Browner out four to six weeks, Carroll says

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that cornerback Brandon Browner's groin injury could keep him out four to six weeks.

Browner injured his groin against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 10 and did not play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

“Hopefully, by the end of this week, we’ll know more,” Carroll said of Browner. “He had a pretty good exam [Monday], I know that. But he has a serious groin pull. It’s not just a pulled muscle. He has some tissue damage and stuff. It’s a severe groin pull. They are talking four to six weeks at best. That’s a long haul.”

However, that could be good news. If it is six weeks, Browner possible could return for the home game against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 22, the 15th game of the regular season.

Even if it takes a little longer, Browner could return for the playoffs, which shows why the Seahawks haven’t placed Browner on injured reserve. That would end his season.

The Seahawks might want to carry Browner on the 53-man roster, believing he could help the team down the stretch or in the playoffs. As it stands now, the Seahawks would get another week off at the start of the playoffs, which would mean even more time for Browner to recover.

The only injury from Sunday’s game was the concussion that receiver Jermaine Kearse suffered on a first-quarter kickoff return.

“He felt a lot better [Monday]," Carroll said of Kearse. “He will benefit, obviously, from this [bye] week and having two weeks before he has to get back. We would think he’ll be able to make it. He has to go through the [concussion] protocols, but he has plenty of time to get well.”

Carroll said receiver Percy Harvin, who made his Seahawks debut Sunday and had a 58-yard kickoff return, came through his first game OK.

“He’s a little sore,” Carroll said of Harvin. “It’s the first time he’s gotten hit in over a year. He’ll benefit from the break, as well. When we come back he’ll be right in the mix and part of the normal rotation.”

Carroll was pleased at how healthy the team is overall heading to the bye after 11 games and a 10-1 record.

“This is about as good as I can remember,” Carroll said. “We couldn’t hope for a whole lot more than we have right now. We go in [to the bye week] pretty healthy, so by the time we come out of it we’ll be raring to go.”