By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks have plenty of issues along their defensive line, whether it’s the question about Chris Clemons’ availability as he recovers from knee surgery, Cliff Avril’s foot injury or the suspension that will keep Bruce Irvin out of the first four games.
The plantar-fascia foot injury that noticeably slowed Red Bryant last season isn’t one of them. Seattle’s defensive end delivered that news himself when he joined “Bob and Groz” following an organized team activity earlier this week.
“I’m definitely 100 percent now,” Bryant said.
That’s good news for the Seahawks and their run defense, which faltered in the middle of last season around the same time Bryant’s foot injury flared up. It’s probably not a coincidence that Seattle had its worse games defending the run in Week 7 against San Francisco, Week 9 against Minnesota, Week 12 against Miami and Week 13 against Chicago.
Bryant didn’t miss a game but finished the season with 24 tackles, eight fewer than his 2011 total. That wasn’t what Bryant or the Seahawks had in mind when he signed a five-year, $35 million deal last offseason.
Plantar fasciitis is considered one of the more painful sports injuries, and it didn’t help Bryant that his feet have to support a body that is likely a little heavier than its listed weight of 323 pounds.
“When I was dealing with it it was in the middle of the season and I had to go every week,” he said, “so I really didn’t get that ample time for it to rest and to heal up.”
Avril, one of the Seahawks’ biggest free-agent additions over the offseason, is dealing with a similar injury. He didn’t practice during the two OTA sessions that were open to the media. Coach Pete Carroll said last week that Avril didn’t need surgery and is expected to be back to full strength well before the Seahawks begin training camp.
“If you’re ever going to have an injury of that kind, this is the perfect time to have to deal with it because he’ll be able to get the right amount of rest, the right amount of treatment so when he steps on the field during training camp he’ll be ready to go,” Bryant said.