There is a possibility that the Seattle Seahawks may have a couple of pieces back from its defense in time for Sunday night’s big tilt against the San Francisco 49ers.
Cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive end Cliff Avril, both nursing hamstring injuries, could play against the Niners, despite Browner being held out of practice today and Avril practicing on a limited basis.
It sounds like Browner is on a good track, according to comments made by head coach Pete Carroll as reported by ESPN.com Seahawks reporter Terry Blount.
“It looks like he’s got a good chance to make it back. We will try to do it right and not push it too soon. But tomorrow will be a big day for us to understand [if Browner is ready], and we will go all the way to Friday to see how he responds. So we won’t know for a while.”
In Avril’s case, Carroll said that the DT was “close to playing [at Carolina]” and were “planning on him being part of it this week.”
Last season, Browner recorded 44 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions last season for the Seahawks, who were a win away from an NFC Championship matchup against San Francisco. This is Avril’s first season with Seattle after five seasons in Detroit, where he recorded 39.5 sacks (including a career high 11.0 in 2011 and 9.5 in 2012).