Roll up your sleeves, get ready for a bare knuckles, no-holds barred street fight Sunday afternoon at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. The Seahawks and 49ers are both eager for their second clash of the season.
Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril joined myself and Jason Churchill on 1090TheFan this afternoon with his view of the intense NFC West rivalry.
“They’re a heck of a team, you can’t take anything away from them, they’re going to be ready to play, ” said Avril. “I think the fact it’s a divisional game, they’re going to be even more amped up to play. We have to match that, play hard-nosed football, and get after the quarterback.”
Avril leads Seattle’s fierce pass rush with 7-and-a-half sacks. He’s also become the master of stripping the football from quarterbacks, including Monday night’s turnover into a touchdown return by teammate Michael Bennett.
Seattle does have a shorter than normal work week to prepare for the 49-ers. The team is reasonably healthy though, with just a few front line players not participating in Wednesday practice.
WR Percy Harvin did some light running, but continues to deal with a sore and tight hip, according to coach Pete Carroll. WR Golden Tate also has a sore hip, DE Bruce Irvin a thigh injury, and RB Marshawn Lynch was given a non-injury rest day.
Listed as limited is cornerback Brandon Browner. It’s the first time he’s been on the practice field since tearing his groin November 10th in the Atlanta game. Carroll said the Seahawks have still not received any news concerning Browner’s appeal hearing of a possible one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s policy and programs on substance abuse.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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