DeShawn Shead practices for first time this season

January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead (35) during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Some much-needed reenforcement is coming for the Seattle Seahawks defensive backfield. In the wake of injury after injury to the “Legion of Boom,” Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead is on his way to playing for the first time this season after spending its first three months on injured reserve.

Shead, who has played his entire six-year NFL career in Seattle, practiced for the first time on Wednesday. Though head coach Pete Carroll is keeping expectations low on his veteran defender, Seattle’s coach is clearly excited to have him back on the field – for practice or games.

“DeShawn’s practicing today for the first time,” Carroll said on Wednesday. “We’re really fired up for that. It’s been a long haul for him. Anytime you ever heard me talk about him, I would tell you he’s ridiculously on it in terms of his rehab and his effort and his preparation and all of that. I’m thrilled for him to come back to practice now and have a chance. He has three weeks to show where he is and all that, and we’ll take a good look at it with our fingers crossed and high hopes that he’ll be able to help us out.”

Shead tore his ACL in the Seahawks’ playoff lost to the Atlanta Falcons on January 14. His potential return would be a major boon for Seattle, who is playing without All-Pro defensive backs Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor for the season’s remainder.

“I thought I was going to be back the first game of the regular season,” Shead said. “That’s me being optimistic, that’s my mindset. But it’s a day-to-day grind. My whole mindset is take it day-by-day and keep grinding and trust the process.”

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