The Seahawks head into a Week 4 bye and look pretty good on the injury front, especially when compared to some of the crazy attrition that teams are experiencing this season.
For Seattle, the main scare this week happened when Russell Okung went down and appeared to be holding his pectoral muscle as he walked off the field. Okung tore that muscle back in 2011 and was lost for the season, so my expectations were a little dire at that point. However, the Seahawks' LT returned to the field after missing only one series, and played the rest of the game. Pete Carroll mentioned that it was a shoulder injury, and it felt worse at first, but Okung was able to get back going after a short while.
CB Marcus Burley left the game briefly after getting hit with a little friendly fire via Kam Chancellor. Burley said after the game that he got the wind knocked out of him. Earl Thomas also left the game for a series to get an IV, and his unexplained disappearance was scary for a short while. Other than that, Seattle is about as healthy as you could hope for right now.
Kam Chancellor could have been a big story this week as well, but it's looking like he may just try to play through a nagging ankle injury. As Mike Garafolo reported last night,
A source told FOX Sports that Chancellor was so debilitated in San Diego the team was mulling a procedure to clean up bone spurs, with the plan being Chancellor would play in Sunday's Super Bowl rematch against the Denver Broncos and then undergo surgery heading into the bye week. Under that scenario, Chancellor would rest six to eight weeks and be back for the Thanksgiving game against the rival San Francisco 49ers at the latest.
However, after playing on Sunday and feeling much better, it's looking like Chancellor may just wait it out.
"Man, it felt great today," Chancellor told Garofolo. "Last week, it was bothering me. But this week, it felt amazing. We did some different stuff to fix it up, fix the shoes and stuff and it felt awesome."
Huge news if Chancellor is able to stick it out, as that'd be a huge loss for six to eight weeks.
Around the NFL, we saw Ravens TE Dennis Pitta go down with another dislocated hip injury, likely ending his season. Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph and Eagles C Jason Kelce both went out with a sports hernias, meaning they'll both miss over a month, most likely. Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall tore his achilles, ending his season. Saints C Jonathan Goodwin suffered a high ankle sprain. Panthers FB Mike Tolbert has a hairline fracture in his knee. Steelers LB Ryan Shazier sprained his MCL, CB Ike Taylor broke his forearm, and LB Jarvis Jones broke his wrist. Detroit LB Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL (celebrating), and San Diego RB Danny Woodhead badly sprained his ankle/leg as well. Vikings QB Matt Cassell injured his toe. Raiders WR Rod Streater hurt his foot, and was seen in a walking boot during the game.
Of course, this week's extensive injury list just adds to last week's tally, which included Washington QB Robert Griffin III and WR Desean Jackson, Cincy WR A.J. Green, Tampa Bay DT Gerald McCoy, Miami RB Knowshon Moreno, Chicago CB Charles Tillman, New York LB Jon Beason, San Diego RB Ryan Mathews, and San Francisco TE Vernon Davis were all lost to potentially serious injuries and Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles and SS Eric Berry, Tennesseee CB Jason McCourty, Chicago FS Chris Conte and a multitude of others were knocked out of games.
Injuries are the worst.
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