With the Seahawks holding their own in the hunt for an NFC playoff berth after a 30-20 victory over fellow contender Minnesota moved their record to 5-4, injuries continue to provide an intriguing subplot.
At the top of the list is the concussion suffered by second-year SLB K.J. Wright early in the win over the Vikings that team insiders believe could be a very costly injury should Wright end up missing extended playing time.
“Ever since he stepped in so well for an injured David Hawthorne early last year at middle linebacker, he has been ridiculously solid,” one daily team observer said of Wright, whose status for the Week 10 tilt against the Jets is considered questionable at best. “At 6-foot-4, with long legs and long arms, his coverage ability would definitely be missed in sub-packages. He wasn’t missed much after he went out against the Vikings, but that was mainly due to the offense doing such a good job of keeping the defense off the field in the second half.”
If Wright is forced to miss action, the onus falls on second-year pro Mike Morgan as his replacement.
“He has the speed and athleticism that (head coach) Pete Carroll likes, and he has done enough on special teams to be kept around,” the observer said of Morgan.
Meanwhile, a real air of mystery surrounds other noteworthy Seahawks injury victims such as OLG James Carpenter, DE Jason Jones and WR Braylon Edwards.
After making a surprisingly effective comeback from a serious knee injury, Carpenter was a late scratch against Minnesota because of a concussion that seemed to come out of nowhere.
Jones, who has provided an unsung inside presence on the D-line, has an ankle injury that was being called “day-to-day” by the team that has sidelined him the past two games.
Edwards was expected to battle Golden Tate for more playing time at split end before he was a late scratch against the Lions in Week Nine after his knee suddenly swelled up. He is now likely to remain a nonfactor after Tate’s strong two-TD effort in Week Nine.