Norwood progressing after foot surgery

August, 14, 2014
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RENTON, Wash. -- Along with receiving great news on rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh returning to practice Thursday after injuring his knee Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had encouraging news about rookie receiver Kevin Norwood.

Norwood, a fourth-round draft choice, had foot surgery one week ago to remove bone spurs that had been causing him pain since last season at Alabama.

"He's doing great," Carroll said of Norwood. "His foot feels good and he's already walking around on it. They said it might be three or four weeks if we were lucky, but he looks like he's really doing well. He doesn't feel [pain] at all, so he's really encouraged. He's had a sore foot for a long time, so he's hoping it's all better."

When Norwood has been on the field, Carroll has been pleased with what he's seen.

"He's a really savvy football player," Carroll said. "He picks up everything and makes things look really easy. He's graceful and has great catching range and great hands.

"He's a tough guy and we know that. It's just unfortunate he hasn't had a chance to compete for a while. But we won't hesitate to throw him right back in there, because he does have a great feel for the game."

Norwood won't play Friday night against San Diego, of course, but quite a few players still are out.

Linebackers Bobby Wagner (hamstring) and Malcolm Smith (offseason ankle surgery) won't play. Linebackers Bruce Irvin (offseason hip surgery) and Korey Toomer (hamstring) are on the preseason PUP list. Carroll said he's hopeful Smith, Wagner and Toomer will start practicing next week.

Starting left tackle Russell Okung (offseason toe surgery) returned to practice this week but probably won't play Friday. Left guard James Carpenter (calf) and center Max Unger (groin) also practiced this week and Carroll said they would be a game-time decisions on whether to play.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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