Though he's officially eligible to begin practicing, the Seattle Seahawks will give injured running back J.D. McKissic at least one more week before starting the process of bringing him back from injured reserve.
According to coach Pete Carroll, the team doesn't want to rush McKissic back and hopes he'll be ready to start practicing next week.
"We're gonna give him another week of really pushing it to see how he does with the thought that maybe he could come back to practice the week after that." Carroll said in regard to McKissic's status.
McKissic suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during the Seahawks second preseason game against the Chargers in mid-August. The team chose to keep him on the initial 53-man roster before placing him on injured reserve, forcing him to sit out a minimum of eight games before returning.
Seattle doesn't necessarily have a need for extra depth at running back at the moment, but the diminutive 195-pound McKissic is a jack of all trades who can play receiver in a pinch. Though he's only returned one kickoff in his NFL career, he also has prior experience returning kicks and punts at Arkansas State and could help the Seahawks on special teams.
When Seattle opts to activate him, they'll face an interesting choice on who to jettison in order to create roster space, though the team's decision to cut Brandon Marshall last week could pave the way for his eventual return.
"Once he comes back, he could go anytime we want to..." Carroll said. "But he needs a little more time just to make sure that he's right."
In his first full season with Seattle, McKissic rushed for 187 yards, caught 34 passes, and scored three combined touchdowns. Stunningly, he was also the only Seahawks running back to score a rushing touchdown in 2017.