RENTON, Wash. — Since he was first injured in last January's NFC playoff game at Washington, Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons has not had a firm timeline for his recovery.
There's still no determination on when he'll return to play in a game. But the Seahawks are about to see him on the field for the first time in almost eight months.
Clemons is expected to be on the field practicing for the Seahawks on Wednesday as they begin preparations for the season opener at Carolina, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said on Monday.
Clemons won't play against the Panthers, but the return to practice validates the Seahawks decision to keep him on the 53-man roster and that his return to game action could be coming sooner than later.
"He's had a great preparation to get back. It will be light on Wednesday but he has really been busting it," Carroll said. "We'll bring him along and we're going to take our time. What we've been telling you hasn't changed.
"We're going to take our time and make sure he is ready to go. He will not be in consideration for this weekend and we're really excited that he's back out. We'll see how it goes."
Clemons suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the same game — on the same field — that Washington's Robert Griffin III went down with his knee injury.
He's been Seattle's sack leader each of the past three seasons and the one constant in a pass rush that has struggled at times.
The Chicago Bears have acquired tight end Dante Rosario from the Dallas Cowboys for a seventh-round pick in next year's draft.
Dallas picked up Rosario during the offseason, and he was among five tight ends on the team's original 53-man roster.
Rosario is entering his seventh season and could be playing for his fourth team since the start of 2011. He has 99 catches for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns in 91 career games. He has started 26 times.
The 28-year-old Rosario was a fifth-round pick by Carolina in 2007 and spent four seasons with the Panthers. He split 2011 between Miami and Denver and was with San Diego last year.
To make room for Rosario, the Bears waived tight end Kyle Adams on Monday. He played in 23 games over two seasons with Chicago, recording four receptions for 40 yards with one special teams tackle.