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Pete Carroll: We have a big decision to make with Chris Clemons

Chris Clemons; Ryan Fitzpatrick AP

Cliff Avril is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury for the Seahawks, which cuts into their enviable depth at the position a little bit with the start of the season around the corner.

Should Avril miss time in the regular season, the Seahawks might be able to turn to Chris Clemons as a replacement. Coach Pete Carroll was asked Wednesday if the reason why Clemons wasn’t placed on the reserve PUP list along with wide receiver Percy Harvin earlier this week was because he’s close enough to playing that there’s no reason to wipe out the first six weeks of the season and the coach indicated that it was.

“Clemons has been working out great. We watched him again today. He’s made fantastic progress,” Carroll said, via Curtis Crabtree of PFT. “You would not have been able to tell from his workout today that he had any issue, so that’s a really good sign. He hasn’t worked against anybody, hasn’t practiced or any of that kind of stuff but it’s a great sign. We have a big decision to make there. We’ll figure that one out.”

Clemons tore his ACL in the Seahawks’ playoff victory over the Redskins, but Carroll has said more than once this summer that a Week One return wasn’t out of the question for the player who has tallied 33.5 sacks over the last three years. If he can go in Week One, the Seahawks will have options to use against Cam Newton whether Avril can play or not. Even if he doesn’t, it sounds like Clemons has a good shot to be starting the year on the 53-man roster than the PUP list.

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15 Responses to “Pete Carroll: We have a big decision to make with Chris Clemons”
  1. baddegg says: Aug 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    Note that Clemmons tore his ACL the same game as Griffin. AND that he has a shot to come back week one.

    And, there are no snarky remarks from folks talking about how Carroll is going to ruin him forever.

    Interesting.

  2. mathomp3 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:33 PM

    Great news!

  3. artofscore says: Aug 28, 2013 3:34 PM

    He had 11.5 sacks last year not 11.

  4. lonskils says: Aug 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    I don’t think Pete spent 3 first round and 2 second round picks on Cliff, did he?

  5. whatwhat2013 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:38 PM

    Note that both players tore their ACL’s on that pathetic green painted dirt which an NFC Divisional Playoff game was held.

  6. rickyspanish says: Aug 28, 2013 3:40 PM

    baddegg

    This isn’t Clemons’ 2nd knee surgery in two years. Quite different. ‘

  7. rt61 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:41 PM

    A 32 year old coming off an ACL tear — age matters –who hasn’t participated in any contact with that knee? Nice to see him off the dreaded PUP but got to think he’ll either miss the first few games or be ineffective in those games.

  8. mn1288 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:50 PM

    That second surgery will come at about week 4….can’t rush a big man back when it’s his knee.

  9. tedmurph says: Aug 28, 2013 4:11 PM

    Why doesn’t Pete just increase the dosage on the ‘magic injury healing stuff’?

  10. officialgame says: Aug 28, 2013 4:11 PM

    baddegg says:Aug 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    Note that Clemmons tore his ACL the same game as Griffin. AND that he has a shot to come back week one.

    And, there are no snarky remarks from folks talking about how Carroll is going to ruin him forever.

    average run of the mill defensive end and RG3 is the Redskins franchise QB. Not to mention RG3 tore up the same knee his junior college season and and tore up his ACL, MCL, and PCL.

  11. trollhammer20 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:12 PM

    As I am typing this, we are eight posts into a Seahawk article with no mention of PEDs.

    We’re through the looking glass here, people.

  12. demskinsbaby says: Aug 28, 2013 4:44 PM

    lonskils says: Aug 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    I don’t think Pete spent 3 first round and 2 second round picks on Cliff, did he?

    *I don’t think Shanahan spent 3 first round and 2 second round picks on RGIII, did he?

  13. lawgk says: Aug 28, 2013 4:48 PM

    Clem will be back, better than ever! Legion of BOOM,

  14. udontknowjacku says: Aug 28, 2013 5:09 PM

    Shanahan gave up 2 first round and 1 second

  15. oreo51 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:19 AM

    It would be a huge boost to the Seahawks if Clem can go before week 6. Until proven otherwise he is the teams primary pass rusher. Just having him on the field gives the Hawks options with their pass rush. They have added so many bodies at the rush end/ OLB position the offenses may not know where the pressure is coming from.

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