The most notable new face back at practice today was defensive end Cliff Avril, signed to a two-year, $13 million deal in the off-season, but so far unable to do much while battling a foot injury in the off-season, and a hamstring early in training camp.
Avril participated in individual drills today, and the team hopes will be able to do more tomorrow as he continues on his road back.
“It was just a start,’’ coach Pete Carroll said. “We couldn’t get him past the individual periods yet, but we’re going to do a little bit more tomorrow (Thursday). And then we are just going to start bringing him back. … Let’s wait until after tomorrow (to assess when he will be ready to play) and then we’ll see what happens.’’
Avril judged his day as “all right” and said “I’ve been wanting to get back out there since I had my little injury or whatever. It feels great. It feels great to be back out there and just trying to build that camaraderie. … This is a case of me just trying to get better every day and I’ve been working out after practice every day and they felt like I can go out there and do a little bit of stuff today. So it felt good.”
Asked if he expects to play Saturday, he said: “I’m not sure yet. I’m not sure. I’m just taking it day-by-day and we’ll see how it goes.”
He said he would like to play in at least one of the exhibition games to get ready for the season saying “it’s a little bit different from practicing. … the games are a lot quicker and a lot more physical. So you would definitely like to get a feel for it before the season starts, for sure.”
Here’s some video of Avril’s session with the media today: