Starting right tackle Sean Locklear may be back on Sunday when the Seahawks host the St. Louis Rams. That contest looms as a critical early season game for the winless Seahawks, 0-2. Locklear returned to practice this week for the first time since spraining his left knee in Seattle's second preseason game against Chicago.
Locklear's status will likely be a game-time decision after coach Mike Holmgren figures out what other players may be inactive and who he might need for special teams purposes. Backup Ray Willis has filled in well for Locklear, meaning the Seahawks could wait until after next week's bye before bringing Locklear back.
"It's just good to get back out there and moving around a little bit. Been on the shelf the last four weeks or so," said Locklear, who was listed as questionable on the Seahawks' injury report. "Basically what they wanted me to do is get out, see how I move around and go from there. What they're thinking, I have no idea. Just be prepared and know the game plan."
Locklear has entrenched himself as Seattle's right tackle, starting every game he has played in for the last three seasons. Holmgren's hunch was that Locklear would play.
While Locklear could be coming back, the splashy signing of wide receiver Koren Robinson may have a muted debut. Robinson is bothered by a sore knee that has left him questionable for Sunday's game. Robinson did not participate in part of practice on Thursday and had limited participation on Friday.
Holmgren said it wasn't surprising Robinson had some soreness considering his lack of football action in recent months.
"Koren falls into that Sunday (decision) category. He's got a little issue with his knee," Holmgren said. "I don't think it's serious, but I want him to feel good when we put him out there."
Cornerback Kelly Jennings, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and offensive tackle Walter Jones all returned to full practice on Friday and will start against the Rams.