RENTON – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said fullback Marcel Reece is practicing Tuesday and “in good shape” after hurting his foot in the team’s wild-card win over Detroit. Carroll added that Reece has “bounced back very quickly,” which bodes well for his chances of playing Saturday in the team’s divisional-round game at Atlanta.
That was the most significant injury update Carroll shared during his press conference, again moved up a day this week with another Saturday game. He also said the status of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel is still uncertain after missing last week’s game with a concussion.
Reece said he hurt his foot in the first quarter against Detroit, “but there was no way I was coming out, I was going to do everything I can to help the team. That was that.” He was on the field for 33 of 73 offensive snaps (45 percent) – by far the highest percentage for a Seahawks fullback in any game this season – as Seattle went with more two-running-back sets than normal while racking up 177 yards on the ground and averaging 4.7 per carry.
That Reece is practicing Tuesday is a good sign for his availability, but he stopped well short of saying that it’s a sure indication that he’ll play.
“I don’t necessarily, I like to see looks and Coach Carroll said we’re going to see how the week goes, and we’re just going to do that,” Rees said. “I’m going to just trust the training staff, trust the doctors, trust Coach and give them my honest opinion and how I feel and go from there. We never know what’s going to happen.”
If Reece does play, Seattle’s backfield has a chance to be whole Saturday for the first time in a long time. Rookie tailback C.J. Prosise has been out since fracturing his scapula in Week 11 and is practicing this week in the hopes of playing Saturday. But that, too, is far from a certainty.
“He’s gonna work through the week. He was out there in the walk-through today and will get to practice this afternoon to see what he can do,” Carroll said. “Really don’t have anything to forecast for you at this point. We’ve got to get some more information.”
Asked what Prosise will have to show this week in order to play Saturday, Carroll said: “He’s going to have to go full speed and let it rip. If he’s holding back, he won’t play.”
Carroll said Thomas Rawls is fine after taking a bit of a beating Saturday while carrying 27 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns, saying: “He looks great. He’s in I think exactly the place he should be on a Wednesday prep day. So he’ll be fine.”