Outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu left Sunday’s game early in the 2nd quarter with a pectoral injury and did not return. Pete Carroll has since confirmed that it’s a strained pec, and while they await further test results, it sounds like Pete believes Nwosu may be out for at least this week.
Pete Carroll indicates on @SeattleSports that Uchenna Nwosu may be out this week against Cleveland with a strained pec. Said doesn't have final word yet but notes of the team's young edge players "those guys are going to have to play more at least in the next week I think.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 23, 2023
In addition to what he provides as a pass rusher, Nwosu’s value in the run defense is also huge, so this is a real double whammy if he has to miss any time.
Boye Mafe has already been one of the best performing players on Seattle’s pass rush, but it looks as if rookie Derick Hall and Darrell Taylor will need to up their game in Nwosu’s absence.
In terms of other Seahawks injury news from Coach Carroll, there’s a mixture of good, bad, and uncertain:
- It doesn’t look like Abe Lucas will resume football activities this week. He’s been on injured reserve since September with an ongoing knee issues, and at this point it’s fair to wonder if he’s even returning this season.
- RB Zach Charbonnet (hamstring) and C Evan Brown (hip) both have a chance to return this week after missing the Cardinals game.
- WR DK Metcalf (hip) is on a “we’ll see how it goes” situation, per Carroll. Last week was the first missed game of his career.
- RB Kenny McIntosh (knee) could come off injured reserve this week.
- OT Jason Peters has a chance to be elevated from the practice squad and make his Seahawks debut.
And while there’s no injury update on this front, WR Dee Eskridge is eligible to return from suspension this week.