Divisional Round - Seattle Seahawks v Carolina Panthers

RENTON -- Frank Clark's stay in the Seahawks' dog house appears to be coming to an end.

Head coach Pete Carroll said after practice on Monday that Clark is expected to return to practice on either Wednesday or Thursday this week. He's been held out of practice ever since he slugged tackle Germain Ifedi during a fight that broke out at practice last Thursday.

"He missed a couple days here, coach's discretion," Carroll said. "Other than that, he has a knee thing he is working on, and make sure he is okay. He should be back Wednesday (or) Thursday."

Ifedi had also been out since the altercation. However, he returned to limited participation in early work on Monday. He did not take part in the team's "mock game" scrimmage. He's expected to be back to full speed on Wednesday.

Clark has also had a brace on his left knee for a few of the practices he's missed. Carroll downplayed the significance of that issue saying the injury didn't occur in the fight.

"Something that has been bothering him a little bit. It’s very slight, we know what’s going on. That’s not really the issue of what is going on," Carroll said.

Added cornerback Richard Sherman: "He just made a mistake. Let his temper get the best of him – it happens out here, especially when it’s hot. You got grown men going at it. He understands he can’t do it and we can’t play like that and Pete’s just trying to send a message."

Clark, however, disagrees with the notion of his absence being disciplinary in nature.


News & Notes:

-- Russell Wilson had another really strong showing during the team's "mock game" scrimmage on Monday. Wilson was (unofficially) 15 of 18 with two touchdowns, which included a drop and a throwaway. He made throws on the run and through moving within the pocket. It's another stride forward after a pair of practices last week where accuracy was an issue at times.

Wilson was the only quarterback to lead touchdown drives. Of course, he was working against the second- and third-team defenses while backups Trevone Boykin (6 of 11, 1 INT) and Austin Davis (8 of 13, 1 INT) faced the starting unit.

Davis did lead a field goal drive and appeared poised under pressure, particularly in a drive backed up to the goal line.

-- Players that did not practice on Monday: cornerback Jeremy Lane, safety Delano Hill, defensive ends Frank Clark and Marcus Smith, linebacker D.J. Alexander, tackle Robert Myers, guard Luke Joeckel, running back Mike Davis and wide receiver Kasen Williams.

Lane: "He’s got a slight soft tissue thing going on. He ran yesterday, he ran today, he should be ready to go on Wednesday."

Smith and Hill: "They both have soft tissue things and really slight little nagging things going on, that we just have to wait out a couple days. I know I talked to Delano today and he did run today. I’m not sure how far along Marcus is. I think he is a hair behind that, but they are minor groin things that they just have to get through."

Alexander: "Yeah, he has got a little bit of an old knee that is just kind of acted up in camp. We are just taking care of him.”

Joeckel: "He’s just a little sore from all the work. We just want to make sure and not to push him too far knowing that this is a big day coming up. He’s done everything up until now."

Davis: "We keep talking about these are hamstrings and groins and I think he has a hammy I think it is. But soft tissue, again a slight pull that is just holding him back."

Williams: "Someone fell on the back of his leg yesterday on a catch. Seems like he has a bruise or something in his lower leg that wasn’t worth putting him out there today. Not a serious thing but something that is bothering him a little bit."

Clark was out for disciplinary/knee issues. Myers has a left foot/ankle injury.

-- Tackle Justin Senior (knee) and cornerback DeShawn Shead (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform list. Defensive end Dion Jordan (knee) is still on the non-football injury list along with Malik McDowell.

Carroll provided updates on the status of Senior and Jordan.

"Totally different cases. Justin Senior has a knee that is bothering him before we started camp. He didn’t pass the physical so he has just started running today. So he is a long ways out of shape. It is going to be awhile before we can get him conditioned and I don’t know how long that is going to take. Dion Jordan is making his effort to get back and he is running on the ground now and doing a lot of straight ahead stuff. He has gone through a lot to get to this point and we are going to take our time and whenever it happens, it happens, as far as his conditioning and his readiness to play. He is a lot closer than Senior is. We are excited about that, but it is going to be a race to the last game of the preseason. I think at this point. He has not been able to condition with us. I mean with the guys on the field. So he is 3-4 weeks away from really being at the point where we can make an evaluation. It will be a race to the season start to see how that goes."


Photo Credit: CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17: Frank Clark #55 of the Seattle Seahawks sacks Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers in the 4th quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)