As first reported by the Seattle Times at Seahawks practice on Wednesday rookie first round draft pick and starting right tackle James Carpenter had to leave Seahawks practice with a reported knee injury.
He will have an MRI (magnetic-resonance image) and the team could know the results later today.
Update Thursday AM: ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds to this report Thursday morning. Carpenter, who incurred the ACL tear during pass-rush drills, suffered a more conventional knee injury.
This could be a huge blow to the Seahawks offensive line who were just starting to gel coming off two above average running games versus the Ravens and the Cowboys. The Seahawks only allowed two sacks in games against Dallas and Baltimore, and Marshawn Lynch ran for more than 100 yards two games in a row for the first time as a Seahawk.
Last week starting rookie right guard John Moffitt suffered a season-ending knee injury, so the team can hardly afford to start Sunday’s game versus the Rams with Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini on the right side of the line.
A positive spin, McQuistan does have starting experience this year already. He started three games at left guard for Robert Gallery.
Pete Carroll had this to say on McQuistan. “Knows the calls, more prepared to help, been around the system a long time”, and this about Rice and Baldwin, “there’s a good chance those guys will play”.