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September 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Seahawks receiver Kevin Norwood hopeful of making NFL debut soon

As noted here earlier this week, one of the more intriguing roster questions for the Seahawks Sunday in  San Diego is how many receivers will be eligible on gameday.

All seven on the roster are now healthy and ready to go with rookie Kevin Norwood having had a full week of work

To briefly refresh how it works, teams play with an active gameday roster of 46 from their 53-man active roster. That means declaring seven players as inactive 90 minutes before the game begins.

It’s pretty easy to come up with five of the likely inactives for Sunday — injured CB Tharold Simon, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis and RB Christine Michael, who are all injured, and TE Cooper Helfet and OL Andrew McDonald, each playing at spots where the Seahawks likely don’t need the extra body. DL Greg Scruggs, inactive last week, also might be a good bet to be inactive again, assuming the same DL rotation (no injuries there to complicate things and Bruce Irvin is even healthier now than he was last week).

CB Josh Thomas, signed on Monday, could also be a candidate to be inactive with Pete Carroll saying on Friday he would likely be used only in an emergency. But he also is one of just four healthy cornerbacks on the roster and Seattle is playing a team likely to throw it around quite a bit. So they Seahawks might decide they need him as insurance in case someone else gets hurt.

That could mean making one of the seven WRs inactive, and that would likely come down to a choice between Paul Richardson and Norwood. Obviously, there’s also a chance they could  make both inactive —- Seattle went with five receivers much of last season.

But they might want to see what they have in Norwood now that he is healthy.

Norwood had surgery early in training camp to repair bone spurs in his foot. He said it was an injury that date to conditioning workouts he did following his final season at Alabama while he was preparing for the NFL Draft.

“It’s just been something after the season last year, it kind of I think during training time really kind of nicked it up and just hurting and hurting,” He said.  “But I really wasn’t thinking nothing about it because it kind of went away. But when I got here it stared back flaring up on me. They just went in and cleaned it up, nothing big, and it felt a little better.’’

Norwood said on Thursday he was “still taking  it light and trying not to stress it” with his foot. He does lots of treatment after practices, including hot tubs and ice treatment, and even keeping his foot up when he’s at home at night with an ice pack on it. But he also said he can feel a difference in practice now compared to prior to the surgery.

“Just not having to worry about it, that’s the best part of it,” he said. “I go out there and run full speed and run my routes the way I want to and the way I can and get off the press the way I can, it feels great.”

And he said he thought he’d be ready to play Sunday, a prospect he finds pretty exciting.

“It’s tough being out, it really is,” said Norwood, who was taken in the fourth round. “I’m trying my best to be back out there and help this team in any way that I can. It sucks being on the sideline and just watching everybody else go out there and do their thing. But my opportunity is coming and when I get on that field I’m going to take full advantage of it.”

 

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