Seahawks’ Chris Clemons might be able to play Thursday
Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, who suffered an elbow injury Sunday in the victory over Tennessee, might be able to play at Arizona on Thursday, according to coach Pete Carroll.
Seattle Times staff reporters
Defensive end Chris Clemons could play Thursday at Arizona, coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday.
Clemons injured his elbow against Tennessee on Sunday, and Carroll didn’t sound optimistic about his chances of playing against Arizona after the game. But Clemons is listed as questionable and practiced on Wednesday.
“He definitely has a chance,” Carroll said.
Carroll said tight end Zach Miller is “full go” after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury. Miller is considered Seattle’s best all-around tight end and should help solidify the pass protection.
Running back Marshawn Lynch was listed on the injury report with a hip injury for the second straight week, but Carroll said Lynch is fine and will play.
“He feels good enough and he should be good,” Carroll said. “But we won’t really know until we get out there and start playing.”
Linebacker Bobby Wagner, as expected, won’t play for the second straight week with an ankle injury.
Walters enjoying his opportunity
Bryan Walters didn’t catch any passes Sunday and was on the field for just six plays.
Walters, though, was still beaming from the experience, having finally completed what he called a lifelong goal to play for the Seahawks.
Walters, a graduate of Juanita High, grew up a fan of the Seahawks. One of his aunts used to be a secretary for the team.
“It was something that growing up as a kid, you dream of this,’’ he said. “I grew up a Seahawks fan, and I finally got to run out of the tunnel and play in a regular-season game.’’
Walters, who played at Cornell, saw action in four games for the Chargers in 2011. He also spent time in training camp with the Vikings in 2012 before the Seahawks signed him in December.
He was a standout early in training camp as a receiver and returner before suffering a hamstring injury that sidelined him for a few weeks. Released shortly before the season, he was re-signed to the practice squad before being activated on Saturday when the Seahawks cut center Jason Spitz.
He said the short notice meant only his mom and dad were able to make it to the game. “But down the road I’m sure I’ll be getting lots of (ticket) requests,’’ he said.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Walters “was having a really nice training camp until he got injured. ... he does a great job in one-on-ones, he gets separation, he gets open and he finishes the play by catching the ball. We just have a lot of receivers that we really like and you are trying to find roles for every one of those guys, and he will be one of those.’’
Ta’amu steps in for Cardinals
Former Washington standout defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu, a graduate of Rainier Beach, will likely see significant playing time again for the Cardinals.
Ta’amu, whom the Cardinals claimed off waivers from the Steelers on Sept. 1, has been on the field extensively the past few weeks, having to step in at nose tackle when regular starter Dan Williams missed two games after the death of his father in a car accident.
“He’s been a blessing,’’ Arizona coach Bruce Arians said of Ta’amu. “With Danny Williams losing his father in that horrible car accident, he seized the opportunity, and it’s hard to take him off of the field because he’s playing so well right now.”
Ta’amu has four tackles for the season.
Everrette Thompson, another former UW defensive lineman who played at Kennedy High, is on injured reserve for the Cardinals.
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