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Seattle Seahawks Injury Update: Sidney Rice Out for the Season

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COMMENTARY | The rash of ACL injuries around the NFL hit the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice left Seattle's game against the St. Louis Rams on a first-and-goal play during the second quarter. Tuesday, the Seahawks announced that Rice had torn his ACL, ending his season.

Rice has been banged up nearly his entire career in Seattle, but this the worst injury yet. Coupled with other health problems and a high $8.5 million salary due in 2014, it might have marked the last game in a Seahawks uniform for Rice.

As Seattle loses one receiver, another one is coming back. Percy Harvin is on track to play his first game of the season Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's not exactly clear how Harvin is expected to fit into the Seahawks offense just yet, apart from getting as many touches as possible to add an explosive element that has been missing at times. This injury means Harvin will just be needed even more.

The other two receivers who can expect more targets are Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, as Golden Tate will remain the clear number one downfield receiver. A lot of people in Seattle have been waiting for Baldwin to get more involved in the offense, after his spectacular rookie season back in 2011. He has had a nice season so far with 23 catches on 30 targets and 16.2 yards per catch.

Kearse is also an intriguing player, with plenty of speed to make things happen offensively. Watching him since his days in college with the Washington Huskies, he is still plagued by drops far too often.

Rice may be struggling this year, but the injury will impact the Seahawks in a few ways that don't show up in the box score. He was easily the biggest receiving target the Seahawks had, so they will need to find a different way to replace that element. He is also a great downfield blocker on short, quick passes, which would have been that much more valuable with Harvin's return.

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 and Sports Out West.

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