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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers left the game in the second half on Sunday as his team rolled to an easy 27-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders. There did not appear to be any significant contact with Flowers as he slowly walked off the field and was helped into the locker room, putting fear into the hearts of fans who’ve already seen the team lose enough on that side of the field dating back to the end of last season. Luckily, it appears the rookie is okay.

It was only cramps.

The Seahawks lost Richard Sherman to a torn Achilles in their ninth game of 2017, needing to reach out to free agent cornerback Byron Maxwell for help. The team re-signed Maxwell but reached an injury settlement with him just before the season and released him. The team also had Dontae Johnson in the fold, but he went on injured reserve and then was released. That left Flowers as the team’s number two option next to Shaquill Griffin, just a year after he was a full-time safety at Oklahoma State.

Flowers missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury.

Right now, Flowers is playing way above his pay grade as a fifth round rookie who wasn’t a corner until this summer and the team will need him moving forward. Neiko Thorpe came into the game in place of Flowers, and that was just his second snap on defense all year long. Flowers looks like he could be on a special trajectory given his first five NFL games and Seattle is now 3-3 headed into a bye week.

Even more time to get healthy.