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Friday in Hawkville: Chris Clemons voted Ed Block Courage Award

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Nine months removed from major knee surgery. Chris Clemons is back and collecting sacks. His teammates have honored the Seahawks’ Leo end by voting Clemons the Ed Block Courage Award.


A recap of the events at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 1, when the Seahawks held their last full practice before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: COURAGE

As in the Ed Block Courage Award, which is presented annually to the player his teammates view as a role model for inspiration, sportsmanship and courage. This year’s winner for the Seahawks is defensive end Chris Clemons, it was announced Friday.

Clemons, who had 33.5 sacks in his first three seasons with the team, had surgery after tearing a knee ligament in the wild-card playoff win over the Washington Redskins on Jan. 6. But he returned after missing the first two games this season and has 3.5 sacks in six games.

“We think highly of the Ed Block Award,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “Our players vote for that and they look for a guy who has overcome a lot of obstacles and done it with great attitude and has bounced back and has really been tough.

“Clem has done all of that. Major knee injury. Surgery. Rehab. All that. Remember, it was the second-to-last game of the year, so he had a short time to get back. And he did a fantastic job. And when he’s been back, he’s been active and been part of it. He’s been a big factor.

“He’s very deserving.”   

INJURY REPORT: MARSHAWN LYNCH RETURNS, EARL THOMAS SENT HOME SICK

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

STAT DU JOUR: BEST, AND NOT-SO-BEST, ON OPENING DAY

Thanks to Jayson Jenks’ “Fantasy tip” in the Seattle Times for planting the seed on this one. Marshawn Lynch is coming off a 23-yard rushing effort in Monday night’s game against the Rams. But since 2011, Lynch has rushed for fewer than 50 yards eight times – including back-to-back games in 2011 – only to average 100 yards and score six touchdowns in the games after those subpar efforts. Here’s a look at those contrasting contributions:

2013
Week, opponent Yds. TD
Week 1 vs. Panthers 43 0
Week 2 vs. 49ers   98 2

2012
Week, opponent Yds. TD
Week 6 vs. Patriots 41 0
Week 7 vs. 49ers  103 0
Week 13 vs. Dolphins 46 0
Week 14 vs. Bears 87 1

2011
Week, opponent Yds. TD
Week 1 vs. 49ers 33 0
Week 2 vs. Steelers 11 0
Week 3 vs. Cardinals 73 0
Week 4 vs. Falcons 24 1
Week 5 vs. Giants 98 1
Week 8 vs. Bengals 24 1
Week 9 vs. Cowboys 135 1
Week 14 vs. Bears 42 2
Week 16 vs. 49ers 107 1

Out
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)

Probable
DL Michael Bennett (illness)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
NT Brandon Mebane (not injury related)
OG J.R. Sweezy (elbow)
FS Earl Thomas (illness)

Lynch returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday to rest a sore knee, and he will play against the Buccaneers. So will Thomas, who was sent home because he was sick.

“Marshawn is fine. He feels good,” Carroll said. “His knee was a little sore and we took a look at some stuff, but he came out and was raring to go today. He got his walkthrough work earlier in the week, so he’s ready for the game plan.”

On Thomas, Carroll said, “Earl showed up sick, so we just sent him back home.” Asked if he expected Thomas to play Sunday, Carroll added, “Earl’s fine. He’s just sick and had a tough night. So we wanted to make sure that he’ll be rested.”

Carroll also provided updates on tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini, as well as wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Okung and Giacomini are scheduled to return to the practice field on Wednesday. Okung has missed the past six games with a toe injury and remains on injured reserve with a designation to return. Giacomini has missed the past five games after having a surgical procedure on a knee.

“We’re really encouraged. Every day (Russell) has worked he’s shown he can handle it with the rehab portion of it,” Carroll said. “Breno will be back about on the same day. It’s looking like the same day those guys will come back to the practice field and start working. And then we’ll have to determine what that means. We won’t know until we get going.”

Harvin will not be activated this week after not practicing. “We’ve been quiet with him making sure,” Carroll said.  “He was a little sore last week, so we’re just making sure he’ll be ready to go and we won’t waste our opportunity with him on the practice field.”

Harvin did have another MRI “to make sure we’re seeing everything right,” as Carroll put it. “There were no complications and all of that. So we’re just bringing him back.”

As for Harvin’s window to practice before he can be added to the 53-man roster, Carroll said, “If he was on our team and was banged up, we certainly wouldn’t mind keeping him as one of the inactives. So if that’s where it winds up a few weeks from now that’s what it is. But we’re hoping to get him back. He was fine a week ago, ready to go, and the wear and tear of the comeback got him a little bit. So we’re just slowing it down.”  

For the Buccaneers:

YOU DON'T SAY

“It feels like we have not been here very often. So every time we come back we want to cherish the opportunity and play for the people that love us and go crazy for us.”

Coach Pete Carroll on the Seahawks playing in front of their 12th Man fans for the first time since Week 6.

Out
RB Jeff Demps (groin)
OG Carl Nicks (foot)
RB Doug Martin (shoulder)

Questionable
S Mark Barron (hip)
LB Mason Foster (hamstring)
S Dashon Goldson (knee)
DT Derek Landri (back)
WR Chris Owusu (foot)
LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder)

Probable
OG Davin Joseph (knee)
LB Mason Foster (hamstring)
DT Akeem Spence (wrist)
S Keith Tandy (ankle)

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