On Thursday night the Seattle Seahawks got the preseason started by defeating the Denver Broncos 22-14. With many of the team’s regular starters did not play, including Duane Brown, Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, it gave a chance for a lot of the backups to show what they can do.
Unfortunately, as is usually the case, injuries showed up on Thursday, including to swing tackle and fan favorite George Fant. Fant, of course, has spent most of the last year as an extra tight end while providing depth on the offensive line, but for the second time in three years he suffered a significant injury early in the preseason. It was Week 2 of the 2017 preseason when Fant tore his ACL against the Minnesota Vikings, and on Thursday he suffered an ankle injury during the second quarter against Denver.
George Fant is out of the blue medical tent and walking to the locker room with a heavy limp and his right shoe off. Maybe the backup the Seahawks could least afford to lose to an injury.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 9, 2019
Unfortunately, after the game finished and members of the media had a chance to speak to Pete Carroll for an update on Fant’s injury, the dreaded ‘L’ word came out.
George Fant has “a legit ankle sprain” per Pete Carroll.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) August 9, 2019
Exactly how “legit” the ankle injury is we’ll likely have to wait a few more days to find out, however, it seems like it’s never a good sign when Carroll uses that word. Hopefully the injury will not require surgery, but until we know the actual extent of the injury, it’s all guesswork.