After a well-earned day off the Seahawks were back practicing with swagger and vigor Sunday afternoon. Despite the 90 degrees plus weather, the competition was friendly but intense. In addition to the focused efforts, the Seahawks saw the return of Chris Carson and the debut of Quinton Dunbar.
Carson returned to practice after dealing with a serious family issue according to head coach Pete Carroll. Despite seven fumbles and a hip injury in the second to the last game of the season, Carson was able to rush for 1,230 yards and touchdown. The team is counting on the third-year back to have another productive season. A healthy and productive Carson who can run and catch the ball opens up the play-action which helps the passing game. The Seahawks picked up Carlos Hyde in the offseason another back who rushed for 1,000 yards last year. Hyde played for Houston and was released in the offseason. Hyde buys the Seahawks some time as they wait for Rashaad Penny to recover from a season-ending knee injury suffered in the LA Game at the Coliseum. The team also drafted DeeJay Dallas in the faith round of this year’s draft.
The fact that Dunbar was on the field Sunday is miraculous. After being traded to Seattle from Washington Dunbar ran into some alleged serious legal troubles. Dunbar and New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker were charged with four accounts of armed robbery on May 13th in Maramar Florida. After some he said, she said, Dunbar switched lawyers and no charges were filed against Dunbar. Baker is still facing charges. When the charges against Dunbar were dropped the matter went to the Commissioner’s office. The Commissioners officer allowed Dunbar to continue his football career with the Seahawks. Dunbar reported for COVID-19 testing last week and passed his physical last week allowing him to join the team on Sunday.
More good news for the coaching staff and fans saw the return of D-lineman, Jarran Reed, and Poona Ford. Both players suffered slight knocks during practice last Friday but look to be healthy. One notable absence from practice was starting to tackle Duane Brown. No work on why the Pro-Bowler was missing from practice.