High ankle sprains be damned. Leave the rookies alone.
Seattle Seahawks rookie right guard Germain Ifedi suffered an ankle injury in practice on Wednesday, with Ian Rapoport reporting on Thursday that it is of the high ankle variety and that Ifedi will miss a few weeks.
#Seahawks 1st-round pick OL Germain Ifedi suffered a high-ankle sprain in practice yesterday, source said. It knocks him out a few weeks.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2016
Ifedi had been mauling people fairly regularly at guard and was set to be a rare strength along the offensive line. The Seahawks released veteran Jahri Evans during the first round of cuts and he signed a deal to return to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, shortly before the Ifedi news. They had also released backup guards Kristjan Sokoli and Will Pericak, though to be fair, it’s hard to imagine that those players would have had a significant impact considering that they couldn’t make the final roster of a team whose weakness is on the offensive line.
Seattle may now turn to rookie guard/tackle Rees Odhiambo, a third round pick out of Boise State, or veteran free agent signee J’Marcus Webb, who has been playing right tackle all through camp and preseason.
This is the third significant ankle injury suffered by a Seahawks rookie so far, with defensive tackle Jarran Reed missing time during the preseason (Reed is set to return on Sunday) and tight end Nick Vannett currently out with a high ankle sprain of his own.