Frank Clark wrist injury minor, expected ready for season opener

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Oakland Raiders v Seattle Seahawks

RENTON -- Defensive end Frank Clark won't play in Seattle's preseason finale on Thursday night, but he's expected to be ready for the regular season opener against Green Bay next week.

Clark saw a specialist on Monday after injuring his wrist in last week's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Clark clutched his right wrist in pain after colliding with offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann and running back Kareem Hunt late in the second quarter.

"The results of that came out really positive," head coach Pete Carroll said. "He's got a sore wrist, he's got a legitimate sprained wrist, got some old stuff that kind of caused the soreness but he'll be fine.

"He could play this week but we're going to keep him out and he'll be ready to go the next week."

Clark had also been dealing with a thumb injury sustained in the game against Minnesota two weeks ago to the same hand.

Also on the injury front, running backs Thomas Rawls (ankle) and C.J. Prosise (groin) are capable of playing against the Oakland Raiders. However, Carroll didn't say specifically say they would play either.

Rawls and Prosise both played in Seattle's preseason opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, but have missed the last two weeks with minor injuries.

Linebacker D.J. Alexander will make his Seahawks preseason debut after missing the first three games with a knee issue. Alexander followed in K.J. Wright's footsteps in going to have a Regenokine procedure on his knee to help alleviate the pain he was experiencing. Five more Seahawks headed out for similar treatments on various areas this week.

"I'm really anxious to get him out there," Carroll said. "I was really fired up when we had the chance to acquire him because of the magnitude that he brings on special teams first. He'll play some linebacker as well but I'm anxious to just get him out there on the field with our guys. This is the first chance he's had. He had a good week. We'll play him like his first game for him but we're just anxious to see him."

Wide receiver Tyler Lockett was one of those five players to head for Regenokine treatments this week along with defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, linebacker Michael Wilhoite and guard Luke Joeckel.

Lockett won't play against the Raiders and has not played this preseason as he works his way back from the broken leg last December that ended his season. J.D. McKissic has handled most of the first-team return duties during the preseason in Lockett's absence, leading to the question of whether the Seahawks will want to keep exposing Lockett in the return game during the season.

Carroll said that, if capable, Lockett will remain a big part of their plans on special teams.

"If (he's) ready to go, he'll be involved on special teams," Carroll said. "We'll see next week where we are. If he's back, he's back, and we think he's going to be."

George Fant had surgery on Monday to repair the torn ACL in his knee sustained against the Vikings two weeks ago. Carroll had said after that Fant didn't sustain any cartilage damage, which would bode well for his recovery.

"The reports were good," Carroll said. "It was a serious injury but the doc felt really good about coming out of it that things went well, it was going to be a normal, long recovery."

For those that will play and are still fighting for a spot on the roster, Carroll said Thursday night's finale will be crucial.

"It’s critical in many spots, certainly," Carroll said. "It’s really important, we’re going to play guys hoping to get guys opportunities to do stuff so they can have a chance to show. Really that’s what we’re dedicated to as a staff is to get guys in the right position so that they can show their stuff and in this final evaluation opportunity in the end so it’s certainly going to make a difference there."


Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Matt McGloin #14 of the Oakland Raiders is sacked in the end zone by defensive end Frank Clark #55 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 3, 2015 i  Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks recovered the fumble on the play resulting in a touchdown. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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