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Brandon Browner doubtful, Cliff Avril expected to play vs. 49ers - Sept. 13, 2013

Brandon Browner doubtful, Cliff Avril expected to play vs. 49ers - Sept. 13, 2013

Cliff Avril #92 of the Detroit Lions sacks Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders in the final minute of their game at O.co Coliseum on December 18, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks will get to see DE Cliff Avril make his debut with the team Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

The season debuts of CB Brandon Browner and DE Chris Clemons appear to be on a standby for another week.

Head coach Pete Carroll said Avril is ready to play after getting a full week of practice in with the team. He wasn't able to play at all in the preseason and missed the season opener against the Carolina Panthers dealing with a hamstring strain.

"This is the best I've felt in a long time - since prior to camp - so I definitely feel great," Avril said.

The news on Browner wasn't as encouraging. Carroll had been optimistic Browner would be able to make it back this week and practice by Thursday. That didn't happen as Browner was sidelined all week.

"He's doubtful going into the game. We'll see what happens on game day. We'll take it all the way up until then - has not been able to get as much work as we'd hoped," Carroll said.

"Just wasn't right enough. He's still working and running in rehab but we did not get him on the field.

Browner has missed the last five regular season games for Seattle. The last four games of 2012 were lost to suspension and he missed last week's game against the Panthers due to injury. Seattle is 5-0 in those games with a 42-13 win over the 49ers in Week 16 last year.

CB Walter Thurmond and CB Byron Maxwell would be replacements for Browner assuming he's unable to play.

Clemons is continuing to improve from his knee injury and is getting closer to returning to the field. This week could still be overly optimistic, however.

Clemons managed to practice each day this week and Carroll said that he looked good the last couple days.

"Chris had a great week. We were just thrilled," Carroll said.

Carroll said Clemons is pushing them to let him get back on the field. However, Carroll wouldn't go as far as saying Clemons would play this week.

"He's going to have a real chance in the next couple weeks to get back and play for us," Carroll said.

DT Jordan Hill is officially out for the game with a biceps strain. Carroll said they think Hill might be able to return to practice next week. Carroll also said S Jeron Johnson won't play, though he's listed as doubtful on the injury report. Johnson has a hamstring strain suffered on the opening kickoff against the Panthers last week.

Injury Report:

San Francisco 49ers

Questionable

RB LaMichael James (knee) - DNP

Seattle Seahawks

Out

DT Jordan Hill (biceps) - DNP

Doubtful

CB Brandon Browner (hamstring) - DNP
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring) - DNP

Questionable

DE Chris Clemons (knee) - Full

Probable

TE Luke Willson (oblique) - Full
DE Cliff Avril (hamstring) - Full
T Michael Bowie (shoulder) - Full
WR Sidney Rice (knee) - Full
DT Brandon Mebane (ankle) - Full
DT Tony McDaniel (groin) - Full

 

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