No Major Issues!? Ok. Maybe 1 or 2
Here’s Brett’s weekly NFL injury rundown…
It comes as no surprise that Chris Clemons will be unable to play Sunday. I am a bit surprised that Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said he expects Clemons to fully participate in practice next week with no limitations.
What I take from that is if everything goes well in practice Chris should be ready play against the 49ers.
- DT Tony McDaniel (Groin) – Probable
- DT Brandon Mebane (Groin) – Probable
- WR Sidney Rice (Knee) – Probable
- WR Stephen Williams (Head) – Probable
- CB Brandon Browner (Hamstring) – Questionable
- DE Cliff Avril (Hamstring) – Doubtful
- T Michael Bowie (Shoulder) – Out
- DE Chris Clemons (Knee) – Out
- DT Jordan Hill (Biceps) – Out
It may only be for 10-15 snaps due to conditioning issues, but those snaps would add a little extra fire in the defense and a boost of energy into the already deafening 12th man.
However, if Clemons is able to play next week it brings me back to the question I posed in January.
Why did Chris Clemons wait 11 days to have surgery on his knee?
If Chris hadn’t waited I might be writing about his quick return and how he never missed any regular season games. I could write the same stuff people in Washington DC are writing about Robert Griffin III who had surgery less than 72 hours after the playoff game in which both players suffered knee injuries.
But I digress…
The most surprising name on this list is Brandon Browner who seemingly magically appeared on the injury list with a hamstring injury after making it through last weeks game uninjured, or so we thought. Pete Carroll stated that if Browner cannot play Walter Thurmond, Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell will split up the reps.
Though Pete did not specify how the players would split the time, I expect we could see Maxwell play some short yardage downs while Lane handles some passing situations.
I could see the team not placing Williams on the 46 man game day roster because of numbers.
On the other hand I would really like to see Williams play against Carolina’s questionable secondary, maybe Pete and Darrell Bevell would too.
- WLB Jon Beason (Knee) – Probable st
- TE Ben Hartstock (Foot) – Probable 2nd
- FB Mike Tolbert (Hamstring) – Probable st
- DT Dwan Edwards (Thigh) – Questionable st
- WR Domenik Hixon (Hamstring) – Questionable 3rd
- LG Amini Silatolu (Hamstring) – Questionable st
- SS Mike Mitchell (Calf) – Doubtful st
- RB Kenjon Barner (Foot) – Out 2nd Armond Smith next
- CB James Dockery (Thumb) – Out 2nd
Full back Mike Tolbert is probable for the game, however I have to question his conditioning after missing the entire preseason due to injury. We could see him struggle in his first game back which would help the Seahawks defense, especially in short yardage situations.
Last season Dwan Edwards had 2 sacks in the season opener against the Buccaneers. I’d prefer to see the Billings Montana native, who is listed as questionable, sit out the first week of the season this year.
If I were Carolina the injury I would be most concerned about would that of backup running back Kenjon Barner.
Instead of relieving Jonathan Stewart with Barner, the Panthers must now use Armond Smith who has a career rushing average per attempt of 0.3 yards.
Yes, that is right, 0.3 yards per attempt, which happens to be that same as his average yards per game.
The Panthers will likely be playing without their starting strong safety Mike Mitchell, yet it might actually help the team against the Seahawks. Former St. Louis Rams DB Quintin Mikell will get the start if Mitchell is unable to play.
Mikell has been with the Panthers less that a week but he knows the Seahawks offense very well.
The Seahawks are a little more banged up than the Panthers heading into the game. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers are a lot more banged up than the Seahawks after the game.
As physical as the Seahawks were last year I would say they have taken it up a notch.
This Seahawks team does’t just want to beat opponents, they want to punish them.