Cornerback DeShawn Shead is set to make his first return to practice for the Seahawks since suffering a season-ending knee injury in January, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Wednesday.
“We’re really fired up for that,” Carroll said. “Been a long haul for him. Anytime you’ve ever heard me talk about him, I would tell you he’s ridiculously on it, in terms of his rehab and his effort and his preparation and all that and I’m thrilled for him to come back to practice now. He has three weeks to show where he is and all that, and we’ll take a good look at it with our fingers crossed and high hopes that he’ll be able to help us out.”
Shead began the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Now that he is officially returning to practice, the Seahawks have three weeks to decide whether to activate him, place him on injured reserve, or release him.
Shead isn’t overly concerned about getting back into football shape, and says practice is really the next step toward full recovery.
“I think this program, they do a great job with preparing you to get back on the field,” Shead said, “from working with the training staff and then working with the strength staff, together they do a great job of preparing you for the game. But they also, in that same process, they want to play it safe and work you back into playing.
“I can do all the running and everything, but the little movements I’ve got to get ready for, like running to the ball after a route or covering a route… I couldn’t do that under the PUP rules. Overall, if I had it my way, I wish I could play this Sunday.”
Carroll had no additional injury updates for defensive end Dion Jordan (neck/shoulder).
“A little bit different situation for Dion today. I don’t have any updates for you on him yet.”
The Seahawks came out of their Week 13 win over the Eagles fairly unscathed. The biggest injury questions heading into their Week 14 matchup against the Jaguars will be Jordan, defensive tackle Nazair Jones (ankle) and guard Oday Aboushi (shoulder).