Seahawks first-round pick Jordyn Brooks got the opportunity to make his first career start in Week 3, in place of Bruce Irvin, who was lost for the season in Week 2. Unfortunately for Brooks, he was not able to make it through until the end of his debut, as the rookie suffered a knee injury and exited the game.
Speaking to reporters after Seattle’s win over the Cowboys, Pete Carroll called Brooks’ injury a knee sprain. After an MRI on Monday morning, the team learned the extent of Brooks’ injury. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Brooks suffered a sprained MCL and will miss a couple of weeks as a result.
#Seahawks LB Jordyn Brooks suffered an MCL sprain Sunday, source said. The first-round draft pick likely will miss a couple weeks, but great news it wasn't worse.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 28, 2020
Brooks’ absence will further the workload on veterans Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, both of whom played every single defensive snap on Sunday. Sophomore Cody Barton will presumably be the next man up in base defense and he played five snaps after Brooks’ exit against Dallas.
Coming just a week after Irvin’s torn ACL, losing Brooks for any amount of time is not ideal. Thankfully, as the MRI showed, it shouldn’t be a lengthy absence for the team’s first-round pick.
For those wanting more specifics on Brooks’ injury, Pete Carroll provided a little more detail while speaking with 710 ESPN stated that it is a first degree sprain, the least serious category of sprain.
Carroll confirms Jordyn Brooks has a first-degree knee sprain and says "got to see what happens to it.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 28, 2020