RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney stated the core-muscle harm that sidelined him in Week 12 is feeling higher, however he did not rule out the chance it can finally require surgical procedure.

Coach Pete Carroll stated Wednesday that the Seahawks (9-2) are “relying on” their greatest pass-rusher making it again in time for Monday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings (8-3), however that got here with a qualifier that Clowney “nonetheless has to make it.”

An upbeat Clowney spoke with reporters earlier than follow Friday. He was listed as a nonparticipant on the group’s first follow report of the week and was listed as practising to a restricted extent on Friday.

“I am feeling higher,” he stated earlier than follow started. “On the point of go at this time. See how it will go.”

The harm stems from the Seahawks’ recreation in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10, though Clowney could not pinpoint the second it occurred. By the tip of Seattle’s extra time win, he stated, it was troublesome to raise his leg. Clowney had his greatest recreation of the season with a sack, 5 quarterback hits, a compelled fumble and a landing on a fumble restoration.

“I informed them I am going to end this recreation and see what occurs after I am finished,” Clowney stated.

Clowney was inactive for the Seahawks’ win over the Eagles Sunday after touring to Philadelphia early to see Dr. William Meyers, who makes a speciality of core-muscle accidents. Clowney obtained an unspecified remedy from Meyers. He stated he thought of getting the harm handled over Seattle’s bye the week earlier than however did not understand its severity till the group returned from its break on Monday and it wasn’t healed.

Requested about not needing surgical procedure, Clowney stated: “Not at this second, I do not. That is a very good factor. I ain’t too frightened about it. I am feeling higher at this time. Fear about tomorrow when it will get right here. Stay for at this time.”

The 26-year-old Clowney has arguably been the Seahawks’ most impactful defender regardless that he solely has three sacks. He ranks fourth within the NFL in ESPN’s Cross Rush Win Fee at 26.6%. That metric, which is powered by NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, measures how often a defender beats his cross block in 2.5 seconds or faster. He has scored two defensive touchdowns and ranks 13th within the NFL with 35 pressures, in line with ESPN charting.

Clowney is unsigned past this season and would not be eligible to signal a brand new take care of the Seahawks till the common season ends, per the foundations with gamers who have been assigned the franchise tag like Clowney was by the Houston Texans. The Seahawks agreed to not use the tag on Clowney as a part of the deal they made to amass him from Houston proper earlier than this season.

Clowney acknowledged that his core harm is one thing he’ll need to handle the remainder of the 12 months.

“Oh yeah. They know that,” he stated. “One thing we all know, however acquired to complete this factor sturdy.”