Rookie first-round pick Germain Ifedi suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday's practice. The severity is unclear,
The Seahawks’ first-round draft pick, right guard Germain Ifedi, suffered an ankle injury in practice Wednesday of undetermined severity.
The team listed Ifedi on the injury report as limited, which means that he participated in some of practice. Coach Pete Carroll did not talk after practice (he held his regular weekly press conference prior to practice) and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said only that he didn’t know and hadn’t seen what happened.
Also left unstated for now is how the team would replace him. Rookie Rees Odhiambo is listed as Ifedi’s backup but it’s unclear how ready the team feels he would be to start — he did not work much with the first team during the preseason.
The team could also move Justin Britt from center to guard — Britt started in 2015 at left guard — and go with Joey Hunt at center. J’Marcus Webb, expected to be a backup at both tackle spots entering the season, could also play guard after starting 13 games at right guard last season for the Raiders.
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The Seahawks also have Will Pericak, who played guard and center throughout the preseason before being waived, on the practice squad. The team could elevate him to the active roster, if necessary.
Seattle currently has nine offensive linemen on its active roster.
Ifedi was taken with the No. 31 pick of the first round, considered a key piece of a re-built Seattle offensive line that includes just one current starter at the same position he played a year ago (right tackle Garry Gilliam) and was one of the standouts of training camp, playing as the starting right guard from the first day and never losing his spot.
Ifedi’s backup throughout the preseason was 33-year-old veteran Jahri Evans, who signed in August after playing 10 years with the New Orleans Saints. Evans, though, was released in the cutdown to 53 over the weekend and on Wednesday re-signed with the Saints, who instantly listed him as the starter at right guard on their depth chart.
Seattle also waived Patrick Lewis, the starting center for much of last season.
Carroll spoke enthusiastically about the progress of the offensive line during his weekly press conference prior to practice.
“We’re ready to go,” he said. “I think we’ve had terrific offseason work. They’ve worked extensively against our first guys. They’ve had really high tempo. They’ve carried it out, we’ve run the ball pretty well in preseason. We gave up some sacks for miscellaneous reasons but other than that I thought they did a really consistent job of protecting. There’s still some first things that are going to happen. Germain is going to have his first chance in a regular season. I think he’s going to show you he’s ready. He’s shown us nothing but that.”
Miami, while a 10.5-point underdog, will present Seattle’s offensive line a stiff test no matter the configuration the Seahawks ultimately use Sunday. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is generally considered one of the best at his position and ends Cameron Wake and Mario Williams also have significant track records.
“They’ve got some really notable players up front,” Carroll said. “Mario, Suh and those guys — they’re fantastic players. It’ll be a great challenge for us.”
The Seahawks also listed tight end Jimmy Graham as a full participant, which is a further indication that he will play Sunday against the Dolphins.
Asked before practice about Graham playing Sunday Carroll said “his chances are the same. They’re good.”
Asked what he needs to see out of Graham this week for him to play Sunday said “just more of the same. The comfort to go full out with everything we’re doing. Responding from those days and feeling really good about it. Us feeling good about him feeling good about it as well.”
The Seahawks also listed CB Tharold Simon as not participating with a knee injury and tight end Nick Vannett as not participating with an ankle injury. Carroll has already said Vannett will not play.
RB Thomas Rawls is not listed on the injury report since he played last Thursday and the team has said he will play against the Raiders. He remains listed as a backup to Christine Michael on the depth chart.