RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks' secondary is already without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor for the remainder of the season, so it raised some alarm bells when Earl Thomas showed up on the injury report this week and was listed as questionable for Sunday night's game vs. Philadelphia.
Pete Carroll allayed concerns Friday by saying that Thomas is OK and that his absence in Thursday's practice -- due to what was listed as a heel injury -- isn't indicative of anything serious. Seattle listed Thomas as a full participant Friday.
"He's fine. He's fine," Carroll said. "He had something we just tended to yesterday, a sore foot, and that was it. Not a big deal."
Seattle will get cornerback Shaquill Griffin back after he missed last week's game due to a concussion, another plus for a secondary that will need all hands on deck against Carson Wentz and the NFL's highest-scoring offense. Carroll said Griffin will resume his starting role; Byron Maxwell has played right cornerback since Griffin went down two plays into Seattle's Monday night loss to Atlanta in Week 11.
The Seahawks will likely be without defensive end Dion Jordan (neck) for the second straight game and rookie defensive tackle Nazair Jones (ankle). They're listed as doubtful. Carroll said Jordan probably needs another week and that Jones turned his ankle in Thursday's practice when he stepped on another player's foot.
Rodney Coe, promoted from the practice squad this week, will likely be active in Jones' absence.
Seattle ruled out three players: strong safety Chancellor (neck), right guard Oday Aboushi (shoulder) and linebacker Josh Forrest (foot). Chancellor has yet to be placed on injured reserve even though Carroll confirmed this week that he won't play again this season. That could be a matter of Seattle trying to save as much salary-cap space as possible.
Tight end Luke Willson (concussion) and running back Mike Davis (groin) will also be back this week, Carroll said. Davis started in Week 11 and was on his way to an impressive Seahawks debut when he injured his groin early in the third quarter, causing him to miss last week's game.
Seahawks coaches have been vague this week about what the running-back rotation will look like Sunday night. Carroll didn't provide any clarity Friday, so it's not clear how things will shake out between Davis, Eddie Lacy, J.D. McKissic and Thomas Rawls.
"Mike had a good week and he's in consideration to be in that rotation," Carroll said.
Four other players in addition to Thomas are listed as questionable: left tackle Duane Brown (ankle), linebacker Bobby Wagner (hamstring), linebacker D.J. Alexander (shoulder) and tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle). But Carroll didn't seem concerned about their statuses. Brown, Wagner and Graham were listed as full participants Friday.
So five of the seven inactives for Sunday night appear to be set with injured players: Chancellor, Aboushi, Forrest, Jordan and Jones. Rawls and rookie wide receiver David Moore are candidates for the final two spots. Rawls was a healthy scratch two weeks ago and played only one snap last week while Moore was inactive last week after being promoted from the practice squad.
Looking beyond Sunday night, Carroll sounded as encouraged as ever Friday about the possibility of cornerback DeShawn Shead returning this season. Shead is on the physically unable to perform list while working his way back from knee surgery. He has yet to begin practicing with the team, but Carroll said he could do so soon.
"He had a great week, as a matter of fact," Carroll said. "I'm glad you asked. He had a great week and he looked really good. The question is when do we bring him back to practice now. He's that close."