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Seahawks Marquise Blair having surgery today

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On Monday night the Seattle Seahawks fell to he New Orleans Saints 13-10 in a heartbreaking home loss that dropped the Hawks to 2-5 and five games out of first place in the NFC West for the first time since the second half of the 2011 season. Seattle played the game without several key starters, including Russell Wilson, Darrell Taylor, Chris Carson and Damien Lewis, and during the game Marquise Blair went down with a “significant” knee injury.

It was later learned that the “significant” knee injury meant a fractured kneecap, and on Wednesday fans were provided a very brief update.

As Mike Dugar of The Athletic indicates, the surgery that Blair will have will end his season, and he will move to injured reserve at some point in the coming weeks. It appears as though for the remainder of the season the nickel corner spot will once again belong to 2018 fourth round pick Ugo Amadi, just as it did in 2020 after Blair suffered a season ending injury in Week 2. The significance of that fact is that Amadi had already been on pace to hit the playing time threshold of the Proven Performance Escalator for third through fifth round picks, and taking over the nickel role entirely will all but guarantee Amadi hits the necessary 35% snap threshold to ensure himself an increase in base salary for 2022.