The Seahawks were expecting their players to get healthy during the bye week and come back fresh for the rest of the season. But Seattle received the opposite news with starting left guard Luke Joeckel. Joeckel underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to “clean up” the knee, and was only expected to miss the Week 7 game against the Giants.
But the surgery required more than expected, and now Joeckel is expected to miss games the next 4-5 weeks. This creates a problem for the Seahawks, who have already dealt with struggles on the offensive line. Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable has said that Mark Glowinski and Ethan Pocic are both expected to play against the Giants, but did not say who is going to start in place of Joeckel.
This is just another injury that Seattle has dealt with this season. So far this season, Malik McDowell, DeShawn Shead, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, Chris Carson, Cliff Avril, Jeremy Lane, George Fant, and Terrance Garvin have all missed games.
Almost all of these players are starters have played a major role on this Seahawks team. But Seattle has been able to deal with these injuries because of the depth they have built on this team. But the Joeckel injury may be the toughest one they have had to deal with.
Glowinski was the starting right guard this season, but was replaced by Oday Aboushi because of Glowinski’s struggles. Although Joeckel has not played great this season, has been one of better offensive linemen this season. Replacing him with a player that was benched this season because of poor play will not be beneficial for the offense.
That is why Pocic may get the start against the Giants. Pocic worked mainly at right tackle during training camp, but has been the backup guard and center since then. The only problem with the second-round pick starting at right guard is the inexperience he has at the position. Pocic only played nine games at guard at LSU, all during his sophomore year. But Pete Carroll wants to give him a chance and battle with Glowinski to see who will be the starter in place of Joeckel.
The Seahawks injury report is also likely to get smaller soon, with DeShawn Shead likely to be removed from the PUP list and start playing games in the coming weeks. Prosise and Lane should be able to get back on the field against the Giants after being able to recover during the bye week.
There are still the questions surrounding Avril’s injury, and if he will be able to play ever again. Carroll said that more information about Avril’s timetable could possibly come in the next few days.
Star defensive lineman Michael Bennett is also dealing with a foot plantar fascia injury, according to Carroll. However, he is not likely to miss any games because of the injury.
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