Wednesday in Hawkville: Chris Clemons has a chance to play against Cardinals

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Despite hyperextending an elbow in Sunday’s game against the Titans, defensive end Chris Clemons took part in Wednesday’s practice and is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game in Arizona.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 16, which might have been Wednesday on the calendar but was Friday and Saturday for the Seahawks as they held one last practice and then flew to Phoenix for Thursday night’s nationally televised game against the Cardinals:


That’s Chris Clemons’ status for Thursday night’s game, which is an improvement from just a couple days ago because of the elbow the Seahawks’ Leo end hyperextended in Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans.

Clemons got some work Wednesday in the team’s last on-field session before their nationally televised matchup with the Cardinals.

“We’re going to work him out in pregame (warm-ups),” coach Pete Carroll said. “He practiced a little bit today and he definitely has a chance.”

Monday, Carroll said Clemons’ status would be a matter of “pain tolerance.” But Wednesday he was moving without any visible sign of pain.

Clemons has played in four games and started the last two after returning from the January surgery to repair ligament and meniscus damaged in his left knee. He has 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks.



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The official status report, as released by the team:


OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
MLB Bobby Wagner (ankle)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)


DE Chris Clemons (elbow)


RB Marshawn Lynch (hip)
TE Zach Miller (hamstring)

Clemons and Lynch were limited in practice, but Miller took part in all phases of the workout.

On Lynch, who was listed as questionable last week with a sore hip, Carroll said, “He’s fine. He made it through last week so that he could play and he felt fine in the game. … He feels good enough and he should be good, but we won’t really know until we get out there and start playing.”


The Seahawks are 1-3 in their previous Thursday night games, including 1-1 under Carroll. Here’s a look at how those midweek primetime games have gone:

Season, week    Outcome
1996, Week 8 L, 34-16 at Chiefs
2006, Week 15 L, 24-14 vs. 49ers
2011, Week 13 W, 31-14 vs. Eagles
2012, Week 7 L, 13-6 at 49ers

The Seahawks also are 1-2 in Thanksgiving Day games against the Cowboys in Dallas - losing 51-7 in 1980, winning 31-14 in 1986, and losing 34-9 in 2008.

Carroll also had an update on right tackle Breno Giacomini, who has missed the past three games following a procedure on a knee: “He’s turned the corner. He’s moving around well. He’s not limping around or anything. They had to remove some fluid from his knee that made a big difference. Each week, we’ll just have to wait and see. This is the kind of surgery where he could have come back in four or five weeks, so he still has a chance to do that.”

For the Cardinals:

They had not finished practicing, so the Cardinals’ latest report was not available when the buses left VMAC for the airport. But they had five players who were limited in practice Tuesday: LB John Abraham (shoulder), DE Calais Campbell (neck), LB Karlos Dansby (quadriceps), WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and TE Rob Housler (ankle).

As Fitzgerald told, “I’m fine. It’s a division game against the division leaders. You don’t make excuses. You just go out and play ball.”


After Thursday night’s game, the players will lift and have meetings on Friday before getting Saturday, Sunday and Monday off. It’s the reward at the other end of this short week.

“There’s a little give and take there,” Carroll said. “We’re going to take full advantage of the time after this game to get strong for the next week that comes up as well.”