The Seahawks obviously do not know when Chris Clemons will return from a torn ACL, but they must believe it will be before they play the Cardinals in Week 7 -- otherwise, they would have placed him on the PUP list, which would have caused him to miss the first six games of the year. Instead, Clemons is eligible to play next week against the Carolina Panthers.
That won't happen.
Clemons has not practiced with the team yet, though he's done some individual work on the side to get ready. He tore his ACL almost exactly eight months ago, which means that we are making ACLs way better than we used to! Robert Griffin III tore his ACL that day as well and is expected to start for the Redskins in Week 1.
Seattle may have felt additional pressure with their... pressure... since Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett have their own injuries to deal with and Bruce Irvin is suspended for the first four games of the season. Much like the Seahawks offense a year ago, the defense could look a lot different by Week 10 than it does next Sunday against Carolina.
You may be seeing a lot more Benson Mayowa and O'Brien Schofield to start the year than you will in a couple of months, but if they continue to play well then Jesus this team is going to be loaded in December.