The Seattle Seahawks placed center Justin Britt on injured reserve officially ending his season. Britt suffered a torn ACL in the Seahawks win against the Falcons. After the game, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll admitted Britt’s injury “looks like an ACL,” per ESPN. The team announced on October 29th that Britt was placed on injured reserve, while guard Jordan Roos was promoted.
“We’ll know more, but it looks like he’s got something that’s going to keep him out,” Carroll said, per ESPN. “…Joey’s [Joey Hunt] been preparing for this opportunity forever,” Carroll said. “He’s been a great worker and a total team guy. He’ll do a really good job filling the spot.”
Joey Hunt is expected to fill in for Britt as the Seahawks center. Britt sustained the injury during the Seahawks’ first possession of the game in Atlanta. The injury is a big blow for the Seahawks given Britt is considered the heart of the offensive line. Britt’s teammates appeared to understand the potential severity of Britt’s injury as they took a knee on the field as the Seahawks’ medical staff attended to the center.
The Seahawks Have Also Been Without Duane Brown & D.J. Fluker on the Offensive Line
It is challenging news for the Seahawks given the team has already been without stud left tackle Duane Brown and guard D.J. Fluker. The good news is that Brown is hoping to return to the field sooner rather than later. Carroll praised Hunt’s performance against the Falcons, and the coach appears confident that the former TCU center will be able to get the job done in Britt’s absence.
“Joey did really well,” Carroll explained to Seahawks.com. “Joey has always done well when he plays. He absolutely knows our stuff cold, he’s a great communicator. He’s different, totally different style player and athlete and all that but he always gets the job done and he will. He’ll do a fine job for us.”
It Was a Tale of 2 Halves for the Seahawks Against the Falcons
Britt’s injury was one of the few down moments for the Seahawks in the first half against the Falcons. Seattle jumped out to 24-0 lead against Atlanta at halftime but allowed the Falcons back in the game in the second half. The Seahawks’ defense gave up several scoring drives against the Falcons, and the offense only managed three points in the final two quarters.
There were plenty of rumors involving the Seahawks ahead of the NFL trade deadline, but the team opted not to make a move. Some expected the Seahawks to add either a center or tight end given the season-ending injuries to Britt and Will Dissly. If the Seahawks make a move, it will now have to come from the waiver wire, or by signing a player no longer with a team.