The Seattle Seahawks appear to be getting healthy at the right time. Pete Carroll told reporters this afternoon that defensive end Cliff Avril was close to getting on the field against Carolina, and is expected to be ready for Sunday’s home opener against San Francisco if he makes it through practice this week.
“Cliff Avril is a good possibility if me makes it through the week,” Carroll said. “He practice well enough last week, and he was very close to being able to play on Sunday.
“So we’re planning on him being a part of it this week, unless he has some kind of setback we can’t foresee. So that will be a nice little boost to get him back in the game.”
Carroll said that Brandon Browner still had issues with his hamstring during pre-game warm-ups, and the hope is that he’ll return to practice on Thursday. Browner remains a possibility to play against San Francisco.
“He ran hard in pre-game, but not full speed,” Carroll said. “We want to make sure that we can get him back to full speed. He’s in a track meet out there. So he has to have all of that going for him. He ran today. He’s going to run tomorrow. And Wednesday we’ll see how he does.”
Defensive end Chris Clemons will get some reps with the team on Wednesday, but still might have to wait a couple weeks to get back on the field.
“We need to just get him through the practice routine, and see if he can handle it, which we think he can,” Carroll said. “He looks great, but he hasn’t done that yet. So that means he’ll be working against other guys, pushing and shoving and all of that, in a limited fashion. And then we’ll just take it one day at a time and see how he progresses.”
Carroll said the training staff is holding Clemons back, and that the team’s leading sack man feels like he’s ready to play.
“He’s really chomping at the bit to go now,” Carroll said. “He’s telling us he can go, and he’s ready and all of that. So he’s actually where you want your player to be. So we are having to hold him back until he can prove it, and then come back after that work and feel good.
“So we don’t know how long it’s going to take. It may make take a couple weeks, I don’t know.”
James Carpenter played the majority of the reps at left guard over Paul McQuistan. Carroll said that Carpenter made it through the game okay, but he has not made a decision on who will start there on Sunday.
Carroll said that no serious injuries came out of Sunday’s game at Carolina that he’s aware of at this time. Jeron Johnson did suffer a minor hamstring strain, and Carroll will see if he can get back on the field later this week.