Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that offensive lineman John Moffitt suffered an elbow injury, and will not play in Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
Carroll went on to say that Moffitt will have surgery to remove loose bodies in his elbow, and is expected to be out two to three weeks.
However, Carroll is hopeful that Moffitt will be back in time for the team’s season opener at Arizona on Sept. 9.
“We’ve just got to take care of business, and that’s why we’re acting on it as quickly as possible,” Carroll said. “We had no lead into this at all – just his elbow got sore. It wasn’t an injury. It just got sore from the work, and then it got a little bit worse the next day and they decided to take a good look at it, and they saw that he had some old stuff in there.”
This is Moffitt’s second significant injury with the Seahawks. Moffitt finished last year on the injured reserve list after suffering a MCL and PCL tear in his left knee in the opening quarter against Baltimore that required surgery.
Moffitt also was suspended for the last four games of 2011 without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
According to Moffitt’s agent Michael George, his client was suspended for taking a drug used to treat hyperactivity, and that Moffitt did not pre-clear taking the drug with the league.
With Moffitt out, Deuce Lutui will get the start at right guard. However, Carroll also said rookies J.R. Sweezy and Rishaw Johnson will get opportunities to earn time a right guard as well.
Carroll addresses CBA violation
Carroll said the team right now plans to stick with playing Matt Flynn in the first half and Russell Wilson in the second half, but that rotation could change on game day.
Carroll also addressed Thursday’s report that the Seahawks violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement by allowing Terrell Owens to suit up for his first practice on Wednesday.
Carroll acknowledged that he unknowingly violated the rule and has heard from the league. But right now the league still is gathering information on the issue, and team does not know how they will be disciplined.
“I have no power to deal with that,” Carroll said. “I can’t control it. I have nothing to do with it, so we’ll just have to see what it is.”
Carroll said he’s liked what he’s seen so far from Owens, but confirmed that the veteran receiver will not play on Saturday.
“He played fast,” Carroll said. “And it’s a bit surprising really that he’s looked as fast as he is. But it’s real, so we’re really impressed early on.”
Rice, Baldwin out – likely Lynch, too
Carroll said that Sidney Rice got some work during team drills today, but he’s still wearing a red jersey to protect him from contact coming off two shoulder surgeries this offseason, and he will not play on Saturday.
“He’s making great progress,” Carroll said about Rice. “He’s now taking snaps in practice, and that will just continue to progress. He’ll be one of those guys that won’t play in the game. But he’s getting a lot of work, and his timing is getting there.”
The Seahawks will be a little thin at receiver because Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette also will sit out with hamstring injuries. Carroll said he expects to have both receivers back on the field next week.
Linebacker Barrett Ruud (knee) did not practice today, and could be a scratch for Saturday according to Carroll.
And it’s also a distinct possibility that Marshawn Lynch does not play on Saturday.
“Marshawn will not get a bunch of carries in this game – he’ll be in street clothes,” Carroll said.
DT Alan Branch (knee), LB Matt McCoy (knee) and LB Allen Bradford (hip) did not practice today, along with Baldwin, Lockette, Ruud and Moffitt. CB Walter Thurmond (leg) and OL James Carpenter (knee) remain on the PUP list. CB Brandon Browner and TE Cameron Morrah returned to practice after sitting out on Thursday.