According to Adam Schefter (via Twitter):
“Seattle’s 1st-rd pick, OT James Carpenter, tore ACL during Weds practice. Seahawks already lost G John Moffitt to season-ending knee injury.”
The Professor’s Take:
For a running game that had gotten things on track in recent weeks, this news could potentially be crippling. Moffit was not as highly regarded, so his loss was not a major issue. Reports, however, have been that Carpenter has been coming alive of late. Danny O’Neill of the Sporting News (click here for the article) recently wrote:
“Rookie right tackle James Carpenter has lost more than 20 pounds since arriving at training camp, and his level of play has improved significantly. He played his best game of the season against Arizona, and showed signs of being the dominant physical presence Seattle expected when it chose him No. 25 overall in the draft.”
It will be interesting the see how Marshawn Lynch is able to produce with a brand new right side of the offensive line in place. This week won’t be the biggest test and could be a good opportunity for the group to get their feet wet as they take on St. Louis. The Rams have currently allowed the most rushing yards per game in the league at 150.6. Last week they allowed the Browns’ Chris Ogbonnaya to run for 90 yards on just 19 carries.
I wouldn’t downgrade Lynch for this week based on this news, as he should remain a must use option in all formats. Moving forward, however, things could be significantly different.
Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 11 articles:
- Top 25 Quarterbacks
- Top 40 Running Backs
- Top 50 Wide Receivers
- Top 15 Defenses
- Waiver Worthy
- The Time Has Come To Try And Shop Stevie Johnson
- Looking At The Options To Replace Matt Schaub
- Is Kendall Hunter Worth Targeting On The Waiver Wire For Week 11?
- A Look At The Fantasy Fallout Of Matt Cassel’s Injury
- Was Week 10 The Turning Point For Roy Helu & The Redskins Backfield?