RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks brought back a familiar face by signing linebacker Mychal Kendricks to the practice squad.
And their biggest offseason acquisition — safety Jamal Adams — might miss a third straight game because of a groin injury.
Coming back from its bye week, the last remaining unbeaten team in the NFC seemed filled with news on Wednesday.
In the immediate future, the most pressing was the ongoing uncertainty about Adams and his recovery from a groin strain suffered in Week 3 against Dallas. Adams sat out wins over Miami and Minnesota, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll believed prior to the bye week that Adams would be ready to return for Sunday’s game at division rival Arizona.
But Adams was not on the practice field on Wednesday. Carroll said the team is still waiting to find out when Adams can go at full speed.
“We really won’t know anything until later in the week,” Carroll said.
The uncertainty about Adams means that Ryan Neal could make his third straight start at strong safety. Neal has played well in the absence of Adams, and has earned an opportunity to be included in Seattle’s defensive plans even when Adams returns.
While Adams remained out, Seattle did get a boost with rookie Jordyn Brooks returning to practice on Wednesday for the first time since spraining his knee in Week 3 against Dallas. Brooks’ return will add depth to the group of linebackers that received another boost with the signing of Kendricks.
Last season, Kendricks started 14 games and had 71 tackles for Seattle before suffering a major knee injury in the regular-season finale against San Francisco. For now he’s on the practice squad with Seattle wanting to give Kendricks plenty of time to acclimate after spending the offseason rehabbing the torn ACL in his knee.
Carroll said Kendricks will start off playing weakside linebacker, but he did play at the strongside linebacker spot last season for Seattle.