Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks were facing the prospect of being without both starting defensive tackles DT Brandon Mebane and DT Tony McDaniel for their season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Both players had been nursing groin injuries the last couple weeks leaving the Seahawks possibly having to scramble to find available bodies to play along the defensive line.
But head coach Pete Carroll delievered some good news Friday as both Mebane and McDaniel are expected to play against the Panthers.
"Those guys look great," Carroll said. "They finished the week practicing full go."
In addition, receivers WR Sidney Rice and WR Stephen Williams have both practiced all week long and are ready to go as well.
The Seahawks definitely will be missing three players Sunday with two more being game-time decisions.
DT Jordan Hill (biceps), T Michael Bowie (shoulder) and DE Chris Clemons (knee) have all been officially ruled out.
DE Cliff Avril was listed as a full participant in practice on Friday but is still considered doubtful for the game. Avril is trying to come back from a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for the majority of training camp.
CB Brandon Browner also will be a game-time decision. He's listed as questionable for the game while dealing with a hamstring strain of his own. If Browner can't play, CB Walter Thurmond and CB Byron Maxwell both will play, though Carroll didn't outline their roles.
If Avril can't go, LB O'Brien Schofield is expected to start with LB Mike Morgan and DE Benson Mayowa as rotational options at the LEO end position.
RB Kenjon Barner (foot) - DNP
CB James Dockery (thumb) - Limited
S Mike Mitchell (calf) - DNP
WR Domenik Hixon (hamstring) - Limited
G Amini Silatolu (hamstring) - Limited
DT Dwan Edwards (thigh) - DNP
TE Ben Hartsock (foot) - Full
FB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) - Full
LB Jon Beason (knee) - Full
T Michael Bowie (shoulder) - DNP
DT Jordan Hill (biceps) - DNP
DE Chris Clemons (knee) - DNP
DE Cliff Avril (hamstring) - Full
CB Brandon Browner (hamstring) - DNP
WR Sidney Rice (knee) - Full
WR Stephen Williams (head) - Full
DT Tony McDaniel (groin) - Full
DT Brandon Mebane (groin) - Full