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Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons has been out of action since he suffered a serious knew injury against the Washington Redskins in their 2012 playoff game.
It appears that Clemons is recovering much faster than originally expected and he could make it back in time for the Seahawks Sunday Night Football matchup against the hated San Francisco 49ers.
The Seahawks are wanting to take it slow as the risk of re-injuring his knee is high and would mean missing more time, possibly the entire 2013 season. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks medical staff won’t take that risk as Clemons is the best pass rusher on the roster and one of the best in the NFL over the past three seasons.
Clemons was limited in participation on Wednesdays practice. The surprising news was that on Thursday, Clemons was designated as “full participation,” meaning he received 100% of his normal repetitions. With only three days to go until the primetime game, it’s unlikely that Clemons will see his normal workload, but it appears he will at least play against the 49ers.
DE Cliff Avril, T Michael Bowie, WR Sidney Rice and TE Luke Willson were the other Seahawks on the injury list who returned to full practice on Thursday.
Cornerback Brandon Browner did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday due to a hamstring injury. Walter Thurmond did a solid job of playing Browner’s position against the Carolina Panthers in the Week 1 victory.