In a night that saw both Marquise Blair and Bruce Irvin exit with knee injuries, it was thought perhaps the Seahawks avoided disaster with at least one of the two.
Speaking to reporters after the game on Sunday night, Pete Carroll called Irvin’s injury a knee sprain and said he was walking around the locker room after the victory. In a devastating blow to the defense and the locker room, Irvin’s injury is reportedly far worse.
Seattle fears that Irvin suffered a torn ACL, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday morning.
Seahawks fear that OLB Bruce Irvin tore his ACL, per source, and he will undergo more tests to confirm if fears are warranted.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 21, 2020
Irvin’s injury looked terrible at the time, as the veteran pass rusher fell to the turf with a non-contact injury. While initially, it sounded as though Irvin and the Seahawks avoided a major blow, they were not so lucky. Should Irvin’s tests confirm what is feared, he will miss the remainder of the season.
In Irvin’s place, Seattle has Alton Robinson and Shaquem Griffin as potential in-house replacements. Looking outward, Clay Matthews, previously connected to the Seahawks, is a like-for-like replacement as a pass rusher capable of playing off-ball as well.
How Seattle fills the hole remains to be seen but unfortunately, there will be a hole to fill as one of the Seahawks’ leaders appears likely to miss the rest of the season.