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Sounders injury updates: Brad Evans out for RSL, Friberg & Mears questionable

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Evans only has a minor shoulder injury, but the Sounders want to give him a little more time to heal and lessen the risk of re-injuring it

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When Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer put in a sneaky tackle on Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans on Sunday, the extent to Evans' injury was unclear yet enough to force coach Sigi Schmid to substitute him out of the game. Evans was later seen in the locker room after the match with his arm in a sling, and it was announced on Monday that he would have an MRI on the shoulder.

Schmid said today that, while the scan didn't reveal anything too serious, the injury would keep Evans from playing at Real Salt Lake on Saturday. "Hopefully he'll be ready for next week, he's feeling better today. So hopefully he'll continue to make progress each day."

As for the other two injury question marks on the squad, Erik Friberg and Tyrone Mears, both participated in limited practice sessions today.

"Friberg is doing what we wanted him to do in training, still going through the concussion protocol," Schmid said. "Today was the last day of it, so if he has no setbacks today he'll be in full training tomorrow."

Mears had a similar day, going through limited practice to ease back into training from the quad strain that kept him out of Sunday's home opener. Both players could be ready to go on Saturday, if the rest of the week goes well.