Seahawks lose rookie guard for season
Snapping a three-game losing streak was overshadowed Monday by the Seattle Seahawks’ significant injury list.
The biggest loss is rookie right guard John Moffitt, who is done for the season after tearing ligaments in his right knee, coach Pete Carroll said. Moffitt, a third-round pick out of Wisconsin, had started all nine games for the Seahawks.
Moffitt was hurt in the first quarter of Seattle’s 22-17 victory on Sunday over Baltimore. He got caught in a pile after a 4-yard run by Leon Washington and had to be helped off the field without putting weight on the injury. Moffitt was replaced by Lemuel Jeanpierre.
Along with Moffitt, the Seahawks saw wide receivers Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, and strong safety Kam Chancellor, leave with concussions.
All three were feeling better on Monday, Carroll said, but their availability for Sunday’s game at St. Louis won’t be known until later in the week.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has two broken ribs, yet he is fortunate compared to several other NFL players who are out for the rest of the season.
That list might also include two other starting quarterbacks, Kansas City’s Matt Cassel, who has what coach Todd Haley is calling a “significant” injury to his right (throwing) hand, and Houston’s Matt Schaub, who has a right foot injury.
Sidelined for the remainder of 2011 are Denver running back Knowshon Moreno (right knee), Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall (torn left Achilles tendon), Jacksonville cornerback Rashean Mathis (left knee) and guard Eben Britton (back), Buffalo center Eric Wood (knee), Bears guard Chris Williams (left wrist) and Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson (hip).
Haley refused to say Monday whether the team discussed putting Cassel on injured reserve, but he did say “it’s a possibility” to happen.
Schaub has led the Texans to the AFC’s best record (7-3) and four consecutive victories.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Schaub was injured on a quarterback sneak coming out of the end zone late in the second quarter of Houston’s 37-9 win over Tampa Bay. Schaub stayed in the game, but threw only three more passes.