Quarterback Christian Ponder remains optimistic that he will play Sunday against Seattle after suffering a dislocated left shoulder last week.

Ponder was limited in practice on Wednesday but he's encouraged by the progress he's made this week.

"Honestly it's a lot better than I expected to be all week," he said Thursday. "I was a little pessmistic about what was going to happen over the weekend. I was very uncomfortable. I woke up Monday and Tuesday and I kept feeling better and better. Our training staff has done such a great job of getting me to feel better. So I threw it around a lot more than I expected to [Wednesday]. And each day it's going to keep getting better.''

Ponder said he will wear a harness on his shoulder to protect it.
"I don't think I'm going to wear padding," he said. "I'm going to wear a harness, which people usually wear when they dislocate a shoulder to keep it in place. But I'm not going to wear any extra padding or anything.''

The Seahawks are a physical defense that already has collected 31 sacks, fifth most in the NFL. Ponder said he's not concerned about taking contact.

"I don't know how it's going to feel," he said. "Obviously, I'm going to get hit at some point. Hopefully not. But we'll see how it ends up feeling. But I'm sure it will it be a little painful and hopefully the Seahawks don't have a target on it.''