Seahawks running back Julius Jones practiced for the first time in almost two weeks, after suffering a bruised lung in the first half of the Arizona game two weeks ago.
Jones was a limited participant in practice, doing some individual and team drill work as the Seahawks practiced inside on Thursday.
Jones said it was good to get back on the field, but doesn’t know if he’ll be ready to go on Sunday at St. Louis.
“I’m taking it day by day,” he said. “Obviously it felt good to get back out there. I hate watching. I hate being on the side watching. And if I can play, I’ll play, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s just a matter of taking it day by day.”
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Jones said his conditioning level is okay, so it appears the decision may come down to how much pain and discomfort he’s feeling with the injury as the team gets closer to game day.
“Today was the first day I was able to be out there, so I’ll just talk to trainers and we’ll figure something out,” he said. “Obviously when you miss a week it kind of sets you back a little bit,” Jones said. “But I’m in pretty tip-top condition, so I’m not worried about that.”
Jones said it hard watching his team’s franchise-worst, four-yard effort on the ground against Minnesota last week.
“It really was, man,” Jones said. “We didn’t play well last week. We kind of dropped the ball, but the thing about it is we’ve got another opportunity this week, and we’ve got six more games to kind of get something going. We wasted a lot of time, and now it’s time to put something together.”
And even though he rushed for a season-high 117 yards on 19 carries against the Rams in the first game of the season, including a 62-yard run for the score, Jones expects tougher sledding against St. Louis the second time around.
“We had some success against them early, but they’re kind of a different team now,” Jones said. “They’re playing much better. Their offense has been pretty good. Steven Jackson’s rolling pretty good, so this is a different team. So we’re going to look back at last time and say, ‘Oh, we’re going to do that again.’”
Along with Jones, defensive tackles Red Bryant (knee) and Cory Redding (knee) were limited participants in practice.
Center Chris Spencer (thumb), defensive tackle Craid Terrill (shoulder) and safety Deon Grant (wrist) were full participants.
For St. Louis, running back Steven Jackson (back) did not practice for a second straight game, increasing the likelihood that he might not play on Sunday. Apparently Jackson is experiencing back spasms. But Jackson told St. Louis-area reporters on Wednesday that he expects to play on Sunday.
Along with Jackson, FB Mike Karney (neck), OT Jason Smith (concussion), OG Richie Incognito (foot) did not participate in practice.
LB Chris Chamberlain (concussion) was a limited participant in practice.
And P Donnie Jones (illness) was a full participant in practice.
That is all. Have a good Turkey Day.