In their first game of 2019, the Seattle Seahawks lost a number of key players in all three phases. The first report on one of those injuries has arrived, and though not ideal, it’s not as bad as feared. Sophomore defensive tackle Poona Ford will be considered week-to-week with a calf strain, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford, who impressed yesterday, suffered a calf strain and is considered week-to-week, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2019
Ford, the most important player along the interior for Seattle while Jarran Reed is suspended, played 43 snaps before departing with the injury.
After a rookie season which saw Ford play sparingly, Pete Carroll acknowledged the desire to play him more often in 2019. Ford often looked like the best player up front in the preseason, a complete mismatch against August linemen.
When healthy, Ford will be the 1-tech alongside Reed, Ezekiel Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney. However, with Ford now questionable for the short-term, in the the next couple of weeks it may just be Clowney available. In Ford’s absence, there’s a chance Earl Mitchell or Jamie Meder, two veterans who were with the team in preseason, could return. UDFA Bryan Mone may start in Ford’s place.