NFL: Pete Carroll believed Chris Clemons would be on the field Tuesday when the Seattle Seahawks opened their three-day mandatory minicamp, even though representatives for the starting defensive end made it clear they had concerns about his future beyond this season.
When practice began Tuesday, Clemons was nowhere to be found at the Seahawks’ facility and he’s not expected anytime this week.
For a change, the biggest story surrounding the Seahawks doesn’t revolve around the three-way quarterback competition among Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson.
“In communication with Chris, I thought he was coming, so this was a little bit of a late development that he’s not. I’m a little surprised that he’s not here,” Carroll said. “We’ve had open communication with the agent and Chris and feel like everything is on the up and up and very amicable and all of that. It continues to be one of our priorities and we would like to get him back.”
Clemons’ absence was noticeable since he was one of just two players missing. The other was tryout candidate Brian Banks, who was recently exonerated in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused. Banks worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday and is expected to join the Seahawks for the rest of their minicamp today.
Eastern, Bearkats agree to series
College football: Teams that have reached the NCAA Division I Football Championship game the past two seasons will start a home-and-home series beginning next year.
Eastern Washington, the 2010 champs in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, will travel to Huntsville, Texas, to play Sam Houston State on Sept. 28, 2013.
The Bearkats, who lost to North Dakota State 17-6 in last year’s FCS title game, will play in Cheney at Roos Field on Sept. 13, 2014.