As reported directly from coach Pete Carroll, tight end Ed Dickson and linebacker K.J. Wright will make their season debuts for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Detroit.
Wright, who underwent knee surgery prior to Seattle's preseason finale, hoped to be back earlier in the year, but a setback forced him to wait until after the team's bye week before returning to practice. The former Pro Bowler should resume his prior role as starting weakside linebacker alongside teammate Bobby Wagner.
As for Dickson, he missed all of the preseason battling soft-tissue injuries and spent the first six weeks on the Non-Football Injury list. Self-proclaimed the healthiest he's been in nine years, the former Ravens and Panthers tight end will provide Seattle's offense with another quality blocking tight end who can also serve as a weapon in the passing game when called upon.
Carroll didn't elaborate on how much either player would play, but both Dickson and Wright made it through their first week of practice without a hitch and will be ready to suit up for the Seahawks against a dangerous Lions squad.
Rookie defensive end Rasheem Green, who also returned to practice after missing three games with an ankle injury, had a strong week but will be a game-time decision on Sunday. Thankfully for Seattle, even if Green can't go, fellow defensive end Dion Jordan was removed from the injury report and will be available to rush off the edge.
While the Seahawks appear to be getting healthier at the right time for the most part, the team will likely play at least one game without core special teams player Neiko Thorpe. The 28-year old cornerback tweaked his groin during 1-on-1 drills at Thursday's practice and has been upgraded from out to doubtful for Sunday's game.
Unsure of the severity of Thorpe's ailment or how long he'll be out, Carroll simply said "We’ll see what that means.”
Carroll also indicated guard Jordan Simmons, who Seattle claimed off waivers prior to Week 1, could be inactive due to a calf injury. The former USC standout has appeared in one game so far this season after previously spending time with Oakland during the preseason.