Seahawks injury report includes Brandon Browner
Browner was listed as having limited participation in practice due to a hamstring injury.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle’s official injury report released after practice Wednesday included a new name — starting cornerback Brandon Browner.
Browner was listed as having limited participation in practice due to a hamstring injury. Coach Pete Carroll spoke to the media before practice, so there were no additional details on the injury for Browner, who had not previously been listed as injured.
If Browner were unable to play Sunday against Carolina he would be replaced in the starting lineup by Walter Thurmond, the fourth-year player from Oregon who has had a standout camp and emerged as the team’s nickelback and third cornerback.
Avril hoping to play
Defensive end Cliff Avril was also listed as having limited participation in practice with a hamstring injury that has lingered throughout camp.
The six-year veteran was one of Seattle’s key offseason free-agent signees, but has been plagued by injuries since becoming a Seahawk, bothered by a foot injury in the spring and then the hamstring injury suffered early in camp.
Avril said he wanted to get back on the field as soon as he could in part so he could begin “building that trust’’ with his teammates “showing them what I can do.”
Avril spoke to reporters before practice and said he hoped to be able to participate fully and said the hamstring is “getting better. Everything’s getting better.’’
But he also was cautious in his assessment of his chances of being 100 percent healthy Sunday.
“I’m not sure,’’ he said. “I’ve got to take it day by day and hopefully I feel great today and move forward tomorrow, and hopefully we can make that happen.”
If Avril can’t go, then O’Brien Schofield, picked up on waivers early in camp from Arizona, would get the start at the rush end or LEO position.
Avril was one of three defensive linemen listed as limited on Wednesday. The others were tackles Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel, each dealing with groin injuries. Carroll said earlier in the day he expected each to practice with the expectation they will be able to play.
Williams, Rice good to go
Rice did not play in the exhibition season while resting his knee, but said Wednesday that “I’m fine’’ and he doesn’t expect to have any limitations Sunday.
Williams was sidelined early in the final exhibition game against Oakland after hitting his head on the turf when he made a 50-yard reception and then being tested for concussion-like symptoms.
Williams, though, said he has been given a clean bill of health.
“I’m good,” he said. “It wasn’t as serious as everyone thought.”
• The team signed receiver Tyrone Walker to its eight-man practice squad and released defensive end Ty Powell, a seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft. Walker, an undrafted free agent from Illinois State, was among the final cuts of the Green Bay Packers.
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