When might Seattle get right tackle Abe Lucas back?
Seattle really needs Abe Lucas back. In 2022, he and left tackle Charles Cross became the first two rookies to start at tackle for an NFL team since the early 1970s, and Lucas was arguably the better of the two. The Washington State product is huge and mean, just like an NFL offensive lineman should be.
But due to a knee issue that Lucas has had for some time, he hasn't played since Week 1. He was placed on injured reserve earlier this season and this week has finally been activated to be able to go back to practicing. But to begin the week he was only a limited participant so Lucas playing in Week 11 seems pretty unlikely.
Plus, since Seattle plays two games just a few days apart probably means Seattle isn't going to rush Lucas back for Sunday only to have him sit out Thursday. If anything, having Lucas against a very good San Francisco 49ers defense on Thanksgiving Day would likely be more beneficial than having him ready against the Rams.
In his place in Week 10 was veteran Jason Peters and Peters was quite good. Still, Lucas is hopefully the Seahawks' long-term right tackle. The only real concern is that head coach Pete Carroll has said that Lucas's knee problem is "chronic." For a guy only in his second year in the NFL, a chronic knee problem sounds very bad.