This was one statement from Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. that not even his harshest critics could find a reason to disagree.
Asked after practice Wednesday what it was like to see safety Jamal Adams back on the field along with new Seahawks defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Norton said, “It’s a beautiful thing.’’
While Dunlap took part in his first practice with Seattle since being acquired last week (wearing No. 43 with his old 96 unavailable, retired for Cortez Kennedy), Adams was on the field for just the second time since injuring his groin Sept. 27.
Adams practiced on a limited basis last Friday but did not play against the 49ers with the team feeling he had not had enough work to be able to play.
But before practice Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll said Adams is “full go’’ and “I’m really excited to tell you that.’’
Adams was listed as limited again Wednesday, but all signs point to the All-Pro safety finally making it back after missing the past four games.
“He’s ready to go,’’ Carroll said.
But several other key defenders remain out.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin did not practice while dealing with both a concussion and a hamstring injury. Carroll said Griffin was not yet cleared from the concussion but that he will be soon and said it’s the hamstring that is now the bigger issue.
Also remaining out was nickel cornerback Ugo Amadi (hamstring).
That could point to Tre Flowers getting another start against Buffalo in place of Griffin, and D.J. Reed again going at the nickel spot.
Reed, though, also was listed as out with a hamstring injury. Reed was listed with a hamstring injury prior to the 49ers game but then was able to play fully, and he might have sat out Wednesday mostly for precautionary reasons.
Another key defender still out is end Benson Mayowa, who missed the 49ers game with an ankle injury, while safety Ryan Neal was limited with a hip issue.
Top three running backs sit out, as does Greg Olsen
Also sitting out Wednesday were running backs Chris Carson (foot), Carlos Hyde (hamstring) and Travis Homer (knee).
But Carroll said he expects Homer to be able to play after seeing seven snaps against the 49ers in giving some brief rest to rookie DeeJay Dallas, who got his first start.
And Carroll said there’s a chance Carson might make it back, while saying Hyde likely won’t. Wednesday, the team officially signed Alex Collins to the practice squad. Collins was a fifth-round draft choice in 2016 who played one season for the Seahawks.
“We’ll see Chris on Friday, see how he looks, give him ’til Friday to see what we can find out,” Carroll said. “Doesn’t look like Carlos is going to make it. We got to take care of the hamstring. We brought in Alex Collins to help us out if we need it. He’s on the practice squad right now. We’ll see how he works today.
“For sure, it looks like Homer is back ready to go. That really helps us. So DeeJay did a nice job last week. He and Homer, if they handle it, we’ll be in good shape. If we have an opportunity to get Chris back out there, we’ll do that, for sure.”
Two other offensive players also sat out — tight end Greg Olsen (foot) and left guard Mike Iupati (back)
The Olsen injury is a new one, and Carroll did not mention it when he talked to the media, so it’s unclear if it’s significant. Iupati has missed the past three games and would again be replaced by Jordan Simmons if needed.
Kendricks returns to practice squad
It seemed like a little of a surprise Tuesday when the Seahawks cut veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks from the practice squad.
Turns out, the Seahawks did so because Kendricks appeared to have a chance with another team to go straight to a 53-player roster.
Instead, that fell through, and Wednesday the Seahawks re-signed Kendricks to the practice squad.
Coupled with the addition of Collins, Seattle’s practice squad is now full. There has been speculation that tight end Luke Willson, who was cut Tuesday, also could return to the practice squad at some point but to make it happen now a spot would have to be opened.
Kendricks was signed to the practice squad two weeks ago and is working his way back into football shape after suffering an ACL injury last Dec. 29 with the hope of being active for games soon, and possibly eventually back on the 53.
Kendricks started 17 games for the Seahawks in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Wagner named NFC defensive player of the week
After leading a revived Seahawks defense in a 37-27 victory over the 49ers on Sunday with 11 tackles and two sacks, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was named as the NFC defensive player of the week Wednesday.
It’s the second time Wagner has won the award, also doing so following a victory over the 49ers in 2018 in which he had a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown.
He won a player of the month award in December 2014.
Dorsett could be out ‘a couple months’
Carroll confirmed that receiver Phillip Dorsett II had surgery on his foot on Tuesday.
Carroll didn’t detail the procedure but said it could knock Dorsett out for the rest of the season.
“It will be a couple months before he gets back,” Carroll said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Seattle’s last regular-season game is Jan. 3 at San Francisco, so taken literally, that means Dorsett probably wouldn’t be able to return until the playoffs.
Dorsett has not played this season and was placed on the Injured Reserve list in September with a sore foot after signing a one-year deal in the offseason with the hope he could fill the team’s third receiver role.