By Liz Mathews
Seahawks guard James Carpenter returned to practice on Monday for the first time since injuring his knee in November. Carpenter, who had been on the physically unable to perform list, was activated Friday to the 53-man roster.
"It feels great to be back. It's been a long time," Carpenter said. "I've been waiting for this for 10 months."
Carpenter, the Seahawks' first-round pick last season, started nine games before tearing his ACL during practice and landing on the injured reserve.
"It just stopped hurting one day," Carpenter said of the recovery process. "So I kept working as hard as I wanted to so I could come back, and it happened."
Last week, coach Pete Carroll announced that Carpenter was recovering much more quickly than expected and would "definitely" return to play this season.
"Carp is doing marvelously," Carroll said. "He's doing a very rigorous workout, long spells of things on the field. We're trying to simulate three days a week of hard practicing and then one more real hard day of practicing to see how he endures it, and he's handling it well. He's not far away from looking like he can practice and play for us, but it's still a crucial time here and we're going to have to make a big decision on how we handle this."
Earlier in the offseason, the Seahawks announced that Breno Giacomini would be team's starting right tackle and that Carpenter would transition to guard when he was able to return. Carpenter played eight games at right tackle last season.
But regardless of where he plays on the line, Carpenter is just happy to be back on the practice field.
"The trainers put me through a lot of work to get back so I'm just out here doing what they're telling me to do," Carpenter said. "I'm happy playing guard. I feel like that is what I should be playing."
• Newly signed tight end Evan Moore practiced Monday and has been assigned jersey number 82. "Fortunately there is a lot of translation between what we did in Cleveland and what we're doing here, both terminology and schematically," Moore said after practice. "I'm fortunate that that is the case." Moore was signed to the active roster Sunday night after the Seahawks released Kellen Winslow.
• Rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane has been assigned jersey number 37.
• Wide receiver Golden Tate did not practice on Monday after tweaking his ankle during a punt return last week against the Raiders.
• The Seahawks have an off day on Tuesday and return to full practice on Wednesday.