The Seahawks said Monday that rookie starting right guard John Moffitt will miss the remainder of the season with an injured knee. They also said that three players who suffered concussions in Seattle’s 22-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday — wide receivers Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin and defensive back Kam Chancellor — may have a chance to play when the Seahawks take on the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome Sunday. But it’s not guaranteed.
“We won’t know that until we get through the process and all,” said head coach Pete Carroll. “So itll be an eventful week for us in getting ready to go to St. Louis.”
The loss of either receiver leaves Seattle thin at that position, a fact Carroll acknowledged, but refused to get depressed over.
“Well be able to work it out,” Carroll said. “Were going to keep our fingers crossed on those guys coming back to play, of course, but we did bring Patrick Williams back last week. He’s been in our system for some time and he knows it. So if we needed to go that route, we would figure out how to get that done. But right now were not going to go outside (the roster) and do anything.
Of Moffitt, who was making significant improvement after a typically slow rookie start, Carroll said, “Were going to miss him, but well get him right. It was not an ACL injury, so thats a good thing. But still there was some pretty severe damage in there, so were going to miss him.
The Seahawks have only three victories this season, but two have come against teams that have six wins — the Ravens and New York Giants.
“I think,” Carroll said, “that it’s about the potential that we have. You can see we did things (Sunday) that can put you in trouble to win a football game (penalties). Those things have gotten in the way in the past. So as we learn to put together good games and play good, consistent outings, you can see that when we do it well, we didnt turn the ball over.
“Thats always the key and that gave us a chance to win. With all other variables pushed aside, thats the variable that makes the difference always. We had another really good illustration that we can win against a division-leading team when you play good, solid football with the right approach and you take care of the football.
“Its about the potential and putting it together. There are a lot of games left. Now we just need to come back and put together a game that gives us a chance again.
About the only negative to come out of Seattle’ victory: 13 penalties. The Seahawks have an NFC-leading 83 and are on a pace to obliterate the franchise record of 128 set in 1984.
“Its a global situation were dealing with here,” Carroll said. “Its of epidemic proportions. Were going right back to work at it as best we can. Its awareness for the most part. Sometimes were trying too hard.”
The Seahawks also host the Rams Monday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.