Josh Gordon is in his second week of workouts at the VMAC while he serves the final days of his year-long suspension. He’ll be able to join the team at practice beginning next week and play in the Seahawks crucial Week 16 home game against the Rams.
“Josh’s workouts are going great,” Pete Carroll said on Wednesday. “He’s really fit. He feels really good. He feels like he’s ready to jump on the practice field.”
The way Carroll spoke about Gordon, it’s pretty evident that he’s counting on the receiver to play and make an impact immediately.
“This is a really important week for us to be able to finish it up,” Carroll said. “He needs to be game speed and game tempo and conditioning and all that. It’s a lot to ask, but that’s what we’re asking. He’s working like crazy. We’ve really stepped it up for him to make sure that he’s challenged by that.”
The Seahawks could certainly use them against their division rival in what will be a pseudo-NFC West Championship Game. Gordon missed a game with similar stakes last season as he was suspended for Seattle’s finale against the 49ers as well as each of the team’s playoff games.
Gordon already has some rapport with Russell Wilson from the five games they played together last year, and so there’s no reason why he can’t contribute a few clutch catches against the Rams, even in a limited role.