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Seattle ranked 27th against the pass last season. Larger receivers proved to be a really difficult matchup.

Dwayne Bowe had 13 catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Hakeem Nicks had six catches for 128 yards and a touchdown for the New York Giants.

With Thurmond’s injury, the coaching staff is getting an extended chance to evaluate Browner with the hope he could be the piece to help keep opposing receivers in check.

“He’s come out here and he’s competed like crazy,” Carroll said. “He’s had some very good days, one after another. He’s a four-year professional veteran if you look at it. He’s played a ton of football games and he just keeps growing and he fits in. I’m looking for him to challenge for some play time. He looks like he can do that. We’re so fortunate that we hit that so we’ll see how it goes.”

NOTES: The Seahawks have signed RB Thomas Clayton, who was released by the New England Patriots on Wednesday. … Carroll said DT Colin Cole (ankle) and CB Roy Lewis (knee) are still at least a couple weeks away from being able to get on the field. … WR Ben Obomanu is away from the team after a death in the family. … WR Deon Butler, TE Cameron Morrah, DT Red Bryant, DE Dexter Davis, CB Walter Thurmond, OL Caz Piurowski and WR Dominique Edison also did not practice on Friday.