Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the defense of Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - One of the somewhat surprising roster moves during the cut-down to 53 players over the weekend was the decision by the Seattle Seahawks to keep DE Chris Clemons on their active roster.
The decision made more sense Monday when head coach Pete Carroll said Clemons would return to practice with the team on Wednesday.
"We're really excited about that," Carroll said. "He's had a great preparation to get back and it will be light on Wednesday but he's been really busting it."
Carroll said Clemons is not in consideration to play this weekend against the Carolina Panthers and the team will continue to take things slow to make sure he's ready to go before putting him on the field. However, it's definitely a positive step that he'll be back at practice for the first full practice of the regular season.
The news on Clemons wasn't the only positive step for the team on the injury front. WR Stephen Williams (concussion), WR Sidney Rice (knee), DT Brandon Mebane (groin), DT Tony McDaniel (groin) and T Michael Bowie (shoulder) are all expected to practice with the team Wednesday.
Carroll feared after the preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders last Thursday night that the shoulder injury to Bowie could be potentially more serious then they'd hoped. Instead, it appears they've dodged a bullet.
"The news was really good and he should be out at practice on Wednesday," Carroll said. "He had an old injury that showed up and was a little confusing at the start but he has a chance to be able to go for Wednesday's practice which is great."
DE Cliff Avril still appears to be a question mark for practice Wednesday but is also progressing from a hamstring strain. Carroll said he worked out prior to practice Monday and looked better than expected.
"He ran pretty well today. I'm anxious to see what happens later in the week," Carroll said. "I watched those guys work out today and he was moving better than I would have thought and the trainers. We'll see what happens. We'll see how he takes to this workout today and get another day off and see what happens. I don't know what that tells us but it's good news."
DE Michael Bennett was back to practice Monday after getting a minor procedure done on a bothersome toe over the weekend and is fine. Carroll didn't have a timeline on DT Jordan Hill. Hill suffered a strained biceps in practice two weeks ago and hasn't been able to practice since.
"He's feeling way better and he's getting closer," Carroll said. "I don't know when it's going to be but it's not going to be a long time before he has a chance to get back."
Unlike the past several seasons, the Seahawks did not make any additions to their roster through waiver claims following final cuts. LB John Lotulelei is now wearing No. 58 after switching from No. 46. Newly acquired DT D'Anthony Smith is in No.94
The team also announced their eight-man practice squad.
WR Bryan Walters
DB DeShawn Shead
TE Cooper Helfet
LB Ty Powell
G Ryan Seymour
C Jared Smith
DT Michael Brooks
DT Sealver Siliga
The Seahawks had added WR Chris Harper to their practice squad after clearing waivers on Sunday. However, the San Francisco 49ers signed Harper to their active roster on Monday. Players on practice squads are free to negotiate and sign to the 53-man rosters of other teams.