RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks' ever-unsettled backfield could see another change this week with Mike Davis returning to practice after missing the team's last game. Coach Pete Carroll, though, wasn't as definitive as he previously was about Davis being available Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"We'll find out," Carroll said Wednesday. "He'll practice today and we'll get him out there and see how he's going. Anxious to see how he can fit back in. Can't tell you until he comes back after a couple days. Won't know until the weekend."
Davis was listed as limited in Wednesday's practice.
Carroll's hedging could simply be a matter of wanting to make sure Davis makes it through the week of practice without any setbacks before declaring him good to go. Davis strained his groin in the third quarter of Seattle's loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11, which cut short what was shaping up to be a strong Seahawks debut.
Promoted from the practice squad a few days earlier, Davis started against the Falcons ahead of Eddie Lacy, J.D. McKissic and Thomas Rawls, who was a healthy scratch. He gained 41 yards on a pair of screen passes, the second of which resulted in his strained groin when he was tripped up from behind. Davis' six carries produced 18 yards, with 13 coming on one play -- an inside run that he finished by running over safety Keanu Neal.
"He showed a real spark reading the line of scrimmage. He showed some creativity that got him some extra space on a couple runs, and he couldn't have been more aggressive in the opportunity that he had when he got to go after some guys with the football," Carroll said. "And he can catch it. He's very well-rounded and he looked good and so as we're trying to figure it out and maximize our running game opportunities, we're going to keep looking to make sure we're getting better.
"So the competition remains. It's on still."
Other Seahawks injury notes:
Defensive end Cliff Avril had surgery on his neck Tuesday. Carroll said that "as far as we've heard, everything went really well. So we're just waiting for him to get back." By "get back," Carroll was referring to Avril returning to the team facility, not the field. Avril won't play again this season, and Carroll said that he and strong safety Kam Chancellor -- who's also out with a neck injury -- face similar decisions about whether they want to continue playing football.
Defensive end Dion Jordan has a chance to return this week after missing the San Francisco 49ers game with what Carroll described as a neck stinger. Carroll said: "We're going go take it day by day. He's got a chance to play this week." Jordan had a sack in his first game with the Seahawks in Week 10 against Arizona. That was also his first game since 2014. Jordan's emergence as a rotational player for Seattle was among several factors in the team's decision to waive Dwight Freeney last week. Jordan didn't practice Wednesday.
Tight end Luke Willson is progressing well from the concussion he sustained Sunday against San Francisco and has "a real chance" to play against Philadelphia, Carroll said. The team won't know until Thursday at the earliest or Friday at the latest. He didn't practice Wednesday.
Carroll said right guard Oday Aboushi is making progress with his shoulder injury "but there's no change right now at this point." Aboushi missed the 49ers game and was replaced by rookie Ethan Pocic. He didn't practice Wednesday.
Carroll said it wasn't a setback with rookie defensive lineman Malik McDowell that led Carroll to rule him out for the remainder of the season earlier this week. McDowell has been sidelined since he suffered what Carroll previously called a "really bad concussion" during a summer ATV accident. Carroll said Wednesday: "No, at this point, he's really just out for the season. That's basically what it is. He's out."
Wednesday's practice report:
Did not practice
SS Kam Chancellor (neck)
RG Oday Aboushi (shoulder)
LT Duane Brown (ankle)
TE Jimmy Graham (ankle)
TE Luke Willson (concussion)
LB D.J. Alexander (shoulder)
LB Josh Forrest (foot)
DE Dion Jordan (neck)
LB Bobby Wagner (hamstring)
DL Michael Bennett (not injury-related)
CB Jeremy Lane (not injury-related)
RB Mike Davis (groin)
LG Luke Joeckel (knee)
CB Shaquill Griffin (concussion)