On Tuesday, Pete Carroll surprised everybody by announcing that Darrell Taylor would be making his practice debut. On Thursday, Carroll gave a progress report about how the team's second-round pick has looked in his first three NFL practices.
"He's flashed, obviously," Carroll said. "We've seen the quickness. I'm anxious to see the film because this was the best day for him. We're ramping him up, and today he cut lose a little bit. I'm anxious to see it, but there's no question that he belongs out here with these guys."
Given Taylor's extended absence -- he hasn't played football in more than a year -- logic would suggest that these practices are merely for him to dip his toe back in the pool. Actually appearing in a game seems far-fetched, barring a run to the Super Bowl.
Carroll, without sharing any sort of timeline, did leave the door open that Taylor could appear during these playoffs.
"Yeah, that is possible," Carroll said.
That is most likely attributed to Carroll's trademark optimism. He's well aware there's zero harm in allowing for the chance that Taylor could play, no matter how slim the odds.
If Seattle wanted to make a surprise move to activate Taylor for Saturday's Wild Card Round against the Rams, that move would have to take place Friday afternoon by 1:00 p.m. PT.
The most important takeaway from all this is that Taylor's surgically-repaired leg that now features a titanium rod has responded well to the football activities. He's allowed to practice for three full weeks while remaining on the Non-football Injury List before Seattle will ultimately have to make a decision as to whether or not to activate him.
That would get the Seahawks clear of the NFC Championship Game. Should they still be alive, we very well could see Taylor make his NFL debut in the Super Bowl.