The news is about the same for the Seattle Seahawks on the injury front.
Offensive guard Robert Gallery and receiver Sidney Rice did not practice for a third straight day, so it appears unlikely that either will be ready for Sunday. However, we should get official word on their status after Friday’s practice from Pete Carroll.
Also, defensive end Chris Clemons injured his ankle during a walk-through before practice in the team’s indoor facility, and did not practice with Seattle this afternoon, according to defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Clemons had surgery on that same ankle during the offseason.
“He just tweaked his ankle a little bit in walk-through if you can believe that,” Bradley said. “So he got treatment, and we just wanted to make sure he got enough treatment for it.”
Linebacker David Hawthorne (knee) was a limited participant in practice, working mostly with the scout team, allowing rookie K.J. Wright to take most of the reps at middle linebacker with the first unit.
“K.J.’s been getting the majority of the reps,” Bradley said. “And he’s been playing really well in the preseason, so hopefully – I don’t know what’s the latest with the trainers – but whatever the case I think the team has a lot of confidence in K.J.”
Bradley said defensively they will gear up to stop the run, like the Seahawks usually do when Seattle faces San Francisco.
“We believe they’re a team that’s going to try and run the ball,” Bradley said. “I mean they’ve been effective. They had over 200 yards rushing against Oakland, so we know that’s what they want to do. And if opportune times come to get pressure on them if it’s not a four-man rush, we’ve got to take advantage of those.”
So it’s still about stopping Frank Gore with the Niners?
“No doubt,” Bradley said. “You know all three of those running backs have been playing pretty good in preseason. And I know Coach Solari, he’s got those O-linemen playing really well right now. So we’re getting into a mindset that we’re just going to have to be flexible. We kind of have our base game plan, with a chance to adjust a little bit depending on what we’re seeing. But the whole premise is to stop the run.”