Bring on the Jets?
By the grace of Jon Kitna’s last-second touchdown pass to tight end Deems May, the Seattle Seahawks were able to escape with a 31-28 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Friday night in their preseason finale - which was not all that important.
However, the Seahawks could not escape without losing wide receivers Joey Galloway and James McKnight to injuries that will probably sideline both for next week’s regular-season opener against the New York Jets at the Kingdome.
Galloway suffered a hyperextended right toe after making a reception on the Seahawks’ first offensive play of the game at Cinergy Field. Last year’s leading receiver will have a MRI today. Galloway said he thinks he can play against the Jets, but the early report was that he could miss up to a month.
McKnight, who could have picked up some of the slack created by Galloway’s absence, sprained his right knee on the last play of the first half. He, too, will have an MRI today, but the early word was that he could miss three or four weeks.
Also injured were defensive linemen Martin Harrison and Myron Elzy, each with a sprained knee. Harrison said he expects to miss two or three weeks.
It was not the way a team wants to close the preseason - even one that saw the Seahawks win three of their last four games to finish 3-2, their highest victory total since going 4-1 in 1990.
“We got beat up good,” coach Dennis Erickson said before running through the lengthy and costly injury list.
“You play five of them, that’s what happens sometimes,” Erickson said.
The Seahawks appeared to have this one in the bag after Ronnie Harris returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and backup quarterback Warren Moon passed 18 yards to wide receiver Eddie Goines for another score in the second quarter. Even after giving up a cheap TD at the end of the half, the Seahawks went up 21-7 when Kitna passed 4 yards to May and 24-7 after Todd Peterson kicked a 19-yard field goal in the third quarter.
But the Bengals reeled off 21 fourth-quarter points behind third-string quarterback Erik Wilhelm, the former Oregon State Beaver, to take a 28-24 lead with 1:47 left in the game.
As he has the entire preseason, Kitna helped refocused things for the Seahawks. The second-year quarterback from Central Washington University completed 14 of 19 passes for 148 yards and the two TD passes to May.
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