to make sure that everybody’s fresh and all that. He’s gonna just play. So I’m not gonna hesitate.”
- Carroll said rookie Stephen Sullivan had surgery on his hip — he called it an “athletic hernia thing” — and will miss the rest of the season. Sullivan was placed on IR on Monday off the practice squad. Sullivan, a seventh-round choice out of Louisiana State as a tight end, memorably was switched to defensive end this year and played 22 snaps against the 49ers. But Carroll said Sullivan will go back to offense next year. “We’ll get him fixed up, and he’ll have a great offseason hopefully for us,” Carroll said.
- Carroll had said last week the hope was that rookie second-round choice Darrell Taylor would be able to practice this week. He has yet to practice while rehabbing from surgery to have a titanium rod placed in his leg to repair a stress fracture. Carroll said the team is waiting on one more doctor’s report before he can get cleared.
- Carroll said it’s unclear if defensive tackle Bryan Mone will make it back this season from an ankle injury. The Seahawks on Monday signed veteran Damon “Snacks” Harrison to the 53-player roster off the practice squad to take Mone’s spot.
- The Seahawks got a visit Tuesday from 2019 fourth-round choice Gary Jennings, according to the NFL transactions wire. Seattle has two openings on its 16-player practice squad after placing Scarbrough and Sullivan on IR, and Jennings, a wide receiver, could be a candidate for one of those spots.