Although the Seahawks earned another preseason ‘W’ in the win column, the team suffered a significant loss of talent in a key spot in Seattle’s 20-13 victory over the Vikings Friday night.
Starting left tackle George Fant was lost for the year with a torn ACL during the second quarter of Friday night’s game at CenturyLink Field when he was pushed back and his his leg got trapped under a teammate as the tackle fell to the ground. Fant was carted-off the field and coach Pete Carroll confirmed the season ending injury after the game.
If there was one area of play that fans were eager to see progress in it would be the offensive line production. Now the season starts with a question mark in a key position and Seattle will need to recover.
Russell Wilson played extended first-half minutes and as usual was efficient tossing 18 passes with 13 completions for 206 yards and two scores. Practice squad player Kasen Williams continued to make a case for a starting roll as the second-year player out of Washington caught his third TD pass of the preseason on Seattle’s first scoring drive of the game, a 1-yard completion in the first quarter.
Alex Collins earned the bulk of the duties in the backfield and carried 10 times for 58 yards. Collins also showed versatility catching four passes for 35 yards.
In all, 8 Seahawks carried the ball during the game as the team’s two primary starting RB’s sat out nursing injuries.
Taking a seat
As was expected, the outspoken Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett once again sat during the signing of the national anthem. This time Bennett was supported by center Justin Britt who stood next to the defensive end resting his hand on Bennett’s shoulder. Cornerback Jeremy Lane stood in front of Bennett with his back to the field in a show of solidarity.
Tackle turmoil – As stated earlier, starting left tackle George Fant was lost for the season when he suffered a torn ACL early in the second quarter…Just when it looked like the offensive line was taking shape and looking promising.
Backfield woes – Running back C.J. Prosise practiced all week and was scheduled to see action in the game but was held out. In his place, Eddie Lacey earned the start in the backfield. Starting ball carrier Thomas Rawls also sat out the game nursing an ankle injury.
In what is considered to be the most important and telling preseason game, game three, our Seahawks welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to CenturyLink Field for another Friday night tilt on August 25th with a 5:00PM start.