The Seahawks head into Week 1 relatively healthy with the return of Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel to practice this week. The two interior defensive linemen are expected to play on Sunday are are officially listed as Probable, as are wideouts Sidney Rice and Stephen Williams. Pete Carroll also mentioned that G James Carpenter practiced fully this week and is playing without limitations. Carroll indicated that Carpenter will play in this weekend's game but will not be starting in place of Paul McQuistan at left guard. Let's see if he changes his mind about that before Sunday.
Cliff Avril also returned to practice this week and was a full go at practice today, but will be a game-time decision on Sunday, per Pete Carroll. He is officially listed as Doubtful though, and if he can't go, DE/OLB O'Brien Schofield will start in his place.
Chris Clemons will not play this week, nor will Jordan Hill or Michael Bowie.
Brandon Browner sat out again on Friday and is listed as Questionable. This is fairly disconcerting, especially because Browner had such a big impact on last year's game against Carolina with a forced fumble and recovery and a big stop on the goal-line. If Browner can't go, Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell will get reps in his place, said Carroll.
Flying under the radar is the fact that TE Zach Miller hasn't even been showing up on the injury report, so that's super encouraging at this point. Miller missed all of training camp and all but one preseason game with an undisclosed foot injury.
------- Pete Carroll Week 1 Friday Press Conference -------
OT Michael Bowie (shoulder), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Jordan Hill (bicep)
DE Cliff Avril (hamstring)
CB Brandon Browner (hamstring),
WR Sidney Rice (knee), WR Stephen Williams (head), DT Tony McDaniel (groin), DT Brandon Mebane (groin)
RB Kenjon Barner (foot) - DNP, CB James Dockery (thumb) - Limited
S Mike Mitchell (calf) - DNP
WR Domenik Hixon (hamstring) - Limited, G Amini Silatolu (hamstring) - Limited, DT Dwan Edwards (thigh) - DNP
TE Ben Hartsock (foot) - Full, FB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) - Full, LB Jon Beason (knee) - Full