Your daily dose of the most negative news in the Seattle Seahawks universe: injuries.
One way to view this report positively is this: at least it wasn’t our quarterback who broke his leg. On to the report!
Player: Tyler Lockett
If you haven’t heard the news on wide receiver/return man Lockett by now, I have no idea why you’re reading this report. Just in case, though, Lockett broke both the tibia and fibula all while making a beautiful one-handed grab. Although his season is obviously done, there was some good news – no ligament damage. Coach Carroll said the second year standout is expected to begin his recovery work within the next six weeks, so there should be little to no holdover going into next season. Great news, as Lockett will certainly be motivated to improve on his 41 catches this year. Another tough blow to the Hawks, especially in the return game, but as always, it’s time for the next player to step up. In this case, the man with the roster spot is receiver Kasen Williams, signed from the practice squad, although wide receiver Paul Richardson will likely handle the bulk of the snaps in Lockett’s absence, including in the kick return game. As for punt returns…you’ll know when the 49ers know.
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As of the time of this report, the Seattle staff hadn’t received the results of the MRI performed on the running backs bruised shoulder. Coach Carroll did say he expected Rawls would be ready to go for the season finale against San Francisco. If he sits, expect to see more of rookie Alex Collins, who had eleven touches in Saturday’s game after the starter’s exit.
Players: Kam Chancellor, Ahtyba Rubin
It’s alright, sports fans, it’s alright. Take a deep breath; All-World safety Chancellor just dinged his ankle in Saturday’s game, and is expected to be fine. Just switch a sore wrist for the bad ankle, and you have defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin’s situation. He too is expected to play in the final regular season game. Both are sore, but as we’ve seen, it takes at least a broken bone or two to ground a Seahawk.
So a lot of names up there, but luckily, most of them are expected to be ready for the 49ers. Enjoy your third day of Christmas, and look for another update Thursday. Until then, go Hawks!