Dion Jordan to make Seahawks debut Thursday; Thomas doubtful
RENTON -- Defensive end and former No. 3 overall draft pick Dion Jordan will make his Seahawks debut Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals.
Jordan, the third pick in the 2013 draft, signed with Seattle in the offseason but underwent knee surgery in June, missed all of training camp and spent the regular season on the Non-Football Injury list.
To make room from Jordan on the 53-man roster, Rees Odhiambo will be placed on Injured Reserve with injuries to both hands.
"He's gotta have surgery on both hands; he's been playing with some fingers that just need some work," coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. "He'll go down (on injured reserve) and Dion will come up. We're excited to see him play for his first time."
Jordan hasn't played in a regular season game since Dec. 28, 2014, with the Miami Dolphins, because of injuries and multiple drug suspensions.
"He's practiced very well, in great shape," Carroll said. "We'll see how he does. Look forward to not overloading him, play-wise, just getting him play time and just building him back into it and see where he fits."
Carroll said Odhiambo -- the starting left tackle before Seattle traded for Duane Brown ahead of its week nine game -- played with "some of" these finger issues while he was starting and "added to the problem in the last week."
"His fingers are busted up," Carroll said. "He's got two dislocations that aren't going back properly. And a broken finger, too."
Free safety Earl Thomas is listed as doutbful for Thursday's game and did not practice this week due to a strained hamstring suffered against the Texans on Oct. 29. If Thomas can't play, Bradley McDougald will start in his place for the second straight game.
"Because of the severity of the strain it's taking some time," Carroll said.
Running back Eddie Lacy (groin) and defensive end Marcus Smith (concussion) have been ruled out for Thursday night. Fullback Tre Madden was placed on Injured Reserve earlier in the week.
Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who missed Sunday's game with a strained oblique muscle, "looks like" he will play Thursday.
"We're counting on him," Carroll said.
Paul Richardson was listed on the injury report after experiencing tightness in his groin during the week. Carroll said he's "alright" and should play Thursday.
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