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Friday in Hawkville: Chris Clemons to play against Jaguars

Posted Sep 20, 2013

A recap of the events at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 20, when the Seahawks held their final full practice before Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field.

A recap of the events at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 20, when the Seahawks held their final full practice before Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: CLEM

The day the Seahawks and their sack leader the past three seasons have been waiting for is about to arrive, as Leo end Chris Clemons will play in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field.

It was eight months and two weeks ago that Clemons – or Clem, as his teammates and coaches call him – damaged a ligament and meniscus in his left knee during the wild-card victory over the Washington Redskins.

After not only making it through a full week of practice, but looking better each day, coach Pete Carroll announced that Clemons is ready to play.

“I’m really excited to tell you Chris is going to play this week,” Carroll told reporters after practice. “We’re really thrilled for him. It means the world to Chris, of course, that he gets back.”

How much Clemons plays in his 2013 debut remains to be seen. Where he plays is obvious – at the Leo end spot, where he has generated 33.5 sacks the past three seasons. So the nickel line against the Jaguars could feature Clemons coming off one edge and free-agent addition Cliff Avril coming off the other edge. Avril made his Seahawks’ debut in Sunday night’s home opener against the San Francisco 49ers, after being sidelined by a hamstring injury, and he contributed a fumble-forcing sack to the 29-3 victory.

“Chris had great preparation, he had a fantastic recovery process – the rehab, everything,” Carroll said. “So he has a chance to play for us this week. And I’m really fired up that he gets to join us.”

On one snap in practice, Clemons displayed his usual explosive burst and then used a nifty spin move to get around rookie tackle Michael Bowie.

“The first half of the first day, he was feeling his way a little bit. Which is absolutely normal,” Carroll said. “But the end of the first day, he was going. The next day he came back and he was fine. And he’s been solid all the way throughout.”

INJURY REPORT: MALCOLM SMITH QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY’S GAME

The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:

YOU DON'T SAY

“The fans understand what our goal is, and our goal is to go 1-0 every week. So we need all the fans to rise up again and be loud for us and bring a lot of energy to the stadium.”

quarterback Russell Wilson

Out
OT Russell Okung (toe)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)

Doubtful
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)

Questionable
LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)

Probable
CB Brandon Browner (hamstring)
DE Chris Clemons (knee)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
OG J.R. Sweezy (back)

Browner has gotten progressively more reps in each practice this week after sitting out the first two games with a hamstring injury. “He practiced all week, he did a good job,” Carroll said, adding that the starting right cornerback is ready to play.

With Smith limited in practice all week, O’Brien Schofield has been working at strong-side linebacker with the No. 1 defense. Ware and Johnson have not practiced this week and Carroll said it’s unlikely they will play.

For the Jaguars:

STAT DU JOUR: SEAHAWKS LOOKING FOR 10th CONSECUTIVE HOME VICTORY

The Seahawks are riding the third-longest home winning streak in franchise history after going 8-0 at CenturyLink Field last season and winning Sunday night’s home opener against the 49ers. Here’s a look at the longest streaks:

Seasons Consecutive wins
2004-06 12
2002-04 10
2012-present 9

Out
WR Mike Brown (back)
QB Blaine Gabbert (right hand)
CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle)
TE Marcedes Lewis (calf)

Questionable
CB Alan Ball (groin)
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle)
DT Roy Miller (knee)

Probable
WR Stephen Burton (hip)
DT Roy Miller (knee)
OG Uche Nwaneri (knee)
OG Will Rackley (knee)
TE Allen Reisner (toe)
WR Ace Sanders (ribs)
LB J.T. Thomas (hamstring)

Jones-Drew got limited work in practice Friday after sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday because of the ankle injury he got in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders in Oakland.

PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE: MICHAEL BROOKS RETURNS

Defensive tackle Michael Brooks, who was released from the practice squad Thursday, is back. And to clear a spot on the eight-man unit, the players whose signing prompted his release was released – former Eastern Washington University wide receiver Nicolas Edwards.

The 6-foot-3, 276-pound Brooks was claimed off waivers on March 29 and released on the roster cut to 53 players on Aug. 31. He was signed to the practice squad the next day, released on Sept. 11 and re-signed the next day.

REMEMBERING KEN NORTON

Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. is scheduled to rejoin the team Friday night after being in Arizona to attend the funeral of his father, former heavyweight champion Ken Norton.

“He’s had an enormous shockwave go through his family with the loss of his father,” Carroll said. “He was so dear to him, and Ken Norton Sr. was a friend to all of our program and an incredible person and incredible man. When anybody loses their father it’s devastating, and it certainly was for Kenny and his family. We wish him the best.”

The elder Norton died Wednesday. He was 70.

Offensive line coach Tom Cable missed Friday’s practice because of a family matter.

UP NEXT: CANADA DAY

The players will have a walkthrough on Saturday, their final on-field preparation for Sunday’s game – which is Canada Day at CenturyLink Field.

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