The hamstring injury backup safety Jeron Johnson got on the opening kickoff against the Panthers is a minor strain, said Carroll, adding that how the injury responses during the week will dictate hisstatusfor the home opener.
Cornerback Brandon Browner did not play against the Panthers after injuring a hamstring in practice last Wednesday. He ran today and will again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Carroll said he’s hopeful Browner will be able to practice on Thursday.
Defensive ends Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril also were inactive against the Panthers, but they’re scheduled to practice on Wednesday. For Clemons, the team’s sack leader the past three seasons, it would be his first full-team practice reps since before tearing a ligament and meniscus in his left knee during the wild-card playoff win over the Washington Redskins in January.
“Clem’s going to practice. He’s going to take reps this week,” Carroll said. “He’ll just see how he does. We need to just get him through the practice routine and see if he can handle it, which we think he can.”
Carroll added that Clemons’ status remains day-to-day. “We don’t know how long it’s going to take,” he said. “It may take a couple more weeks. I don’t know.”
On Avril, a free-agent addition this offseason who has been bothered by hamstring injury, Carroll said, “We’re planning on him being part of it this week, unless he has some kind of setback we can’t foresee.”