Derrick Coleman, the Seattle Seahawks fullback, is no longer suspended and could likely return to action Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the team had lifted Coleman’s suspension, a week after the fullback was arrested on charges of vehicular assault and hit-and-run. When asked if he had spoken to Coleman and sought an explanation of the incident that took place last Wednesday night at Bellevue, Carroll said, “Yes. We did see him. We’ve also seen the videotapes of his meetings with the police, and so we feel like we are doing the right thing right now, obviously.”
Carroll said the team is unsure when Coleman will officially return to the 53-man roster. “He has to clear the doctors reports and all that stuff,” Carroll said Monday during his weekly press conference.
“We don’t know (when he will play next). We don’t know that yet. He has not been able to see our doctors because he’s been on suspension.”
Carroll said Coleman wasn’t allowed to visit the team doctor since he was suspended. “He was seen by a doctor on the outside, who isn’t one of our guys, so I don’t want to comment on that right now. But we’re gathering that right now, and that will weigh in to whether or not he’s able to play this week or not,” said the Seahawks coach.
Coleman, 25, allegedly walked away from his car after rear-ending a car on Southeast 36th Street at high speed, pushing the other car up an embankment and onto a retaining wall. Coleman’s attorneys have maintained that “he may have fallen asleep behind the wheel, and walked away from the scene after becoming disoriented due to a concussion suffered in the crash.”
Coleman was released from King County Jail on Friday with the investigation ongoing, and any charges waiting, until the results of the toxicology (checking for alcohol or drugs in blood) are determined.