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Injury impact: Bye week definitely needed for Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks fans are thanking the football gods for delivering a bye week for Week 6, as many of the starters this week were sitting out practice with injuries.
But will one bye week be enough to get these players mended and back on the playing field?
QB Tarvaris Jackson suffered a pectoral injury in the third quarter of last Sunday's game against the New York Giants, and his return in questionable. According to a report from The Seattle Times, Jackson underwent an MRI on Monday and was classified as having a high-grade strained pectoral muscle, and the need for surgery has not been ruled out. If in fact he has torn the muscles or tendons and requires surgery, he could be missing quite a few games. Surgery on a pectoral muscle tear could require months of rest and rehabilitation.
CB Marcus Trufant, who missed six games back in 2009 with an injury to the discs in his back, missed the game against the Giants due to another back injury. Results from an MRI on Monday show that this injury is not a repeat of the disc problem, and that Trufant has bruised his sacrum. The sacrum is the large triangular bone at the base of the vertebral column. Coach Pete Carroll spoke Oct. 11, saying Trufant "couldn't tie his shoelaces yesterday." This injury, however, should resolve without treatment other than rest, but the timetable for return to play is unclear.
C Max Unger arrived at practice on crutches and wearing a walking boot. According to reports from USA Today and OL coach Tom Cable, it is just a sore foot, and Unger should be available for the Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns.
TE Zach Miller suffered a head/neck injury after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit with S Kenny Phillips(notes) in the first quarter of the Giants game Oct. 9. Phillips, according to reports from ESPN New York, has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for the hit. Miller underwent an MRI on Monday, but the results of that have not been released. One possible injury is a concussion and this could have him out for some time depending on the severity. He did not participate in practice at all this week and is complaining of a sore neck.
These are not the only Seahawks players suffering with injuries, however. LB Leroy Hill(notes) has a hamstring injury, but is expected to be able to return for the Cleveland game. LB Jameson Konz(notes) is out for the season with an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that will require surgery. RB Marshawn Lynch(notes) has an ankle injury. WR Mike Williams has been recovering from a concussion, but is expected to be cleared before Week 7.
With all the injuries the Seahawks are suffering from right now, the bye week couldn't have come at a better time. Hopefully, this off-week will provide enough healing time for some of these players to recover and be back on the field.
Deborah Braconnier is a former athlete and 20 year medical professional. She has personal experience with a variety of different sports injuries and has had both knee and spinal surgery. Working now as a freelance writer, she brings her love for both sports and the medical field together in her writing
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