For the first month of the season, the Seahawks largely had avoided the big injuries that had hit many other teams.
The Rams, Redskins and Vikings lost their starting quarterbacks; the Eagles and Falcons lost multiple starting linemen; the Chargers lost five key players; the Chiefs lost two starting defenders; the Panthers lost just about all of their running backs; and other stars such as Charles Tillman and Chris Long hit IR.
The worst that had happened to the Hawks was the temporary loss of their third and fourth cornerbacks. But the injury bug has bitten them pretty good the past couple of weeks.
Tight end Zach Miller is out at least a couple more weeks after ankle surgery, center Max Unger missed the Dallas game with a foot injury, safety Kam Chancellor played through a bad ankle and hip and left tackle Russell Okung reportedly is playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. On top of that, the Hawks lost cornerback Byron Maxwell (calf) and possibly linebacker Bobby Wagner (toe).
Maxwell suffered a calf strain, which is not as bad as Pete Carroll’s initial thought that it could be a high ankle sprain. But it appears Maxwell still might miss time.
With Tharold Simon (knee surgery) and Jeremy Lane (groin) already out, the Hawks suddenly are down to their fifth corner, relative newcomer Marcus Burley, starting opposite Richard Sherman. In addition, Sherman suffered a shoulder injury — meaning the top four corners are all dealing with injuries.
Steve Terrell, summoned from the practice squad Saturday to offer depth in case Chancellor could not play, suddenly found himself playing nickel back.
Simon is close to returning; and, if Maxwell is out, Simon’s return won’t come soon enough. In the meantime, it won’t be surprising if the Hawks bring back cornerback Josh Thomas, who was cut last week when the Hawks signed center Patrick Lewis in the wake of Unger’s injury.
Lane, who is on temporary injured reserve, cannot return for about three more weeks.
Wagner jammed his big toe, Carroll said, although he returned in the second half. It remains to be seen whether he has a turf toe issue that will keep him out.
“Other than that,” Carroll said, with a straight face, “we should be OK.”