Fortunately, there weren’t any serious injuries suffered in Denver. Health in the National Football League is a good thing.
Leroy Hill strained his calf and was wearing a boot following the game. According to reports, Hill is going to need some time to completely recover.
Hill, however, was barely noticeable prior to his injury. Combined with his suspension and previous injuries, he was an unreliable asset entering this season anyway. David Hawthorne is expected to remain a starter for now and his position with the first team has been earned.
Continuity on the offensive line remains a concern, especially following Max Unger’s season-ending injury. Stacy Andrews was less-than-impressive as a replacement, but mostly because of ill-timed mistakes and needless penalties.
Ben Hamilton returned to the starting lineup after the team briefly experimented with Mike Gibson at left guard. Hamilton was the projected starter throughout the offseason, but Gibson outplayed him in training camp and was given the starting nod in week one.
Right now, the starting line features Tyler Polumbus, Ben Hamilton, Chris Spencer, Stacy Andrews, and Sean Locklear. Surprisingly, Tyler Polumbus has been inconspicuous at left tackle – good for an offensive lineman – as the team waits for Russell Okung to return from a high ankle sprain.
According to Carroll, Okung will begin running on land this week – as opposed to working out on a treadmill – and could begin practicing soon. I doubt he’ll be ready to play against San Diego, but could be back in the starting lineup in a few weeks.
No serious news regarding new injuries is good news for the Seattle Seahawks.
Topics: Ben Hamilton, Chris Spencer, David Hawthorne, Injury, Left Tackle, LeRoy Hill, Max Unger, Mike Gibson, National Football League, Offensive Line, Pete Carroll, Qwest Field, Russell Okung, San Diego Chargers, Sean Locklear, Seattle Seahawks, Stacy Andrews, Tyler Polumbus