Browner practices; could play Sunday

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks starting cornerback Brandon Browner returned to practice Thursday after being out two weeks with a hamstring injury, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars remains uncertain.

“It was good to see [Browner] out there,” said defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. “He looks really strong. You can tell how hard he’s worked to come back.”

But Quinn would not say Browner was ready to return to his starting spot on Sunday.

“We’re going to go through [Friday’s practice] and visit with coach [Pete Carroll] and make a determination,” Quinn said. “It was an encouraging first day, so we’re fired up about where he’s headed.”

It also possible defensive end Chris Clemons could return to the field Sunday for the first time this season. Clemons, the Seahawks top pass-rusher last season, underwent offseason ACL surgery.

“It's another week of him getting stronger,” Quinn said of Clemons. “You can feel the energy he brings to the field.”

Quinn said they probably will ease Clemons in at first, as they did last week with defensive end Chris Avril, on certain pass rush situations where Clemons can help the most.

Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith did not participate in team drills for the second consecutive day due to hamstring injury.

Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., whose father passed away Wednesday, was not at practice Thursday. It’s now known whether Norton Jr. will be back for Sunday’s game.

‘‘He’s dealing family matters and I’m sure we’ll know more [Thursday night]," Quinn said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now."