The Seahawks may be getting a big-time boost against the Steelers. Two key contributors in the secondary, Jamal Adams and Devon Witherspoon, seem to be on the way back for a critical matchup that will determine if the teams make the playoffs. Witherspoon has missed the last two games with a hip pointer, while Adams has dealt with knee swelling that left him on the shelf.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said on Tuesday that Witherspoon was starting to run, and that the prognosis for his injury was much better than last week.
“He’s running today, that’s a really good sign,” Carroll said on the Brock & Salk Show. “He tried really hard on game day, he was out there, trying to get it done, see if he could get through it. He just couldn’t get loosened up enough to go, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed. I just want to see the guy play football some more, we love watching him.”
Now, it seems that Adams could join him in the bucket for the Steelers game. On Wednesday, Carroll signaled that Adams will practice on Wednesday. While they are not sure if that means he will play on Sunday, it seems likely that Adams has a chance. And either way, those are two big boosts to a defense that is starting to come around and play much better.
In their place, Artie Burns, Coby Bryant, and Julian Love have stepped up into roles. In the last two weeks, Burns has allowed six receptions on seven targets for 50 yards. He has not allowed a touchdown and is limiting yards after the catch. Love nabbed an interception. In that time span, the team has not allowed a reception of over twenty yards. So, this is all something that the teams will have to gameplan for, especially with some of the personnel shuffling around.