Seahawks injury updates from victory over Patriots
By Lee Vowell
The Seattle Seahawks may have lost two players for the season during the week two victory.
First, the good news, while the Seattle Seahawks lost a couple of key players during week two’s victory over the Patriots, one of them was not Russell Wilson or Jamal Adams or Bobby Wagner. But the weak pass rush that Seattle has shown in 2020 got even weaker after the severity of the injuries to two players was announced on Monday.
According to reports, linebacker/edge rusher Bruce Irvin suffered a knee injury that is likely to require major surgery that will likely sideline the rest of his season. This means he is probably unlikely to ever play again for the Seahawks as he signed a one-year deal. But it also makes the Seattle pass rushers – what little there are – younger, more inexperienced and even more unknown.
Blair got accidentally hit by Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and suffered a knee injury as well. Blair was starting and playing well at nickelback. When he left Ugo Amadi came in and played decently but Blair’s absence does two detrimental things.
One is that Blair’s injury leaves the nickelback position thin.
Second is that the safety position gets thinner as well. Blair would have likely moved to safety as a starter should the Seahawks have lost starters Quandre Diggs or Jamal Adams to injury long-term. Now Lano Hill will step in for Adams or Diggs and that is not ideal, though Hill did play well enough against the Patriots.
Other than Blair and Irvin, Seattle came out of the game OK for the long-term. However, the Seahawks will likely need to look to replace Bruce Irvin. This could mean Seattle makes a play for free agent Clay Matthews. Matthews has been a good pass rusher in his career and possibly even better than Irvin has been.