All eyes on the Friday practice status of Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt; A surprise DNP on Wednesday and Thursday, it appears that Britt could be out for the game in Tampa Bay this week with an ankle injury. There isn’t much more information than that yet, which is why Friday’s report will be so integral.
Should Britt miss the game, and he has yet to miss a start in three seasons (which wouldn’t have been a very big deal until this year when he switched to center and suddenly became perhaps the most important player on the line), rookie Joey Hunt will make his first career start. With George Fant at left tackle and Germain Ifedi at right guard, that would make three players on Seattle’s offensive line who were in college a year ago. That’s an even scarier thought considering that the Buccaneers have this guy named “Gerald McCoy.”
And who would backup Hunt at center? He’s the only other one on the roster.
We already know that Michael Bennett, CJ Prosise, and Troymaine Pope will be out, while Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead will probably be out. Tanner McEvoy, Damontre Moore (who has played very well), and Brock Coyle also missed practice on Thursday for the second day in a row, while Richard Sherman and Jimmy Graham returned to full practice. The Seahawks could very well be replacing four key starters — Britt, Bennett, Shead, Thomas — and Prosise, one of the best players on offense this year, against Tampa Bay.
That being said, this isn’t new for them. Seattle has had to deal with a lot of injuries in the last few years, really dating back to that Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, but have scraped by and survived and are 7-2-1. Being without Britt would be a pretty big blow as we have no idea what sort of chemistry Russell Wilson would have with Hunt and if that could lead to any missed exchanges, but if it’s something they have to deal with then so be it.
We’ll monitor Friday’s report.