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Seahawks tackle Abe Lucas uncertain to play vs. Cardinals

Lucas’ bothersome knee continued to give him difficulty against the Steelers.

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Unfortunately, the return of Abe Lucas appears to be short-lived.

After 4.5 games back in the starting lineup, the Seattle Seahawks right tackle’s ongoing knee issue resulted in his removal from the team’s 30-23 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pete Carroll indicated in the post-game press conference that Lucas “didn’t have enough power” in that knee to come back, so they replaced him with Stone Forsythe.

On his Seattle Sports 710 radio show on Tuesday, Carroll admitted that it’ll be a challenge for Lucas to be able to make it back for the regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks return to practice on Wednesday, at which point we may get an early hint as to whether or not Lucas can play. He left the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams due to that same knee. Lucas was placed on injured reserve and did not return until No. 30 against the Dallas Cowboys. The Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles was the first time that he’d played a full game, as opposed to leaving early or rotating snaps with his teammates.

Seattle’s options to replace Lucas are familiar ones. Stone Forsythe filled in for Lucas in the Steelers game, and Jake Curhan was just brought back to the active roster via the practice squad. Curhan was initially the backup right tackle before Seattle chose a mix of Jason Peters and Forsythe. Peters won’t be available against the Cardinals due to a foot injury.