The Seahawks are lifting their suspension of Derrick Coleman after talking to the fullback this past weekend about his two-car crash last week in suburban Bellevue.
Coach Pete Carroll announced Monday that Coleman will be returning to the active roster after he spent a day and half in King County Jail into Friday afternoon.
“We will lift the suspension on Derrick Coleman. We will find out the timing on that as soon as we can,” Carroll said.
“We really don't have a lot of information for you -- we don't have any information for you -- about what's going on and issues. We've not received stuff, other to know the basics and the fundamentals of it. So we will do that, and then we will move from there."
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Coleman remains under investigation by the Bellevue Police Department on potential charges of felony vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. The King County prosecutor’s office is deciding whether to charge Coleman. It said Friday that process might take a month while it waits for full results of toxicology tests to come back as to whether alcohol or other drugs were involved in the accident.
Coleman’s Dodge Ram pickup truck allegedly slammed into the back of a Honda Civic on a Bellevue street with a 35-mile-per-hour speed limit, sending the Honda up an embankment and upside down onto a retaining wall. The driver of the Honda was hospitalized with what the Bellevue police chief described as “serious but not life-threatening” injuries.
Carroll said he spoke to Coleman and based on what the fullback told him “we feel like we are doing the right thing, obviously” in lifting his suspension.
Coleman reported no injuries to police, Bellevue PD said. Carroll said Coleman has since seen a doctor outside the team -- he couldn’t see Seahawks doctors while suspended -- and that the team does not yet know if he is healthy enough to play Thursday at San Francisco upon his return. Team doctors need to check him out to determine that.
“He was seen by a doctor on the outside that isn't one of our guys, so I don't want to comment right now,” Carroll said. “But we are gathering that and figuring -- that will weigh in to whether he will play this week or not.”
Will Tukuafu started at fullback Sunday for Coleman in the 27-23 loss to Carolina that leaves Seattle 2-4.