It’s likely that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner will miss his second straight game.
Pete Carroll told reporters after practice that Browner, who miss practice all week with a hamstring issue, will be listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against San Francisco.
If Browner can’t go, Walter Thurmond will get his second straight start.
“He has not been able to get as much work as we had hoped,” Carroll said about Browner.
Along with Browner, safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) also did not practice and is listed as doubtful.
The news is better concerning defensive end Cliff Avril. Carroll said the team’s top free agent acquisition is listed as probable, and should play for the first time this year on Sunday.
“He could have played last week,” Carroll said. “No he comes back and puts another week behind him, and went all the reps and took full-speed work. So we know he’s ready to go.”
Along with Avril, tight end Luke Wilson (oblique), offensive lineman Michael Bowie (shoulder), receiver Sidney Rice (knee), defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle) and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (groin) all fully participated in practice and are probable.
McDaniel returned to practice today after missing Thursday’s workout.
Defensive end Chris Clemons fully participated in practice for a second straight day, but is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
“Chris had a great week,” Carroll said. “We were just thrilled. Wednesday was the first day, and you could kind of see him knocking off the rust. Thursday he was good, and Friday again he was good. So he’s going to have a real chance in the next couple weeks to get back and play for us.”
Defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) did not practice today, and is listed as out for Sunday’s game.
For San Francisco, the only player on the team’s injury report is running back LaMichael James, who’s listed as questionable with a knee injury.
Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright received a $7,875 fine from the league for unnecessary roughness before a taunting penalty he got during the Carolina game. Wright had words with Carolina safety Colin Jones after he pulled Jones from a scrum by both his legs.
Wright’s teammate Chris Maragos had recovered a fumble under the pile on the play.
Carolina defensive lineman Frank Alexander also received a $15,750 fine for his ejection after throwing a punch at Breno Giacomini, which you can watch here.
“It’s football; that’s the way football should be, I think,” Giacomini said about the play. “I don’t think he should’ve got fined. Maybe a flag, but a fine? I think that’s too much personally.”
Carroll turns 62 on Sunday, so of course I asked him if he was going to catch a flight to Denver so he can attempt to throw a football as far as his age once again in the high altitude of Mile High Stadium.
Carroll has been blessed that his birthday has fallen around the same time Seattle has played games in Denver the past two seasons.
However, this year Carroll said he’ll have to wait for the elements to cooperate with him closer to him.
“I never have said that I have to do that on my birthday,” Carroll said, smiling. “And I keep looking at that flag, and that flag’s got to get ripping in the right direction.
“I took a little test run, and I need a little bit more elements in my support right now.”