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September 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Friday practice report: Browner and Avril “gametime decisions”

The Seahawks are off the field following their Friday practice, and with the rather interesting weather in Seattle right now, it was held indoors at the VMAC.

After it was over, coach Pete Carroll met with the media for the final time prior to Sunday’s season opener at Carolina and said the team is largely healthy.

The two big question marks, of those who would have been expected to play, are cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive end Cliff Avril.

Browner has been listed on the injury report since Wednesday with a hamstring injury, while Avril has been struggling throughout camp with a hamstring, as well.

Browner was listed as questionable on the team’s official injury report and did not participate. Avril is listed as doubtful but with the notation that he did practicec.

Carroll said each would be gametime decisions.

If Browner can’t go, Carroll said Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell would each play, without detailing what their exact roles would be. Thurmond has more experience as a nickelback so one option in those situations could be using Thurmond there and Maxwell outside.

If Avril can’t start, O’Brien Schofield would get the start at the LEO/end spot.

The rest of the projected starting lineup should be intact.

The only players listed as out for the game are DE Chris Clemons (knee), OL Michael Bowie (shoulder) and DT Jordan Hill (biceps).

Carroll said Clemons had a good week of work and could return in the next few weeks, though he won’t play against Carolina.

“He worked in the early parts of practice and we got him going and next week he’ll be full go,” Carroll said. “He looks fine. It’s just a matter of him getting his confidence back and getting enough time really pushing on big bodies and working against resistance as much as anything. … he’s way ahead and we are thrilled that he is going to make it back likely in the next few weeks anyway so we are beating the PUP thing and we are fired up to get him back.”

WRs Sidney Rice and Stephen Williams and DTs Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel were all listed as full participants in practice and will play.

Carroll, in reference to a question on Percy Harvin’s Tweet this week that he is hoping to be back week seven, said “that was a real positive, optimistic thought from Percy and I thing he’s going to surprise the doctors and all that. …. There have been nothing but positive reports about it and he has been great about it in every way and doing things twice a day here, so he is giving himself a chance to hit that mark, and that’s optimistic but he is thinking it’s real and we are going with it and we’ll see what happens.”

Below is the first few minutes of Carroll’s session with the media today, in which he addresses most of the key personnel issues:

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