COMMENTARY | The banged-up Seattle Seahawks' offensive line will be without its starting right tackle for at least another two games.
Breno Giacomini underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ailing knee the morning of September 30 after missing Week 4's victory over the Houston Texans. While head coach Pete Carroll did not have a specific date for his return, something in the area of 2-4 weeks seems likely.
That means rookie Michael Bowie will get a couple of more starts at the right tackle spot, after filling in last week. The seventh-round draft pick played pretty well in his first career NFL start against Houston, especially considering the difficult circumstances.
Without three of its five starting offensive linemen, the Seahawks were able to go into Houston and win in overtime, after facing a 14 point fourth quarter deficit. The Texans' disruptive front seven did pressure Russell Wilson consistently, accumulating five sacks, but Seattle's makeshift offensive line was able to do just enough to pull out the overtime victory. Reigning defensive player of the year J.J. Watt had a strong game with eight tackles and half a sack, but many expected the damage to be much worse.
Despite the solid performance, Giacomini's injury is still very concerning for the Seahawks. Left tackle Russell Okung is out for an extended period of time as well, and center Max Unger's status is still unknown. This leaves the team very thin at the position, and another injury would be devastating.
Wilson has been pressured on 44.6% of his dropbacks this season, only trailing Michael Vick for the highest percentage in the NFL. The Seahawks' offensive line will have to protect Wilson more effectively for the team to keep winning games. Bowie has proven he can step up, but will now have to do it consistently for multiple games in a row.
Giacomini will at least miss a tough road matchup with the Indianapolis Colts and a home game against the Tennessee Titians. The earliest the entire starting Seahawks' line could play again isn't believed to be until Week 11.
Nathaniel Reeves is a lifelong Seattle sports follower who is studying journalism at the University of Washington. He currently covers sports for The UW Daily.
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