The Seahawks are off the field following their Monday practice, and afterward Pete Carroll addressed the media, a session dominated with questions focusing on personnel issues.
And the position group that remains the most in flux remains the defensive line.
Maybe the most ominous today is the continuing uncertain status of DE Cliff Avril.
Carroll confirmed today that Avril had re-aggravated his hamstring in practice last week and that it’s unclear when he will return. Asked if Avril will be able to play in the opener, Carroll said “we don’t know if he’s going to be ready. We don’t know that right now.”
One issue was settled today when the Seahawks put DL Jesse Williams on the injured list, sidelining him for the season.
“His knee just wasn’t responding well enough and it’s going to take him along time to give him the consideration to get him right,” Carroll said. “So this is the right thing to do for Jesse he did everything we asked of him and looked good when he had his chances but his knee just wasn’t holding up so we have to give him a big break.”
Carroll said it was obvious when Williams tried to go against Denver that he was “really hobbling” and it became apparent Williams couldn’t hold up anymore.
Williams Tweeted out the following comment a little while ago:
Going to get right, have to come back better. #Determined
— Jesse Williams (@ThaMonstar) August 26, 2013
Carroll also said it remains unclear when Chris Clemons will return.
Carroll said Clemons will not practice this week.
“His workout, the one I watched on film I think it was yesterday was a terrific workout,” Carroll said. “He was out here for 40-something straight minutes working, he’s going to continue to take the next step, he needs to start pushing on people. He’s coming along great, he’s making great progress. I don’t know how close he is weeks-wise or games-wise but I talked to him today and he’s feeling really good and he’s excited that he’s closer to it. Can see he’s not favoring it or anything like that.”
Also, during the practice today, Brandon Mebane went down late with what Carroll said was “a little gr0in something today, we’ll see what that means.”
The good news on the DL is that Tony McDaniel returned and played well last week, though Carroll said it was too early to say that the DT spot is now his.
“We’ll wait and see,” he said. “I don’t know that yet. Tony had a nice game, he did well, he was active and aggressive and knocked the ball down, got some movement in his pass rush. We were happy with the way he played so we’ll put another week together. Been telling you a long time it’s going to be take the whole preseason to figure it out.”
In other personnel news today. …
— Carroll said CB Antoine Winfield sat out the Green Bay game with a sore knee but returned to practice today and is “feeling good.”
— WR Sidney Rice did not practice today but Carroll said they are “just being conservative with Sidney, that’s right. We’re pointing to the opener for that.”
— FB Michael Robinson also did not practice today and has been out since last Monday with an unspecified illness. Said Carroll: “He’s better. Much better. He was real sick and still some concerns about whatever he’s got and they are trying to figure it out. I don’t know anything to tell you on that.”
— TE Zach Miller was again full-go at practice and Carroll said he could play this week, but probably won’t as they try to assure he’s ready for the opener.
— OG James Carpenter practiced today but Carroll said it was too soon to say when he will play again, saying “it”s always about how he comes back the next day.”
— Carroll said rookie RB Spencer Ware only played a play or two against the Packers after jamming his wrist but that he is fine and will play Thursday.
— CB Ron Parker and WR Bryan Walters also returned to practice and will play this week, Carroll said.,
— S Jeron Johnson was not at practice for personal reasons.
— Also, appears that Clint Gresham has agreed to a re-structured deal to lessen his load on Seattle’s cap:
Seahawks LS Clint Gresham, an RFA, has agreed to a two-year, $1.655M contract, per league source. Now signed through 2014
— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) August 26, 2013
Greshman was due to make $1.3 million this year, making him the highest-paid long-snapper in the NFL. His new deal will save Seattle $500,000 or so in salary cap space.
Finally, here’s some video of Carroll’s session with the media today: