RENTON Oh, yes, Frank Clark remains in the Seahawks’ doghouse.
It’s just Pete Carroll’s not going to tell you and me that.
And Germain Ifedi returned to the field and practiced, as Seattle took another step away from its ugliest event in many training camps.
Clark stood on the sidelines and watched practice for the fourth consecutive day on Monday. Carroll said he’s used “coach’s discretion,” his euphemism for banning Clark from practicing and almost assuredly fining him.
Clark dropped his teammate Ifedi, the Seahawks’ 6-foot-5, 325-pound starting right tackle, to the grass face-first with one punch Thursday during a fight in a pass-rush drill.
“Frank should be back (Wednesday). He missed a couple days here; coach’s discretion,” Carroll said following Monday’s mock game on the eighth day of camp. “Other than that, he has a knee thing that he is working on.”
Clark had been wearing a brace on his left knee while on the field watching practices from the sideline Friday through Sunday. The brace was gone Monday.
Carroll said Clark’s knee issue “is something that’s been bothering him for a little bit. It’s very slight. We know what’s going on.”
The then coach made clear his absences from practices had to do with Carroll’s suspension from them, not the knee.
“That wasn’t really the issue with what is going on,” Carroll said.
No one with the Seahawks is calling this a final chance or anything for Clark, who has had issues with domestic violence and another with a woman reporter in recent years. But even when he returns to practice, it’s become clear he will remain on tenuous ground with the team.
When I asked if his return to practice will be the end of it for Carroll, the coach said yes, that he will be moving on. Yet within the Seahawks the 24-year old will not have his slate inside team headquarters wiped immediately and completely clean upon his return.
Ifedi returned to practice for the first time since Clark punched him; the last time Ifedi had been seen practicing he was walking off the field with a trainer and a towel over his face, with is mouth or face apparently bloodied Thursday. Ifedi did position drills with the offensive line at right tackle. Then he watched rookie second-round draft choice Ethan Pocic start at right tackle in the mock game the team had for the majority of Monday’s practice.
Carroll did not specify what injury Ifedi had that kept him out until Monday.
“He was banged a little bit. He’s OK,” the coach said of his first-round pick in 2016 getting decked by the team’s top choice in 2015.
“He’ll be ready to go on Wednesday.”