Last week saw Greg Olsen near a return, while running back Rashaad Penny made his season debut on Sunday against Washington.
On Wednesday, the Seahawks set another pair of returns in motion, with cornerback Tre Flowers and defensive tackle Bryan Mone designated to return to practice from the injured reserve.
Flowers has been on injured reserve since the beginning of the month after a nagging hamstring injury didn’t improve. With both Flowers and Dunbar out, D.J. Reed has emerged as a long-term option for Seattle, with Pete Carroll indicating he would get the chance to hang onto the spot he has made his own in recent weeks.
The return to practice designation is a great sign for Mone, after Carroll had expressed uncertainty around his chances of a return in 2020 while he recovered from a high-ankle injury. During his time on the I.R., Mone was moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list out of an abundance of caution, following a close contact. According to Carroll, Mone will have a chance to return in Week 16.
Carroll says Bryan Mone "looked really good in the walkthrough today" and has a chance to get back this week.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) December 23, 2020
"I think he was playing really good (before injury), by far the best ball he'd played with us."
In addition to designating Flowers and Mone to return to practice on Wednesday, the Seahawks added a pair of players to their practice squad, filling the two open spots. Wide receiver Penny Hart, who was waived to make room for Josh Gordon, re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers. Hart will be joined by veteran guard Alex Boone, who reportedly entered COVID testing protocol last week in order to join Seattle.