Seattle Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead could return to practice as early as Week 6 of the NFL season.
Shead began the 2017 regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after suffering a torn ACL and meniscus in the Seahawks 36-20 playoff loss to the Falcons last January.
The 28-year-old could make his practice debut as early as Oct. 16 when he is first eligible for return. The Seahawks would then have to decide whether or not they want to keep him on the Injured Reserve list for the remainder of the season or activate him on the 53-man roster.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn’t rule out Shead’s Week 6 return and said the 28-year-old was progressing well in his knee recovery.
“That’s possible,” Carroll said in a press conference on Friday.
He continued: “DeShawn has done an incredible job of coming back. His mentality is extraordinary. His drive to continue to press and push and to max out the process is there. He’s working. He is running, you can check him off because he is running really fast right now. He’s doing everything that he can do. It’s just a matter of time before he’ll be back and rolling, but he’s done a great job.”
The Legion of Boom cornerback was having a stand out season prior to his serious knee injury. He posted a career-high 81 tackles and had one interception in 15 games last season.
Shead began his rehabilitation process in late January after a successful ACL surgery. He had a knee “clean up” in July and has since been focused on getting back into game action.
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