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Seahawks Insider: Tyler Lockett’s return proceeding with caution

Tyler Lockett is coming back from a compound fracture in his right leg. (AP)

RENTON – Coach Pete Carroll has been watching Tyler Lockett very closely in practice, and he’s seen a receiver that looks fast and confident.

Just don’t expect to see Lockett on the field for the third preseason game on Friday.

“I still want to make sure that we’re taking all the time we have available,” Carroll said. “There’s no reason to rush him. He’s a fantastic competitor. He knows what we’re doing.”

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Locket suffered broken bones in his leg while catching a touchdown pass against Arizona on the second-to-last regular-season game last season.

Lockett began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, but was activated during the first week. That was a really good sign Lockett was expected to be ready to begin the regular season.

Lockett has yet to play in a preseason game, and while Carroll didn’t explicitly rule Lockett out for Friday’s game, he sounded like a coach who was going to err on the side of discretion over valor when it came to Lockett getting back into a game.

“We love the player that he is so we’re going to continue sure we maximize his security and safety for his return,” Carroll said.