James Carpenter still not cleared to return to practice


Seattle Seahawks guard James Carpenter has yet to be cleared to return to practice nearly three weeks after being with a concussion.

Carpenter had not been cleared to return when the Seahawks reconvened following their bye week for a practice on Monday. Head coach Pete Carroll said Carpenter was going to undergo a couple more tests Monday night to see if he would be able to return to practice Wednesday.

“We’ll wait and find out. I hope he is able to go. He’s had a lot of time to break and we just want to make sure we get everything squared away, and we’ll see what happens,” Carroll said.

Exactly how and when Carpenter sustained the concussion is still uncertain. Carpenter played the entire game against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 28 and practiced on Wednesday and Thursday the following week before appearing on the injury report Friday with an “illness.” The illness turned out to be concussion symptoms. Carroll was unsure if the concussion happened in the game against the Lions or during practice that week.

Carpenter has been replaced at left guard by John Moffitt the last two games. Carpenter has played five games for the Seahawks this season. He missed the first three games of the year as he continued to rehab a torn ACL suffered last October. He spent all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list before being activated during final cuts.

Carpenter is expected to move back into the lineup at left guard as soon as he is cleared and gets back up to speed.