RENTON — As one of 17 new players on the Seattle Seahawks’ active roster, Cliff Avril would like a chance to prove his worth to his teammates.
Avril was signed in free agency as a potential solution to Seattle’s ailing pass rush. But the former Detroit Lions player missed most of the offseason training program because of a plantar fascia issue in his foot, and did not play in the exhibition season because of a nagging hamstring injury.
Avril, who signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Seahawks in free agency, was a limited participant in practice Wednesday while he attempts to get healthy enough so he can play in Seattle’s season opener Sunday at Carolina.
“I’m very, very, very frustrated,” Avril said. “I’m very frustrated in the sense of since I basically signed, I’ve been out. So it’s very frustrating. I can’t show my teammates – more so than anything – what I’m able to do, so it’s definitely frustrating.”
As an athlete, Avril wants to play. However, he also understands that sitting out for a few weeks now to make sure he’s fully healthy could mean not aggravating the injury later in the season.
“You want to get out there, but you definitely don’t want this thing lingering on all season long, and then you’re not performing well,” he said. “So it is a balance.”
With Avril out, O’Brien Schofield is penciled in to start at “Leo” defensive end – meaning he’s also a linebacker – while Avril works his way back into game shape.
“I think I’m a little further than they expected me to be as far as being able to get out there and run around,” Avril said. “So it’s all about how I’m feeling. Hopefully, as the week progresses, I’m getting better and better.”
The Seahawks had a new player added to the practice report after drills Wednesday, with cornerback Brandon Browner listed as a limited participant with a hamstring injury.
Walter Thurmond would be the next man up at cornerback if Browner can’t return to the field by this weekend.
Along with Browner, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (groin) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (groin) were listed as limited participants.
Receiver Sidney Rice (knee) and receiver Stephen Williams (head) were listed as full participants.
Offensive lineman Michael Bowie (shoulder), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) and defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) did not practice.
Seattle receiver Percy Harvin said via Twitter that there’s a chance he will return by Week 7 of the regular season. Harvin had hip surgery to repair a partially torn labrum during training camp, and was placed on the physically unable to perform list, which means he must miss at least the first six weeks of the season. The Seahawks had a potential return date for Harvin in Week 12, a Dec. 2 home contest against New Orleans after the team’s bye week. “What’s goin 12th man just checkn in … I’m making serious progress … keep an eye on week 7 … don’t hang them 11’s up. … we workn,” Harvin said via Twitter. … The Seahawks added receiver Tyrone Walker to the practice squad, and released defensive end Ty Powell. Walker is an Illinois State product who went to training camp with Green Bay as an undrafted rookie free agent. In college he set school records for career receptions (250), receiving yards (3,565), touchdown catches (32) and 100-yard receiving games (16).