The Seahawks are starting their practice week a day earlier than usual so as to give players Christmas day off, and they should be getting some defensive reinforcements back on the practice field.
Because the NFL requires teams to put out practice reports Wednesday through Friday for a Sunday game, the Seahawks will not put out a practice report for Tuesday's work, but head coach Pete Carroll said that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has missed the past two games due to illness and a core-muscle injury, was going to practice, as would cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who has missed two games with a hamstring injury.
That doesn't guarantee those two will play on Sunday when the Seahawks host the 49ers with the NFC West title on the line, but it's a positive first step. Less clear is the status of safety Quandre Diggs, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury.
"It's going to be slow early in the week," Carroll said. "We're going to take it all the way to the end of the week and see how he responds. It's going to be slow. It's going to be later in the week before we know anything about him."
Left tackle Duane Brown won't play this week after having knee surgery Monday, but there is still hope he can return in the postseason at some point if the Seahawks keep their season going long enough.
"There were no setbacks, no surprises, but a very necessary cleanup that was needed," Carroll said of the surgery. "He's just a couple days out, he just got back here today I think, so we don't know a whole lot, but everything was reported to be exactly like they had anticipated and there were no surprises."
Carroll added that running back C.J. Prosise, who broke his arm on Sunday, will also need surgery. It is not yet known if Chris Carson will need surgery for his season-ending hip injury.
Asked about linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who played on Sunday following a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury, Carroll said, "He made it through. He's a little sore from the work. I won't know how he's doing until later in the week."
Left guard Mike Iupati missed part of last week's game with a stinger, though he was eventually able to return to the game, and Carroll said, "Mike's practicing today, he seems to be all right."
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