The news on the injury front concerning the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive line was not good, as head coach Pete Carroll talked to reporters after practice today.
Carroll said the team’s projected starter at “Leo” defensive end, Cliff Avril, re-aggravated a hamstring injury that kept him out of last week’s game at Green Bay.
“That was a whole week ago,” Carroll said. “That was way back when. It seems like old news to me. But that’s why he didn’t practice much last week.”
Carroll said he doesn’t know if Avril will be ready for the team’s season opener at Carolina.
The Seahawks also suffered another setback up front during practice, with defensive tackle Brandon Mebane suffering a groin injury midway through the team’s two-hour workout. Mebane watched the rest of practice from the sideline.
“He had a little groin thing today,” Carroll said. “We’ll see what that means.”
Carroll said the team decided to place rookie defensive tackle Jesse Williams on the season-ending injured list because he could not work through a lingering knee issue.
“It’s going to take him a long time, so (we wanted) to give him the consideration to get it right,” Carroll said. “This is the right thing we can do for Jesse. And he did everything we asked of him, and looked good when he had his chances. But his knee wasn’t holding up, so we had to give him a big break.”
Carroll went on to say that Williams looked really hobbled in the Denver game two weeks ago.
With Williams on the injured reserve, and Jordan Hill out with a strained bicep, it would appear Tony McDaniel has earned the starting defensive tackle job by default. But Carroll would not name McDaniel the starter yet.
“Tony had a nice game,” Carroll said. “He did well. He was active, and was aggressive. He knocked a ball down, got some movement in his pass rush. We were happy with the way he played, so we’re going to need to put another week together.
“I’ve been telling you for a long time that it’s going to be the whole preseason to figure it out. I would love to see him come back and have another big game.”
Carroll said that defensive end Chris Clemons will remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP list, and will not practice this week. The Seahawks still have a tough decision to make on whether to put Clemons on the active roster for Week 1 of the regular season, or keep him on the PUP list at the beginning of the season.
And that decision has been made even tougher with Avril’s lingering hamstring issues.
“His workout, the one I watched on film I think was yesterday, was a terrific workout,” Carroll said about Clemons. “He was out here for 40-something minutes straight working. He’s taking all of that, and he’s going to continue to take the next step to start pushing on people and all of that.
“He’s making great progress. I don’t know how close he is weeks-wise or games-wise, or any of that. But when I talked to him today, he feels really good. And he’s excited that he’s getting closer to it.”