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Thursday in Hawkville: Brandon Browner makes next step toward returning

Posted Sep 19, 2013

After missing the Seahawks’ first two games because of a hamstring injury, cornerback Brandon Browner returned to practice on a fulltime basis – the needed next step in returning to the lineup.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 19, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: B.B.

OK, that’s initials. But it’s also what his teammates and coaches call Brandon Browner, and Thursday the Seahawks’ starting right cornerback got more reps in practice – and with the No. 1 defense – than he has since injuring his left hamstring in practice two weeks ago.

“It was good see him out there, wasn’t it,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said after practice. “I was fired up to have Brandon back working in that way. He looks really strong. It shows how hard he worked to come back from an injury. You wouldn’t expect anything different from B.B.”

How Browner responses to the work he got in practice will determine whether he makes his regular-season debut in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

“He’s going to go through tomorrow, then we’ll visit with coach (Pete Carroll) and made the determinations on some of the guys who are just coming back,” Quinn said. “It was an encouraging first day, so we’re fired up about where he’s heading.”

Thursday, Browner was usually heading into the direction of the ball – and receiver. On one snap, he turned and ran with the receiver as he broke from the line. On another, Browner broke on the ball, tipped the pass incomplete and then spun away to avoid running into the receiver.   

INJURY REPORT: MORE REPS FOR CHRIS CLEMONS, J.R. SWEEZY RETURNS

The official report, as issued by the team:

YOU DON'T SAY

“It’s like throwing meat out to wolves sometimes. Everybody wants it. Everybody wants the ball.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman on the Seahawks’ secondary getting three interceptions in last week’s game against the 49ers

Out
OT Russell Okung (toe)

Did not practice
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)

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

In addition to Browner’s increased workload, Clemons also saw his most extensive action since before having knee surgery in January. Like Browner, Clemons has yet to play this season.

“For the last couple weeks, it’s been good having Clem back out there,” Quinn said. “Another week for him getting going and getting stronger and doing it. You can feel the energy he brings out to the field and the practice, and the attitude and style that he plays with.”

Sweezy was back at right guard with the No. 1 line after sitting out Wednesday to rest a sore back.

STAT DU JOUR: SEAHAWKS, JAGUARS JOINED AT THE STATISTICAL ODDITY

How good has the Seahawks’ pass defense been this season? The Seahawks not only lead the NFL in fewest average passing yards allowed, they’re one of only two teams in the league that is allowing more rushing yards than passing yards. The other? The Jaguars. Here’s a look at how their averages stack up against the league average as well as the other teams that are even remotely close:

Team Avg. rush yards Avg. pass yards
Seahawks 117.0 113.0
Jaguars 173.5 142.5
NFL avg. 98.5 255.5
Patriots 132.5 169.5
Saints 124.0 196.0
Steelers 119.5 198.5

For the Jaguars:

Did not practice
CB Alan Ball (groin)
CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle)
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle)
DT Roy Miller (knee)

Limited in practice
WR Stephen Burton (hip)
WR Mike Brown (back)
QB Blaine Gabbert (right hand)
TE Marcedes Lewis (calf)
OG Uche Nwaneri (knee)
OG Will Rackley (knee)
TE Allen Reisner (toe)
WR Ace Sanders (ribs)
LB J.T. Thomas (hamstring)

Full participation
DE Jason Babin (not injury related)
C Brad Meester (not in related)

THINKING OF KEN NORTON JR.

Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. was not at practice because his father, former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, passed away on Wednesday. The elder Norton died in an Arizona hospital, where he was undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a stroke. He was 70.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this time,” Quinn said.

With Norton gone, quality control coach Robert Saleh worked with the linebacker during practice.

PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE: FORMER EWU RECEIVER SIGNED

Wide receiver Nicholas Edwards was signed to the practice squad. To clear a spot on the eight-man unit, defensive tackle Michael Brooks was released.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Edwards played at Eastern Washington University. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent after April’s NFL Draft but released in May.

SPLITTING THE UPRIGHTS: STEVEN HAUSCHKA HITS ANOTHER ONE

Fans attempting to watch practice from a boat on Lake Washington had a set of goal posts with a “Kick it Here” sign. So Steven Hauschka did.

The Seahawks’ kicker, along with snapper Clint Gresham and holder Jon Ryan, went to a corner of the practice fields where Hauschka lofted one into the boat.

Was it good? “Of course,” Hauschka said with a smile.

Just like everything he has kicked this season. Hauschka is 4 of 4 on field goals attempts, 3 of 3 on PATs and eight of his 10 kickoffs have been touchbacks.

UP NEXT: “NO REPEAT FRIDAY”

The players will hold their final full practice before Sunday’s game on Friday.