SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 2: Wide Receiver Sidney Rice #18, center, of the Seattle Seahawks is congratulated by teammates Max Unger #60 and John Moffitt #74 after scoring a touchdown at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Pete Carroll had his weekly press conference this afternoon and revealed that guard John Moffitt, injured in Sunday's game, has been lost for the season. Carroll noted that the rookie guard out of Wisconsin has severe damage to his MCL and PCL but the ACL is unaffected. This news, though terrible for the Seahawks in the short term, isn't as bad as it could be for John Moffitt because generally the MCL/PCL recovery is much easier than if he'd have hurt his ACL, especially if the PCL isn't completely torn (fingers crossed).
Moffitt will be the ninth player the Seahawks have placed on the Injured Reserve this season, joining Jimmy Wilkerson, John Carlson, Walter Thurmond, Marcus Trufant, Matt McCoy, Jameson Konz, Kris Durham and Dexter Davis. From my rudimentary research, the Seahawks only had seven players on their I.R. last season and we're only now just past the half-way point.
Taking Moffitt's place will likely be Lemuel Jeanpierre at right guard; Paul McQuistan has been filling in at left guard this season but Carroll indicated he's more comfortable on the left side and thus Jeanpierre, also a center, got the nod. Also, Jarriel King, as Derek Stephens noted, will likely be active on gamedays now as added depth on the line. Would be interesting to see if he gets any playing time this season.
Carroll also noted that Kam Chancellor, Sidney Rice, and Doug Baldwin will all be in 'wait and see' mode this week; he didn't get into too many specifics but noted that the Seahawks won't know whether they'll be ready to play this week until Thursday or Friday.