The Seattle Seahawks were already on their second option at left tackle with Rees Odhiambo, but after the second-year pro was hospitalized following Sunday night’s win over the Indianapolis Colts, it looks almost certain that they’ll be down to option number three for at least a week. Odhiambo remains in the hospital, with Adam Schefter reporting that doctors believe he could have a bruised heart suffered in the game.
Seahawks LT Rees Odhiambo remains hospitalized with what doctors believe is a cardiac contusion – a bruised heart, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 2, 2017
If out for any amount of time, the Seahawks current backup at left tackle is Matt Tobin. However, since this is not a mid-game situation and potentially something more long-term, they may decide to go to someone else since they have some time to think it over. Seattle also has Isaiah Battle on the roster, a tackle they acquired just before the season. Rookie second round pick Ethan Pocic could technically play tackle, but they’ve never really considered that since very early in his summer, and presumably they moved him inside because he wasn’t handling the outside job very well yet.
The Seahawks could also decide to move Luke Joeckel out to tackle and start either Pocic, Jordan Roos, or the recently-benched Mark Glowinski at left guard. That would theoretically be weakening left guard though while potentially also being a downgrade at left tackle, since Joeckel has never succeeded at that position at the NFL level.
Update: Monday, 4 PM
Pete Carroll noted in his Monday press conference that Odhiambo does not have a contusion on his heart, like the earlier report from Schefter suggested, but is a sternum-related injury. Which definitely sounds a lot less scary.