Under Pete Carroll, it just isn’t a week unless there’s been some changes on the roster. But unlike the usual shuffling of backup personnel, today’s moves are a bit more significant.
According to John Boyle of the Everett Herald, LB Leroy Hill and OL Mansfield Wrotto were signed, OG Max Unger was placed on injured reserve, CB Kennard Cox was cut, and CB Ross Weaver was replaced on the practice squad by CB Cord Parks.
The injury Unger suffered early in yesterday’s game was described by Carroll as a toe injury, and his placement on IR likely means it was turf toe, which can take 4-6 weeks or longer to heal. Because a player with a turf toe injury cannot play until he is completely pain-free or risk almost certain re-injury, these injuries can linger on and eat up a large chunk of the player’s season. Rather than wait a month-plus for the return of their starting right guard, the team elected to continue without him.
So then, who takes over the starting right guard spot? Evan Dietrich-Smith is listed on Seattle’s depth chart as the primary backup to Unger, but Chester Pitts, Ben Hamilton, and Mansfield Wrotto are also possible replacements. Mike Gibson could be moved from his LG spot over to RG, but that would mean disrupting two positions on the line, and we all know that playing guard is not Stacy Andrews’ strong suit.
Thankfully, Bates has proven adept at scheming around deficiencies on the offensive line to keep Hasselbeck protected, and Unger was one of the weaker links among the team’s starting linemen. Still, it’s awfully hard to build chemistry on your o-line when injuries have turned your starting lineup into a game of musical chairs.