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    Tatupu's season-ending injury just the latest hit to ailing Seahawks

    Associated Press
    SEATTLE -- Already dealing with key injuries, the Seahawks took another hit Sunday when they lost three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu for the season with a torn left pectoral muscle.

    Seahawks coach Jim Mora announced that Tatupu would miss the rest of the season and need surgery following a 27-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

    Tatupu appeared to be hurt while tackling Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald late in the second quarter. Tatupu walked off holding his left chest area and with his left arm appearing limp.

    "The Lofa thing is tough," Mora said. "It's a blow to our team. It's a blow to him as a man. He's such a competitor, he loves to play. This is such an important part of his life, and I don't know if he's ever experienced anything like this, at least this early in the season. It's going to be tough on him."

    While most of the Seahawks' injury problems have been on the offensive side, and specifically the offensive line, Tatupu's injury is a big loss for a defense that has posted two shutouts this season but also was picked apart by the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Two team doctors and three trainers briefly attended to Tatupu on the bench. A doctor pressed on Tatupu's shoulder, and the linebacker reacted with a painful jerk. A physician then escorted Tatupu into the locker room. He returned to the field in the second half wearing sweats.

    Despite not playing in the second half, Tatupu still had a team-high eight tackles against the Cardinals. Second-year linebacker David Hawthrone took Tatupu's spot, marking the second time this season that he has filled in for the Seahawks' defensive captain. Hawthorne played nearly two full games after Tatupu was slowed with a hamstring injury.

    "Hawthorne has showed he can fill those shoes," Seahawks safety Deon Grant said. "I'm going to make sure to have his back, and if he needs me, all he has to is keep his ears open. I'm going to be right there for him.

    "We'll be all right. We're going to miss Lofa big time because he's more than a leader on this defense. He brings a lot of passion."

    The Seahawks also played the second half without defensive end Patrick Kerney, who aggravated a groin injury. Mora said Kerney was injured on the final play of the first half and couldn't go in the second half. The two-time Pro Bowler had two sacks and one forced fumble before being sidelined.

    Kerney was first injured during an Oct. 4 game at Indianapolis, then missed last week's victory over Jacksonville.

    The Seahawks were without four other starters again Sunday. Entering the weekend, 12 Seattle starters had missed at least one game because of injury this season. However, the Seahawks have their bye next week and are hopeful of having some starters -- offensive linemen Sean Locklear and Rob Sims, and linebacker Leroy Hill -- back when they play Nov. 1 at Dallas.

    "Fortunately we've got guys who can step in and play, and we've got good leadership on this football team," Mora said. "There are some veterans that will accept this challenge and will work hard to get us out of this spot that we're in."

    Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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    Seattle Loses Right Tackle Carpenter To Torn ACL
    by r8rh8rmike
    Seattle loses right tackle Carpenter to torn ACL

    By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer
    November 17, 2011

    RENTON, Wash. (AP)—Restructuring the offensive line was such a priority for the Seattle Seahawks they spent their first two draft picks last April on a tackle and a guard in the hopes they would become the long-term solutions on the right side.

    Both John Moffitt and James Carpenter are now done for the season because of knee injuries.

    Just two days after Moffitt was placed on injured reserve, the Seahawks announced Thursday that Carpenter has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, prematurely ending the season for the rookie right tackle.

    “It’s a shame. It’s part of the game. But we’re going to be fine. We’re all confident in that,” Seahawks assistant head coach Tom Cable said. “I have no worries. We’re going to move forward and continue to get better.”

    Carpenter’s injury happened during practice on Wednesday when he went down during a pass rush drill. He was taken off the practice field on a cart and an MRI Wednesday night confirmed the extent of Carpenter’s injury. Cable said it was the first time in his coaching career that he had a player suffer such a serious injury in a pass protection drill.

    “Yesterday, it was bad. Just the way he went down, the way the injury happened,” said Breno Giacomini, who will step into Carpenter’s spot. “That’s the way it goes. It’s tough for him. James will be back, though. He’s a tough kid, so he’ll be back and we’ll try and help him however we can help him.

    There is no timetable set for when Carpenter will have surgery or on his recovery time, but typical ACL injuries usually require about nine months of rehabilitation.

    “It’s part of the game. There really isn’t anything we can do about it. We can’t let it affect us,” Seahawks center Max Unger said.

    Carpenter was Seattle’s first-round pick out of Alabama in the April draft, taken with the 25th overall selection. He battled weight problems early in training camp, but had started all nine games this season and had shown consistent improvement.

    Carpenter’s injury came on the heels of Moffitt being lost for the season with a pair of torn ligaments in his right knee. Moffitt, who was injured when he was caught up in a pile during the Seahawks’ 22-17 win over Baltimore last Sunday, will be replaced by veteran Paul McQuistan. Carpenter’s spot will be taken by Giacomini, who started the season opener at right tackle while Carpenter filled in at left guard.

    That game in San Francisco to open the season was the only start of Giacomini’s NFL career. He’s played in every other game this season as an extra lineman in short-yardage situations and on special teams.

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  • RamWraith
    Holmgren unhappy with Trufant's play
    by RamWraith
    KIRKLAND, Wash. - When talented cornerback Marcus Trufant didn't play up to the level Mike Holmgren expected in the Seattle Seahawks' opener at Jacksonville, the coach was quick to call an audible.

    In fact, he was extremely audible, inviting Trufant, the Seahawks' first-round draft choice in 2003, into his office.

    "I expected more from him," Holmgren said Wednesday. "We had a nice visit. I think the world of him. I think he is a really good player. I set the bar very high for him. My expectation level for him is high. Any time he falls short of that, fair or not fair, I want to talk to him about it."

    Trufant gave up a 30-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to Jaguars veteran wideout Jimmy Smith in Seattle's opener, a 26-14 loss.

    Trufant and the Seahawks rebounded in the second game of the season with a 21-18 win over Atlanta last weekend in Seattle. Holmgren said Trufant was noticeably improved.

    "He's a great player," added Andre Dyson, Trufant's new cornerback partner. "He has everything you want as a corner. That's why he was drafted in the first round."

    Trufant and the Seahawks figure to face their toughest test of the season Sunday, when they face the Arizona Cardinals -- featuring the receiving tandem of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

    Although the Cardinals are winless, the 6-foot-3 Fitzgerald and the 6-1 Bolden are off to good starts this season, with Fitzgerald making 17 catches for 225 yards and one touchdown in two games, and Boldin 12 receptions for 181 yards.

    "They're big, they're fast, they're good," Holmgren said. "It's a great challenge."

    Trufant and Dyson will try to keep Fitzgerald and Boldin from catching passes from veteran quarterback Kurt Warner, who has completed an impressive 56 of 82 passes for 591 yards with his new team. Warner has one touchdown pass, with two interceptions.

    The defending NFC West champion Seahawks and the division rival Cardinals split two games last season, with the two Arizona receivers each catching a pair of TD passes in the games.

    "I think it just comes down to them being great players," Trufant said. "They can run fast, they can jump high and they can catch the ball. They're special guys."

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  • Nick
    Seattle starting LB out for season
    by Nick
    Seattle starting LB out for season

    KIRKLAND, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks linebacker Anthony Simmons will have season-ending surgery to repair a broken left wrist and won't return this season, coach Mike Holmgren said Wednesday.

    Simmons was hurt in last weekend's loss at St. Louis but still had seven solo tackles and forced a fumble. The week before, he returned an interception for his second career touchdown in Seattle's win at San Francisco.

    Simmons, scheduled for surgery Thursday, has had many injuries during his seven-year NFL career. He missed two games last month after shoulder surgery to remove a bone spur, but ranks third on the team with 42 tackles _ 30 solo.

    Despite missing two games last season with a stiff neck, he led the Seahawks with 100 tackles. In 2002, Simmons missed nine games with a persistent high ankle sprain sustained in the opener.

    He was limited to 11 games as a rookie in 1998 because of a preseason knee injury.

    ``He has been unlucky,'' Holmgren said. ``He's very skilled, very fast, but he's been unlucky.''

    The Seahawks (5-4) also won't have backup linebacker Tracy White, out two weeks with a strained right hamstring, for Sunday's game against Miami (1-8). Chad Brown is questionable with a strained left knee.

    ``We're a little thin at linebacker,'' Holmgren said.

    Isaiah Kacyvenski, rookie Niko Koutouvides, four-year veteran Orlando Huff and second-year pro Solomon Bates will step up. Holmgren said the team wasn't yet ready to announce a roster move to replace Simmons.

    There was some encouraging injury news for the Seahawks.

    Defensive end Grant Wistrom will return after missing four games with a broken bone in his left knee, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is listed as probable with a bruised right thigh.

    Hasselbeck was hurt on Seattle's first play from scrimmage last week when he bumped into running back Shaun Alexander. Hasselbeck probably won't practice until Thursday, but he's expected to start Sunday.

    ``He's on track,'' Holmgren said. ``You've all had a charley horse, where it's swollen up and it can't bend. That's what he has.''
    -11-17-2004, 04:02 PM
  • Nick
    SEAHAWKS: Hasselbeck has shoulder surgery
    by Nick
    Hasselbeck has shoulder surgery
    By Len Pasquarelli
    Updated: Jan. 18, 2007, 10:01 PM ET

    Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder and faces a lengthy recovery that could preclude any participation in the team's offseason conditioning program.

    There is no definitive timetable yet for Hasselbeck's recovery, but the typical rehabilitation from labrum surgery is about six months.

    After deliberating his options, Hasselbeck decided to have the surgery following a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, the renowned Birmingham, Ala.-based orthopedics specialist. Andrews' examination of the shoulder confirmed the torn labrum and, rather than delay any longer, Hasselbeck decided to move forward quickly so that he could hasten the start of his rehabilitation.

    The eight-year veteran actually sustained the injury in a playoff loss at Green Bay after the 2003 season. Hasselbeck played the past three seasons with the labrum problem, but the discomfort became too intense this season to try to get through another year without surgery.

    After a brilliant 2005 campaign in which he led the Seahawks to a berth in Super Bowl XL, Hasselbeck's '06 season was marred by a series of physical ailments.

    In addition to the deteriorating condition of the shoulder labrum, Hasselbeck missed four games with a sprained ligament in his right knee and played the final two months of the season with two broken bones in his left hand.

    Hasselbeck, 31, appeared in 12 games, all starts, and completed 210-of-371 passes for 2,442 yards, with eight touchdown passes, 15 interceptions and a passer rating of 76.0. But that was Hasselbeck's lowest rating since 2001, his first season with the Seahawks and his first as a starter in the league.

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  • LA Rammer
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    by LA Rammer
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    By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer 48 minutes ago

    RENTON, Wash. (AP)—Charlie Whitehurst(notes) is expected to be Seattle’s starting quarterback on Sunday when the Seahawks play the St. Louis Rams for the NFC West title.

    Pete Carroll said Monday the Seahawks will plan on Whitehurst being their starter Sunday night. But he wasn’t ready to rule out Matt Hasselbeck(notes) after he left Sunday’s 38-15 loss to Tampa Bay after running for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Hasselbeck suffered a strain to his lower back/hip/gluteal area that did not allow him to return.

    Hasselbeck underwent an MRI and additional tests Monday morning and the results were positive enough that Carroll remained somewhat optimistic.

    “It’s something (that) it may be manageable. It may be,” Carroll said. “The MRI results were not such where he doesn’t have a chance. They were very hopeful that he has an opportunity to get back, but we won’t know for days. So it’s kind of a difficult situation for us because we don’t know and we’re not sure what is going to happen until we find out the news probably by Saturday, or it may go all the way to game time.”

    After Sunday’s loss, Hasselbeck said the injury first popped up in Week 3 against San Diego and has been a slight bother a few other times during the season, but nothing like Sunday. Hasselbeck went to the ground after scoring and walked off the field.

    If he can’t go, Whitehurst would be making his second career start, with Seattle going for its first division title since 2007.

    “I want to make sure as we proceed through the week and know what we’re doing,” Carroll said. “If Matt can play a factor in that, we’ll figure it out when the time comes.”

    Offensive tackle Russell Okung(notes) also aggravated a left ankle injury Sunday, but did not miss a play. Carroll did not indicate whether Okung will miss any time. Wide receiver Brandon Stokley(notes) also suffered a concussion, but the Seahawks won’t know about his availability until later in the week.
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