DE Cliff Avril will make his Seahawks debut on Sunday against the 49ers


Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Falcons won 31-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive end Cliff Avril will make his debut as a Seahawk on Sunday against the 49ers, according to Terry Blount at

Avril, a sixth-year player out of Purdue, had 35 tackles and 9.5 sacks last season as a member of the Detroit Lions. In his career, the 27-year-old has 168 combined tackles and 39.5 sacks.

The Seahawks signed Avril in March for two-years and $13-million. He has been dealing with injuries to both his foot and hamstring, which kept him out of preseason action and the Seahawks season opener last week.

His presence was missed against the Panthers as the Seahawks gave up 134 rushing yards, the second-worst run defense performance in the league last week.

While Avril is a thumbs-up for Sunday’s game, corner back Brandon Browner is listed as doubtful and will likely miss his second straight game.

Defensive end Chris Clemons is listed as questionable following offseason ACL Surgery, but Coach Carroll said that he has a “real chance” to make it back to the field in the coming weeks, according to Blount.