Bivens Cause + Effect of a single play call
The score was tied at 14 with the Seattle Seahawks offense struggling to move the ball, with four straight three and outs. It was the first play of the second drive of the third quarter and the Seahawks had the ball on their own 29-yard line.
They come out in the shotgun formation with the running back set just left of Tarvaris Jackson, a tight end to the right and one wide receiver on each side. The play was a college style miss direction play; a fake inside draw with the quarterback rolling out and running to the left.
The play gained 11-yards but at the end Jackson appeared to hurt the general area around his throwing shoulder. After and MRI Seahawks HC Pete Carroll has said he has a “High-grade strain” of his pectoral muscle.
After the pounding he had been taking in the pocket since the first preseason it is ironic that the cause of Tarvaris injury was a play that was a designed for him to run.
The effect of Jackson’s injury was that (to the joy of many fans) backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was behind center.
Charlie came in and had 5 drives complete after the drive Jackson went down. The result of the drives were 17, 43, 24, 0 and 80 yards and they accounted for 13 of the 27 offensive points the team scored. The 80-yard drive ended with a Whitehurst touchdown to Doug Baldwin late in the fourth quarter with the Seahawks down by 3 and gave them a lead they would never relinquish.
Heading into the bye week it is not clear if Jackson will be healthy enough to play on October 23rd in Cleveland.
If he can’t Charlie will get the start with undrafted rookie Josh Portis backing him up.
What is clear is that Whitehurst did enough on sunday to fuel those fans that want him to start.
Trufant’s back problems are back
In 2009 Marcus Trufant started the first six weeks of the regular season on the PUP (physically unable to preform) list because of a lower back injury.
Apperently his back was so bad on sunday that he “couldn’t move at all” according to Pete Carroll and he also stated that they don’t have a timetable for his return.
With Trufant out Walter Thurmond got the start in his place. Although he made some mistakes, he played decent and had 2 big pass deflections and a forced fumble that occured in the fourth quarter and was recovered by Kam Chancellor.
Thurmond will likely start until Trufant is able to come back even if Roy Lewis (PUP) comes back before Marcus. Kam Chancellor informed everyone that Roy Lewis was back to running via his twitter account @Kam_Chancellor.
Earlier than I like but its the perfect time
I would normally prefer to see the bye week on week 8,9, or 11 but with the team being so banged up they could use a little down time to heal up.
Running Back Marshawn Lynch got his ankle caught under a tackler on a 17-yard reception early in the first quarter and came off the field limping. Tight End Zach Miller took a vicious hit to his head on the seventh play of the game sunday and had an MRI on monday to look at his neck.
Linebacker Leroy Hill has a mildly strained hamstring and Defensive End Jameson Konz suffered a significant knee injury, both occured sunday.
Wide Receiver Mike William was out with a concussion suffered last week against the Falcons while blocking.
It doesn’t sound like the week off will make much of a difference for Konz but the rest of these players will benefit from the extra time to get their bodies right before the Browns game.