The Seattle Seahawks lost Malik McDowell before training camp started and his timetable to return is a complete unknown. They waived sixth round pick Justin Senior when he couldn’t get on the field, then he reverted to injured reserve. Then they lost starting left tackle George Fant for the year with a torn ACL. With the Seahawks playing a full half+change against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, a good team with an aggressive defense, the possibility for injuries was very present.
Luckily, no injuries were announced for Seattle during their 26-13 victory over the Chiefs that improved them to 3-0 in the preseason, and Pete Carroll confirmed after the game that indeed no injuries had occurred. The Seahawks now just have two weeks of practice, and one preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in which many starters will sit, before facing the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. At that point, they should even be getting players back from the aches and pains that have been holding them out.
Running backs Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise were held out against Kansas City, but likely could have played if it was a regular season game. The missed time by both backs gave Chris Carson even more time to prove he belongs on an NFL field and the Seahawks more time to realize it has to be in their uniform. Receiver/returner Tyler Lockett has also been kept on the sidelines, but he’s been practicing and the team is likely gonna unleash him back onto the league once the games count.
Defensive lineman Dion Jordan has also remained on the non-football injury list, but his expected contributions for the upcoming season have always been set at a low bar so he doesn’t feel like a loss. Cornerback DeShawn Shead also remains out but he was never expected to return before a stint on the PUP list so that’s fine too. It’s also a reminder that Shead and McDowell could return for the postseason run in the second half of the year.
Oh yeah, and Earl Thomas looks like that time Superman died and then came back as four different people claiming to be Superman, including a Cyborg Superman known as Man of Tomorrow who was not only Superman but a cyborg. Is that a clear and concise analogy? No? And I don’t even know comic books that well.
Despite how gloomy things seemed following the unfortunate injury to Fant, Seattle couldn’t have come out of the KC game in better position than they are now. The offense is playing well, Russell Wilson is playing out of his mind, the defense is getting the job done as expected, Rees Odhiambo got a week to prepare for a start and then didn’t force us to imagine/see Matt Tobin in that role, and soon a few more key players should be back. Injuries will happen along the way because this is football, and potentially they’ll be more devastating than the Fant injury, and this article is not some sort of bad luck curse because those don’t exist, but the Seahawks must feel pretty good about their position at the moment.
We cry together over a bad injury. We can celebrate together over the absence of any injuries.