Primarily good news about the secondary

Seahawks medical staffers tend to Byron Maxwell in the second quarter (Getty)The Seahawks’ move to release defensive back Steve Terrell and bring back D-lineman Greg Scruggs on Tuesday appeared to be a sign that the Seahawks feel much better about their secondary this week than they did last week.

And Pete Carroll’s words today seemed to confirm that, as he said cornerback Byron Maxwell might be able to play Sunday in St. Louis.

“He’s made a big jump, and we’ll see,” Carroll said of Maxwell, who suffered a strained calf vs. Dallas last Sunday. “We’re going day to day with him and will see what happens. He’s shocked the guys that he’s back as quick as he is to this point. We don’t know what that means until the weekend.”

Tharold Simon, who had knee surgery last month, was to practice today in preparation for making his long-delayed NFL debut. The 2013 fifth-round pick missed his rookie season with foot problems and has not played yet this season due to the knee injury.

On Monday, Carroll said Simon’s return is “coming at an excellent time. We will see how he does. He’ll have to survive the week and all of that. He got out last week for a couple days so that helps him get started this week. All along we’ve really been looking forward to Tharold’s ability to contribute, so this will be his chance and we will see where that fits. I really can’t tell you how that’s going to go. We will have to get all the way ’til we get through Friday’s practice to know where we are with that.”

Carroll did not rule out making a move to add depth, but he said he is confident in Marcus Burley and reminded everyone that DeShawn Shead can play cornerback, too.

And on Monday he pointed out that Jeremy Lane will return to practice next week.

“Tharold is coming back and Jeremy Lane will be out practicing starting next week, so we’re going to get a boost coming back from those guys. It will be fantastic if Tharold can contribute this week and Jeremy’s back the next.”

In other injury news Wednesday, center Max Unger will not play for a second straight game. Steve Schilling, who played well against Dallas, will make his second straight start.

Tight end Zach Miller remains out while recovering from minor ankle surgery.

Rookie defensive back Eric Pinkins, who is on the non-football injury list, practiced today for the first time this season.


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