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Brandon Browner doubtful, Cliff Avril expected to play for Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks look like they are going to be without cornerback Brandon Browner against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

Browner did not practice this week for the Seahawks and is listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report with a hamstring strain suffered last week in practice. Head coach Pete Carroll had been optimistic about Browner’s availability and hoped he would be able to return to practice by Thursday. When that didn’t happen, his status for the game against the 49ers came into doubt.

“He’s doubtful going into the game. We’ll see what happens on game day. We’ll take it all the way up until then – has not been able to get as much work as we’d hoped,” Carroll said.

“Just wasn’t right enough. He’s still working and running in rehab but we did not get him on the field.”

Browner has missed the last five regular season games for Seattle. A four-game suspension for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy sidelined him for the final four games of last season. The hamstring strain forced him to miss the season opener against the Carolina Panthers. The Seahawks are 5-0 in the games Browner has missed, including a 42-13 win over the 49ers last December in Seattle.

Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell would fill-in if Browner is unable to play.

On the positive side for Seattle, defensive end Cliff Avril is expected to make his season debut for the team on Sunday. Avril has been sidelined for the majority of the preseason with a hamstring strain of his own. He did not play in any of the team’s four preseason games. He briefly returned to practice ago before aggravating the injury and was forced to miss more time.

Carroll didn’t go as far as saying Avril will start for Seattle, but he is expected to play and is listed as probable on the injury report.

“This is the best I’ve felt in a long time – since prior to camp – so I definitely feel great,” Avril said.

In addition, defensive tackle Jordan Hill is out with a biceps strain and backup strong safety Jeron Johnson is expected to miss the game with a hamstring strain. Carroll wouldn’t rule out defensive end Chris Clemons from being able to play after practicing this week for the first time since an ACL tear in January. He’s listed as questionable for Seattle.

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37 Responses to “Brandon Browner doubtful, Cliff Avril expected to play for Seahawks”
  1. geicocaveman says: Sep 13, 2013 5:43 PM

    49ers in a rout over the hawks on Sunday night

  2. mikekowa says: Sep 13, 2013 5:46 PM

    Seattle is slowly getting healthy… once this thing gets rollin, watch out.

  3. dirtysouthniner says: Sep 13, 2013 5:51 PM

    I hope both our squads are healthy come playoffs! !

  4. babyjesus69 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:56 PM

    And the niners are playing without 2 of their top 3 wr’s in crabtree and manningham. I don’t want to hear about injuries as an excuse if the Seahawks lose this game.

  5. Smarterthanyou says: Sep 13, 2013 5:58 PM

    Bad news for TattooLongneck and Crybaby Harbaugh

  6. pathsovglory says: Sep 13, 2013 6:00 PM

    hope Thurm and Maxxy are ready for a fight cuz there’s no way the Niners are lining Boldin up across Sherm…

  7. pdway says: Sep 13, 2013 6:01 PM

    As big as this game feels right now, it’s still just one game in the standings, got to take your time with hamstrings or they will linger on and on.

    Can’t wait for this game to start . . .

  8. swaggyy says: Sep 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    Seahawks 35, Niners 17. Maxwell is better anyways. Boldin is going to be invisible

  9. 12thmanseattle says: Sep 13, 2013 6:05 PM

    Man i am pumped for this game! Two good teams with a huge rivalry and early control of the division on the line. Its like Christmas but better

  10. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 13, 2013 6:07 PM

    PED’s.

  11. dan1961 says: Sep 13, 2013 6:14 PM

    Bandon didn’t play on the last game they played and it didn’t make any difference at all Seahawks won big anyway we have really good backups at db.

  12. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 13, 2013 6:16 PM

    babyjesus69 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:56 PM

    “And the niners are playing without 2 of their top 3 wr’s in crabtree and manningham. I don’t want to hear about injuries as an excuse if the Seahawks lose this game.”

    And the Seahawks are without Harvin. Injuries are always a factor, but the Seahawks won’t use it as an excuse. Lets hope the 9ers don’t use it themselves.

  13. allday38 says: Sep 13, 2013 6:18 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I may despise the 49ers but do respect their talent and winning traditions. This isn’t just a game for us fans of Seattle and SF, this is to show the rest of the NFL that the two best teams are in the West!!! Hope both teams have a injury free game.
    Go Hawks!!!

  14. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 13, 2013 6:22 PM

    The NINERS will punch the seadderals in the mouth! all this thrash talking about kap from the 12th woman but they wish they had him! hes a russell wilson but WAAAAYYY BEEETTTERRR!!

  15. seatownballers says: Sep 13, 2013 6:23 PM

    May the best team win

  16. hillbillyjim says: Sep 13, 2013 6:27 PM

    Is Aldon going to shoot his gun in the air when he loses?

  17. jss86 says: Sep 13, 2013 6:46 PM

    @hillbilly

    No, aldons gonna shoot his gun in the air to celebrate the win.

  18. hillbillyjim says: Sep 13, 2013 7:38 PM

    I guess Aldon can leave his gun at home then.

  19. mrjackson206 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:42 PM

    They will lose the game without Browner. That’s a huge blow to their secondary. Walter Thurmond & Sherman isn’t enough.

  20. floratiotime says: Sep 13, 2013 7:43 PM

    Roids break you down over time.

  21. ketch20too says: Sep 13, 2013 7:48 PM

    Hawks d-line looked suspect against Carolina, some big holes and no pressure on Cam. 9er’s O-line could dominate leaving Kap to sit back and pick the secondary apart and let Gore run wild.

    Wilson, Kap, Luck, Dalton, RGII, Rogers, Tannehill great time to be a football fan. Could be like the class of ’83 on steroids(but that would be illegal). GO HAWKS!

  22. Matt B says: Sep 13, 2013 8:17 PM

    @mrjackson,

    The hawks have Kam, E.T., Maxwell and Jeremy Lane too. They’re NOT without talent on any phase of the D game.

  23. screechdaddy says: Sep 13, 2013 8:20 PM

    Carolina was a humid swamp last week, which accounts for the low-score as those conditions wear everybody down. Perfect football weather forecast for Sunday, plus the 12th Man will be louder than ever before going for the Guinness record, so Gonzo will feel like he’s playing on the tarmac at Sea-Tac with 747′s constantly taking off.

    Dirty-Whiners will bring it, but it just won’t be enough. Gonzo made it clear he mostly likes either Boldin or Davis, so we know who he’s throwing to. Hawks, on the other hand, have 5 very talented receivers who click very well with Wilson, which is why none of them racks up huge rcvg yards; Wilson spreads out his passing love equally, which makes our guys harder to cover. Oh, and I forgot to mention our 2 great TE’s, Miller and Willson. And our THREE great RB’s: Lynch, Turbo, and Chris Michael.

    We are healthy. We have depth. We are at home.

    And we have 12 Men! #GOHAWKS!!

  24. hawksfan3737 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:24 PM

    Ok….can all the Seahawks haters come up with something different than the PED jokes? You sound like whiny babies just like your coach!

  25. sonoco says: Sep 13, 2013 9:00 PM

    Avril is softer than a roll of Charmin. No worries

  26. 49erstim says: Sep 13, 2013 9:16 PM

    @hawksfan3737…….. it’s just as fresh as forty-whiners. Look dude….I don’t even care about the jokes or the rivalry or the noise or last year….. we’ve all talked this thing to DEATH. It is time to BRING it. This is what brings us all together no matter what team banner you wave. It’s almost GAMEDAY! Let’s get to the dang game already!

    As for Browner being iffy and possibly out….I’m actually sorry to hear that. I really want both teams as close to 100% as possible. It leads to a better game and the world will be focused on this game in primetime. I want people to know that the NFC West is STRONG again!

  27. hawkfan72 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:20 PM

    Mr Jackson:

    “They will lose the game without Browner. That’s a huge blow to their secondary. Walter Thurmond & Sherman isn’t enough.”

    Did you say that last year…when Browner was out for the 42-13 beatdown AND the Niners had Crabtree?

  28. fumblenuts says: Sep 13, 2013 9:48 PM

    49ers won’t be able to hear a friggin’ thing Sunday Night, Harblow will complain about the noise to the refs…..bank on it!

    GO HAWKS!!

  29. thebirdofprey says: Sep 13, 2013 10:06 PM

    Let me do a headcount of the whiner fans talking trash. I will again Monday after their team visits to Century Link and see how many show their face. I think that number was 1 in total last December. If any of you think we will have excuses for BB’s injury you need to understand he didn’t play last year and every Hawk fan knows we are the deepest secondary in NFL. Maxwell and Thurmond will step up and Lane is still there. I think this game will be closer than the last one but confident we can win it by 10 points. Set that record on their first drive 12s #volume12

  30. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:45 PM

    Mr.Jackson206… What happened the last time the Seahawks played the 49ers at home without Browner? Not having Browner is not a big blow as Thurmond, Maxwell, and Lane are all good enough to be starters on any team in the NFL. The loss of almost all of their d-ends is the reason for concern, not the loss of Browner.

  31. jayniner says: Sep 13, 2013 10:57 PM

    Good god Sunday night just can’t get here fast enough!

  32. hawksbaby says: Sep 13, 2013 11:23 PM

    sweetnlow44

    Thats right my fellow hawk! No excuses lets just play the game! Injuries are part of the game. Play ball! No whining!

  33. dirk504 says: Sep 14, 2013 12:16 AM

    I’m sure Cheat Carrol has some PEDs he can use to turn that doubtful, to a probably will play…

  34. tobis81 says: Sep 14, 2013 2:06 PM

    You know 49er trolls are pathetic when the first comment in a Hawks article is from one of them, HA!

  35. tobis81 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:15 PM

    @GIECOCAVEMAN- You claim the 49ers will beatdown the Hawks tomorrow night??? I bet you said that same thing the day before the last meeting, huh? How did that work out slick?

    @49ERSWILLDOMINATE- I’m sorry, but how is Kap better than Wilson, kid??? Wilson is the better pocket passer… Oh wait, Kap had one good game passing against a banged up GB secondary who had to start a rookie 4th round safety, and were missing their best CB in Heyward. I forgot now you all think he is the next John Elway, and Dan Marino, LMFAO!!! Kap is a whopping two tenths of a second faster than Wilson according to their combine times. Did I mention Wilson is much better throwing the ball from outside the pocket on roll-outs as well??? Yeah, sounds like Kap is much better than Wilson to me though, HAHA. You wonder why people laugh at you 49er fools. You’re all a bunch of pathetic jokes!

    There seems to be a lot of 49er fans trolling this Hawk article. I’m sure it will be quiet come late tomorrow night, just like it was after we played them last December. They all used the “I was with my family for x-mas” excuse after that 42-13 beatdown. We all know they were just in hiding!!!

  36. correctedyou says: Sep 15, 2013 3:05 AM

    No excuses Seahags. You couldn’t even get past Atlanta last post season, how do you expect to best us? CLink will become our new vacation home, as you guys have no idea what kind of Goring you have in store for you with your D-line missing the pieces that it is.

    Oh, and St. Louis is better than you too.

  37. bbreon03 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:50 AM

    Wherew

    Where is all the whinner fans now?!!!!
    GO HAWKS!!!!

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