Rumors of John Moffitt’s serious knee injury were confirmed by head coach Pete Carroll this afternoon.
Carroll said that the rookie out of Wisconsin suffered an MCL and PCL tear in his right knee in the first half against Baltimore that will require surgery, and that he is done for the year.
Lemuel Jeanpierre replaced Moffitt at right guard during the Baltimore game, but Carroll said that veteran utility lineman Paul McQuistan also will be considered for the starting right guard position.
It’s a tough blow for Moffitt, who had been playing well along with the rest of the offensive line. But Carroll is confident that the Seahawks have enough depth at the position so that they continue to be successful running the ball up front.
“He’s been working so hard at it, and has been such a big part too,” Carroll said. “He’s a good character in the locker room and all, and a good guy. He’s really right at the cusp at where we’re starting to improve, and he would have loved to have been a part of it as we finish the season.”
Carroll said that Kam Chancellor, Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice all had good days a day after being diagnosed with concussions. He’s hopeful that all three can make it back on the field this week, but the team likely won’t find that out until later in the week.
“They still have some time,” Carroll said. “We’re not going to know until Thursday or Friday on these guys, on whether they’ll be able to play or not, because of the process they had to go through. But it’s a good sign that they’re not having the headaches, and they’re not feeling uncomfortable in just doing normal things.”
Carroll said that defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove and safety Atari Bigby re-injured hamstrings on Sunday, and the team will have to wait and see how they improve this week.
Carroll singled out fullback Michael Robinson as someone who had an impressive game against the Ravens, both in his blocking up front against Ray Lewis and the rest of Baltimore’s talented linebackers, and also being involved in causing both fumbles on the kickoffs.
“At the fullback position Mike had his best game since he’s been here,” Carroll said. “He really was effective. And he had the matchup of the century going up against Ray (Lewis), and he did a very nice job. He didn’t win them all, and you’re not gonna. But he was effective and some key blocks. And he dominated some blocks against their guys at times.”