An already dominant Seattle Seahawks defense may soon get even better as cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive end Chris Clemons were both full participants in Thursday’s practice and may return to the field for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to an ESPN report posted yesterday.
Browner has been out the past two weeks with a hamstring injury while Clemons has been recovering from offseason ACL surgery.
“It was an encouraging first day, so we’re fired up about where he’s headed,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said of Browner, according to ESPN. When asked if Browner was ready to return to his starting role, Quinn said, “we’re going to go through [Friday’s practice] and visit with coach [Pete Carroll] and make a determination.”
Clemon’s status for Sunday’s game was also unclear, although Quinn said that if he does return, it will most likely be situational.
“It's another week of him getting stronger,” Quinn said of Clemons. “You can feel the energy he brings to the field.”
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported today that Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung is likely to be placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after injuring his left toe in last week’s win over the San Francisco 49ers. Head coach Pete Carroll characterized the short-term IR designation as “good news,” because the team had worried he might be lost for the season. Okung will now be eligible to return to the team after eight weeks.
As previously reported, Paul McQuistan will fill in for Okung at left tackle, while James Carpenter will assume McQuistan’s normal spot at starting left guard.