Seahawks lose DK Metcalf to knee injury vs. Chargers

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Seattle Seahawks took a potentially significant blow amid a hot start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Pro Bowl receiver DK Metcalf left the game on a cart at the end of the first quarter while Seattle led, 17-0. The Seahawks almost immediately announced that he was ruled out of the game with a knee injury. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the game that X-Rays on Metcalf's knee were negative and that he was scheduled to undergo further testing when the team returned from to Seattle. The Seahawks won the game, 37-23.

Metcalf entered the game having tallied 30 catches for 406 yards and two touchdowns through six games on a surprisingly potent Seahawks offense that ranked 10th in the NFL behind quarterback Geno Smith with 24.3 points per game. Metcalf secured one catch for 12 yards before leaving the game.

A Pro Bowler in 2020, Metcalf has finished in Seattle's top-two in receiving yardage alongside Tyler Lockett since he joined the league as a breakout rookie in 2019. Any extended absence would put a strain on Seattle's offense.