C.J. Prosise #22 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball during the third quarter of a game against the New England Patriots during a game at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seahawks will have defensive tackle Tony McDaniel back for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. The status of running back C.J. Prosise is still uncertain.
McDaniel was cleared to return after sustaining a concussion in Seattle's final regular season game against the San Francisco 49ers. He missed last Saturday's playoff opener against the Detroit Lions but was able to clear the league's concussion protocol and will play against the Falcons.
“He’s going to go,” head coach Pete Carroll said on Thursday. “He’s ready, he practiced. He got it done yesterday and today.”
Prosise is expected to be a game-time decision. He practiced in a red "no-contact" jersey all week as he continues to heal from a fractured scapula suffered in mid-Novembers.
“He made it through practice all this week,” Carroll said. “We’ll just take it day to day, take it to the stadium and see how it goes."
Prosise was limited in practice on Wednesday before fully participating in the team's final practice of the week on Thursday. They will have a walkthrough in Atlanta on Friday as well before Saturday's kickoff.
“He’s regaining his confidence and kind of getting going again," Carroll said. "It has been a while, seven weeks or something like that. He took a lot of turns yesterday and today, so he’s just getting back. We’re not sure how we’re going to do that, but we’ll check him after the whole week’s work on Friday and see how it goes all the way to game day… He did practice all this week, so that’s a really good sign. So we’ll see what happens.”
Carroll said earlier this week that Prosise would "have to go full speed and let it rip. If he’s holding back, he won’t play."
Official designations on game status won't come until Friday, which could give a clearer indication of Prosise's chances.
Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reported early Thursday that Prosise is doubtful to play against the Falcons with the hope he'll be cleared next week if Seattle advances to the NFC Championship.
Safety Jeron Johnson will also play after injuring his knee last week.
The only player not to practice on Friday was cornerback Richard Sherman, who had the day off for additional rest. Prosise is the only player on the roster that is a question mark for Saturday's game.