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Cliff Avril returns to practice for Seahawks; unlikely to play vs. Denver

First slowed by foot problems during offseason workouts, and then a hamstring, Cliff Avril was just happy to be feeling well enough to get on the field for a short time.

Seattle's big free agent signing along the defensive line was back on the practice field Wednesday for the first time. Avril only participated in individual drills, but coach Pete Carroll was hopeful Avril might make it through a full practice on Thursday.

Even if Avril makes it through a full practice on Thursday, it's unlikely that he would play on Saturday when the Seahawks host Denver in their second preseason game.

Because of injuries, the Seahawks have had only one true rush end at times in the last week in undrafted free agent Benson Mayowa.