Seahawks center Max Unger has a high ankle sprain and a tweaked knee, suffered when he was rolled up on in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Unger left the game and didn't return, and Pete Carroll said today that the injury looks like a "three to four week" type of recovery. Let's hope that's just being conservative.
Carroll did say that Luke Willson had a similar injury and he was able to return in a week, but that every high-ankle sprain is different. Unger is obviously carrying around a little more weight than Willson too, but here's to hoping he can get back on the field quickly, because he was playing very well the past two weeks, and that sparked Seattle's run game to huge numbers.
When asked if Unger could possibly head to the injured reserve, Carroll said, "We don't know that yet. We've got to see how he responds. High ankle sprains are all different ... Max hasn't had one of these before. It's his first time through it, and he'll have to figure it out as he goes."
Regardless, with Steven Schilling on the injured reserve, the Seahawks will make a move to add a center this week, and signs are pointing toward re-signing Lemuel Jeanpierre. Jeanpierre was placed on the IR earlier this season but then released with an injury settlement. Per NFL rules, teams can re-sign players with injury settlements six weeks after their settlement-time is up (injury settlements are payments to players on a weekly basis for the estimated time they'd miss with that injury). Players that are released from the IR with settlements can re-sign with the same team in the same season, but obviously releasing them puts them up for grabs for other teams as well.
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