Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt played in his firs preseason game since having elbow surgery three weeks ago.
Moffitt played at least a half with the second unit and appeared to get through the game okay.
“It was really good,” he said. “They kind of just broke me in today and threw me into the fire. I got a lot of reps, but I’m glad. We’re so close to the regular season, I think it’s something I really needed.”
Moffitt said he didn’t have any issues with his elbow after the game, saying he was amazed how fast he regained his strength after the surgery.
“John did fine,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. “He was kind of giddy in there. He came back after just a couple of days of practice and got some play time. I don’t know how he played so much, but he made it through and he’s healthy and all that, so that’s a big-big plus for us.”
Now Moffitt will have to find out if he’ll have an opportunity to earn his starting right guard job back, with rookie J.R. Sweezy playing well with the first unit.
Moffitt said he’s ready to start against the Cardinals if called upon.
“I think so,” he said. “I think with another week under my belt, I’ll be really good and ready to go.”
Irvin gets going
The story of the night was the play of rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin. The West Virginia product finished with 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a tackle for loss and three quarterback hurries working mostly against reserves tonight.
Although Irvin entered the game without a tackle or a sack, we did see some progress in the Kansas City game, where he had a handful of pressure. Irvin also got the first hit against Peyton Manning in the Denver game two weeks ago.
“It felt good finally getting my feet wet,” Irvin said. “I can’t give myself all of the credit. I have a great group of guys around me; Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane. Those guys kept encouraging me, telling me not to get down on myself.
“Letting me know when the sacks come, they’ll come. I just continued to work hard at practice, and they finally came tonight.”
Carroll said the Leon Washington got poked in the eye on Tuesday and had trouble fielding punts during pregame, so the training staff decided to hold him out.
“He got a real legit poke in the eye, and he wasn’t real comfortable trying to catch punts in the pregame,” Carroll said. “he couldn’t see the ball the way he wanted to.”
Receiver Golden Tate twisted his right knee in the second half. Tate will be evaluated further over the weekend.
Running back Vai Taua suffered a PCL strain in his knee and couldn’t play in the final quarter.
Carroll also said that Red Bryant chipped his front tooth during a sideline celebration after Jaye Howard’s safety, and will need some dental work tomorrow.
Quotable: “It was solid. I thought he was solid as a rock. He hit almost everything. He handled all of the situations, all of the calls. He was comfortable. He hasn’t had a chance to throw a lot, but coming back he was fine. I thought he was very much in control. We have a terrific quarterback position right now. I’m really happy about it.”
– Seattle head coach Pete Carroll on Matt Flynn’s performance. Flynn finished 11 of 13 for 102 yards and a touchdown. Flynn had a 125 passer rating.