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Seahawks have problems at defensive end

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RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks' options at defensive end are drying up fast.

The team's leading sacker the past three seasons, Chris Clemons, was not in attendance at Seattle's first OTA of the week Monday because he's back in Georgia rehabbing from ACL knee surgery.

Clemons' replacement, Bruce Irvin, will not be available because he has to sit out the first four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

And Cliff Avril, one of the team's major free-agent additions, did not practice because of a plantar fascia issue with his foot, which, according to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, he injured four weeks ago.

So is Avril's injury serious?

"Well, it hurts," joked Carroll. "You could ask him about it. The plantar fascia thing is a real uncomfortable thing. You just have to wait it out.

"It's something that you can come back from. It's not a problem. But you just have to wait it out. He's real anxious to go, and he's doing very well in his rehab. And he runs some this week for the first time. So it will take another couple weeks at least."

Defensive end Red Bryant and tight end Zach Miller had to deal with a torn plantar fascia in their feet during the second half of last season.

--Seahawks backup quarterback Josh Portis is running out of football lives. The third-year pro was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on May 5.

Portis has an arraignment hearing scheduled at the Redmond, Wash., courthouse on May 28. According to the police report, a Washington State Patrol officer pulled Portis over at 9:26 p.m. on May 5 after observing him driving 80 miles per hour in a 60-mile-an-hour zone exiting the Mount Baker tunnel heading eastbound on Interstate 90 in a 2008 Range Rover.

Per the report, Portis initially refused to take a breath test on site. But the arresting officer smelled the odor of intoxicants coming from his car and noted his eyes were watery and bloodshot. Portis, who repeatedly denied he had been drinking, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

He later submitted to two blood tests, registering a blood-alcohol concentration reading of .092 and .078. The legal limit in the state of Washington is .080. Portis has been charged with a gross misdemeanor.

Portis is in a competition for the backup quarterback job with Brady Quinn and Jerrod Johnson. The 25-year-old Portis was released from the practice squad last November, and then was re-signed to the 90-man roster in April.

--The Seahawks announced that second-round draft choice running back Christine Michael agreed to a multi-year deal. Michael did not practice during the first day of OTAs because he's nursing a tight hamstring. Fifth-round draft choice cornerback Tharold Simon and seventh-round selection offensive tackle Michael Bowie are the only Seattle draft picks who remain unsigned.
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