Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson got his first, real extensive work with the first unit at practice today, throwing some deep balls down the field and some deep outs with velocity for the first time in a few weeks since suffering a strained pectoral muscle against the New York Giants.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said after practice that Jackson will be listed as questionable on the team’s injury report, and his status for Sunday still remains a game-time decision.
“We’ll take it to the next couple days and see where we are,” Carroll said. “But that’s a very good sign. He felt the best. He got the most work, so we’ll see what happens.”
Jackson said it will be important to see how his body recovers from the throwing session today, but that he feels good about playing on Sunday.
“It will be interesting to see just exactly how I feel after doing that,” Jackson said. “But I don’t think it will have any affect, or I’ll have a setback after throwing. I think it will be fine, but I’ll guess will see, because it’s kind of a thing where it feels good one day, and the next day it won’t.”
Both Jackson and Carroll placed importance on the starting quarterback getting out there and throwing to see where he’s at.
“They want to see you make throws,” Jackson said. “They don’t want to throw you out there and put you in a bad position, so you can’t be the player you normally are, and make the throws you can normally make. So I think it was good for those guys to see that, and for me to go out there and make the throws to prove that I can do it.”
Jackson said that last Sunday before the Cleveland game was the best he felt all week, and that he was surprised with how well he threw the ball. Jackson also said that today throwing the ball felt better than last Sunday.
Jackson said it will be up to Carroll and the rest of the coaching staff to make the call if he plays against Cincinnati.
“Obviously I want to play,” Jackson said. “But If I can’t be the player I know I can be, I don’t want to go out there and hurt the team. But I feel like it’s time for me to come back. I don’t think this injury can keep me out of the game much longer. We’re 2-4 right now, so I want to get out there so we can get some Ws.”
Carroll said that defensive back Roy Lewis will be activated off of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and available for Sunday.
Running back Marshawn Lynch (back), tight end Zach Miller (head/neck), center Max Unger (foot), safety Kam Chancellor (knee), safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) and safety Jeron Johnson (ankle) are all probable for Sunday.
For Cincinnati, cornerback Nate Clements (knee), tight end Jermaine Gresham (hamstring), cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) and linebacker Dan Skuta (groin) are probable.
Linebacker Thomas Howard (hamstring), cornerback Adam Jones (neck) and cornerback Morgan Trent (ankle) are questionable. Jones was activated off the PUP list and is eligible to play in his first game.
And linebacker Rey Maualuga (ankle) is out.