Carroll told reporters this afternoon that defensive end Cliff Avril was close to getting on the field against Carolina, and is expected to be ready for Sunday's home opener against San Francisco if he makes it through practice this week.
"Cliff Avril is a good possibility if me makes it through the week," Carroll said. "He practice well enough last week, and he was very close to being able to play on Sunday.
"So we're planning on him being a part of it this week, unless he has some kind of setback we can't foresee. So that will be a nice little boost to get him back in the game."
Carroll said that Brandon Browner still had issues with his hamstring during pre-game warm-ups, and the hope is that he'll return to practice on Thursday. Browner remains a possibility to play against San Francisco.
"He ran hard in pre-game, but not full speed," Carroll said. "We want to make sure that we can get him back to full speed. He's in a track meet out there. So he has to have all of that going for him. He ran today. He's going to run tomorrow. And Wednesday we'll see how he does."
Defensive end Chris Clemons will get some reps with the team on Wednesday, but still might have to wait a couple weeks to get back on the field.