The Seahawks returned to practice on Thursday, following a day off for the team on Wednesday. Before Seattle headed onto the field to begin, head coach Pete Carroll met with reporters on a Zoom call. Here’s what we learned from Carroll’s media session and practice on Thursday.
Carroll provided further clarity on first-round pick Jordyn Brooks’ health, after the linebacker sat out with a groin injury earlier in the week. Carroll said it could have been more of a cramp than a strain. They hope to have him participate in a mock game Saturday.
Carroll on Brooks: He's practicing today. Not quite a full load, working him back in to make sure it is okay. Might've been more than a cramp than a pull/strain. #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 20, 2020
On Brooks, Carroll said plan is to get him more work today and hope he can take part in the mock game Saturday. May have been more of a cramp than a pull/strain.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 20, 2020
Carroll offered praise for Marquise Blair, who is attempting to win the vacant nickelback job.
Carroll on Blair: Had a great offseason. He's one of our most aggressive players. To get another guy on the field like that, just adds to the dynamic of our defense. Like what we've seen so far (at nickel). He's learning stuff really well, no trouble at all. #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 20, 2020
No delay for Quinton Dunbar, who was expected to make his full practice debut on Thursday after gradually being worked in.
Carroll said Quinton Dunbar remains on track to get on field today and start ramping up.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 20, 2020
Colby Parkinson, who broke his foot training in the offseason, is ahead of schedule and will come off the NFI list before the regular season.
Pete Carroll said Colby Parkinson is ahead of schedule and is expected to be back before the end of training camp. He's recovering from a broken foot surgery.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) August 20, 2020
Freddie Swain, Poona Ford, and Demarcus Christmas remained out on Thursday, while Phil Haynes returned. Chris Carson got what seemed to be a planned day off, while Danny Etling still has to go through COVID-19 testing protocol.
No Chris Carson out here at practice as yet today. New waiver claim Danny Etling is not out here yet either.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) August 20, 2020
Phil Haynes back at practice today. Poona Ford, DeMarcus Christmas, Freddie Swain among those still out today.
B.J. Finney saw time at right guard, allowing Ethan Pocic to further his reps with the first-team at center.
BJ Finney snaps at guard today. First I’ve seen. At RG right now. Pocic and Fuller handling center so far.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 20, 2020
With Dunbar fully participating, Blair was able to slide back to safety and get some reps at his natural position.
Sorta interesting seeing Marquise Blair get quite a few snaps at safety today, with Quinton Dunbar finally getting some snaps in team drill. Carroll mentioned earlier Blair hadn't gotten many at safety yet doing most of work at nickel.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 20, 2020
It was a lighter session for the team, as they ramp up for the mock game this weekend.
Seahawks going a little lighter today after being in pads two days earlier in week. Mock game set for Saturday. pic.twitter.com/A3S98vqnFz— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 20, 2020