Clemons suffered a hyperextended elbow in the 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans Sunday. One day later, Carroll wasn’t optimistic about Clemons’ chances of playing on the short week, but seemed more encouraged after Wednesday’s practice.
“We’re going to work him out in pregame,” Carroll said of Clemons. “He practiced a little bit [Wednesday] and he definitely has a chance.”
Clemons is officially listed as questionable. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (high ankle sprain) is out for the second consecutive game, but tight end Zach Miller will return to the starting lineup after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury.
“We’re actually in pretty good shape, other than the tackles [starting offensive tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini] that we’re missing,” Carroll said. “But for the most part, we’re pretty solid.
“We were able to rotate our guys pretty good the last couple of weeks, particularly last week, knowing that we were going to have this quick turnaround. So we’ll expect our guys to really be flying and ripping come game time.”
Carroll also said he believes running back Marshawn Lynch is fine after skipping practice Tuesday with a nagging hip issue.
“We just were monitoring it,” Carroll said. “He made it through last week so that he could play, and he felt fine in the game. The recycle process is a little different in this week for him, but he feels good enough and he should be good.”
Carroll is hopeful that Giacomini, who has arthroscopic knee surgery Sept. 30, will return soon.
“He’s turned the corner,” Carroll said. “He’s moving around well. He’s not limping around. They had to remove some fluid from his knee that made a big difference. This is the kind of surgery that he could come back within four to five weeks, so he still has a chance to do that.”