Seahawks' rookie right guard Germain Ifedi has a high ankle sprain and will miss a few weeks.
Seahawks’ rookie guard Germain Ifedi has a high ankle sprain that is likely to keep him out up to three weeks or so, a source confirmed to the Seattle Times. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had an initial report of the severity of the injury.
Ifedi was injured during practice on Wednesday and was listed as limited on the team’s official injury report following practice. He did not participate in practice Thursday.
Ifedi, the team’s first-round pick out of Texas A&M taken with the No. 31 overall selection, has been slated to be the team’s starting right guard.
In his place, the Seahawks are expected to go with veteran J’Marcus Webb at right guard. Webb started 13 games at right guard for the Raiders last season. The Seahawks signed him to play right tackle, but after he suffered a twisted knee early in training camp he ended up losing that spot to Garry Gilliam, after Gilliam was moved back there after starting the year at left tackle.
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Webb has been slated for a spot as a swing tackle, backing up at either side. But with Ifedi out, and no other backup having taken a snap in an NFL game, he appears likely now to play at guard.
Neither coach Pete Carroll nor offensive line coach Tom Cable were available to speak to the media after Thursday’s practice.
Seattle’s other backups are rookie center Joey Hunt, rookie guard/tackle Rees Odhiamo and rookie left tackle George Fant. And the Seahawks could also move Britt back to guard — the position he played last season, though on the left side — and slide in Hunt at center.
Odhiambo, a third-round pick out of Boise State, is listed as Ifedi’s backup on the team’s depth chart but a more likely option is Webb moving in to guard. Along with his experience with the Raiders, Webb also started at right and left tackle for the Bears in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Veteran Jahri Evans served as Ifedi’s backup during the preseason after signing with the Seahawks in early August. But Evans was released in the cutdown to 53 last weekend and on Wednesday re-signed with the New Orleans Saints, the he played for from 2006-15.
Seattle also earlier waived center Patrick Lewis, who started 13 games for the Seahawks in 2014-15. He was claimed by the Buffalo Bills.
Ifedi had emerged in the preseason as a key part of an interior trio along with center Justin Britt and left guard Mark Glowinski that had drawn raves from Seattle coaches.
“I feel like the inside three is pretty solid,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said last week.
But that trio will be broken up for now, with Ifedi out for a few games at the least. Britt started the 2014 season at left guard and one option could be to move him to guard and use Hunt at center. But simply inserting Webb at right guard, a spot he has played before, would be less disruptive.
That, however, would leave the Seahawks with no backups who have ever played a down in the NFL.
The Seahawks also have guard/center Will Pericak on the practice squad after he spent preseason as a backup at both spots. But that would require putting him on the 53-man roster and waiving another player to make room.
With just eight healthy offensive linemen, though, the Seahawks may be forced to promote Pericak for added depth.
Pericak has been on and off practice squads since 2013 but has yet to play in an NFL game.
The Seahawks also had second-year player Kristjan Sokoli as a backup guard early in game after he spent all of last season on the active roster. Sokoli has not landed on another roster but his agent indicated that Sokoli would prefer to go back to defense, the position he played in college.