A stellar effort by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was dampened by an injury to projected starting left tackle Geroge Fant in the teams 20-13 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings. The injury to Fant is a massive blow to an offensive line the team was looking to rebound from last years sub-par play.
For the 68,550 fans attending Friday Nights game at CenturyLink Field, the play of the first team offense had fans thinking last years offensive line woes were but a distance memory. Selective memory if you will. Wilson threw for two touchdowns and completed 13 of 18 passes for 206 yards in a half days worth of work. Wilsons first half was shadowed by the injury to Fant the former Western Kentucky basketball player who started 10 games at left tackle last year.
“It’s heartbreaking. It’s so unfortunate. ” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in his post game conference.” It’s unfortunate that George doesn’t get to play football. And the rest of it; there’s other things that follow that. But my first thought is about George.”
The Seahawks receiving corps had another outstanding day with Doug Baldwin hauling in four passes for 69 yards and Kasen Williams continued his campaign for not only a roster position but a starting role with two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown. Williams had four receptions for 119 yards last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. Wilson believes Williams is just beginning to show what he can do.
“I’m not surprised. All the hard work he puts in, you get out what you put in. He has put in so much so much work this whole offseason and really his whole career so far. He has finally had the chance to get in there and play a good amount and that was exciting to see him to have two great games.
Eddie Lacy started the game while Thomas Rawls sat due to a minor ankle injury and the former Gren Bay Packer put in a workman like effort with six carries for 20 yards. Mike Davis ( 37 yards), and Chris Carson ( 27 yards) also had six carries, while Alex Collins finished the day with 10 carries for 58 yards. C.J. Prosise did not play due to a slight injury. The bottom line is that the running back competition will go down to the last day of cuts. Every one of the players has talent and the separation will be created by the most consistent performer. Next Friday’s contest against the Kansas City will help determine a pecking order as the preseason winds down.
Defensive End Michael Bennett sat during the playing of the national anthem and was accompanied by Justin Britt who stood next to him and put a hand on his shoulder. Jeremy Lane had his back to the field. When asked about the protest, head coach Pete Carroll was supportive of the player’s self-expression.
“I think in this time that we’re facing right now, this is more important than ever. There is a lot of growth that needs to take place for us to accomplish the change that needs to be dealt with. It is absolutely imperative that guys from both sides of the fence come together and learn and be open and support. These guys are going to show you that. They’re working at it. They understand that there’s issues and concerns that we have difficulty talking about. ”