Seahawks’ Brandon Browner misses practice with hamstring injury
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback appeared on the team’s injury report as a limited participant on Wednesday. Initially, it was a bit of a surprise for fans since Browner played all four of the Seahawks’ preseason games without an incident. However, it wasn’t completely unexpected when Browner did not practice on Thursday.
Browner was one of the four Seahawks players who were forced to sit out Thursday’s practice with injury issues. The others included defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) and offensive lineman Michael Bowie (shoulder).
If Browner’s hamstring issue stretches into the weekend, the Seahawks still won’t be in terrible shape for Sunday’s season opener against the Carolina Panthers. Browner could be replaced by either Walter Thurmond or Byron Max well in the lineup. Considering Thurmond is the team’s nickleback, the Seahawks might opt to start Maxwell while leaving Thurmond to attend to his nickleback duties.
Second-year cornerback Jeremy Lane also adds depth to the Seahawks’ secondary. The former sixth-rounder Lane started three games for the Seahawks while Browner was suspended for four games at the end of the season due to violation of the NFL’s PED policy.
However, the Seahawks also had some good news Thursday with defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring) as well as defensive tackles starters Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel returning to practice. Both Mebane and McDaniel missed the Seahawks’ final preseason game with groin injuries.
With those three returning, the Seahawks starting defensive line could be intact for the Sep. 8 against the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.
Receivers Sidney Rice (knee) and Stephen Williams (head) were listed as full participants for a second straight day at practice.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks also made some minor roster move Thursday by re-signing linebacker/tight end Jameson Konz to the practice squad and releasing offensive lineman Ryan Seymour. Prior to his initial release by the Seahawks, Konz was primarily used as a tight end in training camp. However, this tie he looks to fit in as a LEO defensive end.
As for the Panthers, running back Kenjon Baarner (foot), defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (thigh) and safety Mike Mitchell (calf) sat out Thursday’s practice. Those participating at limited basis for the Panthers included linebacker Jon Beason (knee), receiver Domenik Hixon (hamstring), cornerback James Dockery (thumb), and guard Silatolu (hamstring). Panthers tight end Ben Harstock (foot) and fullback Mike Tolbert (hamstring) were full participants at Thursday’s practice while returning from injury issues.