Nov.25, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (right) talks with referee Clete Blakeman (left) during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Injury Concerns As Training Camp Approaches

All NFL teams begin training camp with a few injury questions, and the Seahawks are no exception. Here are just a few of the players that I’ll be keeping a close eye on when training camp opens on the 24th.

Chris Clemons is the biggest unknown at this point. Both he and Pete Carroll have said that Clemons could be ready for week 1. The key word there is “could.” He’s not ready for contact yet, and likely wont be for a few weeks. It’ll be worth watching to see if he can get completely up to speed in just a couple weeks once he begins contact work.

James Carpenter is another player to watch. He had another surgery to clean up his knee after the season ended. He is supposed to be ready for the start of training camp, and there’s no reason to think that he wont be at this point. I expect the Seahawks to get him up to speed a little bit slower than everyone else though, since his recovery and rehab has cut into his conditioning program.

Another player worth keeping an eye on is right tackle Breno Giacomini. He missed the offseason program with a nagging knee injury that isn’t supposed to be serious. There’s no reason to be concerned yet, but until he takes the field and works out without pain, I’m going to be watching closely. When these problems linger like this, it’s rarely a good thing.

One other player to watch is rookie DT Jesse Williams. He was a first round talent that dropped all the way to the 5th round because of knee problems. He’s as healthy as he’s going to get, both those knees are going to need to managed. It’ll be interesting to watch how much he participates in drills throughout training camp.

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  • bobk333

    A few more..

    -Anthony McCoy will miss the season with a torn achilles.

    -Greg Scruggs will miss the season with an ACL.

    -Walter Thurmond has tremendous potential if he can get past that broken leg that limited him to two games last year and six the year before.

    -The Seahawks said it wasn’t serious, but Zach Miller tore his left plater fascia against the Falcons and then missed OTAs while wearing a boot on his left foot.

    -Kicker Steve Hauschka missed OTAs (I think) because of a strained calf that caused him to miss the last game against Atlanta.

    -We don’t know how much a foot injury was the cause of Red Bryant’s drop in effectiveness last year…best case scenario is that there was a significant foot injury that is now completely healed…big guys are susceptible to long term, nagging and recurring foot injuries.

    -Percy Harvin appears healed, but suffered a grade 3 (severe) ankle sprain and missed the last half of last season.

    -Christine Michael had serious injuries that cut short his sophomore (broken leg) and junior (ACL) seasons.

    -Luke Willson said a severe high ankle sprain greatly limited him for the last nine games at Rice last year.

    -Tharold Simon missed OTAs with a foot injury that he apparently bothered him, although he played through it, at LSU.


    • 12thMan_Rising

      I didn’t include Scruggs and McCoy since they aren’t going to be apart of the 2013 team. The rest are all set to be 100% participants at the start of camp. There’s a little bit of worry, but no true concern unless we find out that they’ve re-injured something.

  • Green Apple

    How about Cliff Avril (foot injury) and Michael Bennett (rotator cuff tear & shoulder pain). Did they recover completely from those injuries?

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Bennett just needed rest. His shoulder is no concern at all.

      Avril though is one I just forgot about. He sat out the OTAs with a foot injury that sounded like it was pretty painful at the time. He’s supposed to be ready, but we’ll have to wait and see if he actually is 100% for day 1.