The Seattle Seahawks got off to a strong start in their Week 1 season opener against the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field on Sunday, September 10. However, the game took a drastic turn in the second half, resulting in an embarrassing 31-13 loss for the team.
In the third quarter, during the second offensive drive, the starting right tackle, Charles Cross, left the field due to an injury and entered the blue medical tent. After a thorough examination, it was announced that he had sustained a toe injury and would not return to the game.
Losing Cross for an extended period would undoubtedly be a significant setback for the Seahawks. Cross, the former No. 9 overall pick from the 2022 NFL Draft, had signed a lucrative four-year, $21 million contract with Seattle last year.
After the game, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll provided an update on Cross’s condition. Carroll informed the reporters, “Cross has a sprained big toe, and initial X-rays didn’t reveal anything severe. However, we’ll need to wait and see how he progresses.”
With both starting tackles, Cross and Abe Lucas, sidelined due to injuries, the Seahawks offense struggled, managing only 12 yards in total. It is hoped that neither Cross nor Lucas, who were ranked as the No. 2 and No. 3 “most important players” on the Seahawks’ 2023 roster by USA Today’s Tim Weaver, will be out for an extended period.
There is optimism that Charles Cross, in his second year, will continue to play a crucial role on the offensive line. ESPN’s Bill Barwell included the 22-year-old tackle in his list of “Breakout Players in 2023,” making him the sole Seahawks player on the list. Barwell believes that Cross could earn Pro Bowl honors this season, citing his strong performance as a rookie despite some imperfections.
On the other hand, Pete Carroll’s update on Abe Lucas sounded less optimistic. Lucas, the team’s No. 72 overall pick from the 2022 NFL draft, appears to be dealing with persistent pain in his knee. Carroll explained, “Abe’s knee flared up once more. He doesn’t have a knee injury.
It’s the same knee we rested him on during camp, and it just got really sore during the game, and he couldn’t perform as needed, so we had to take him out. So, I’m uncertain about what to explain regarding that.”
Losing both starting tackles proved to be a significant challenge for the team, and Carroll acknowledged the difficulties they faced in protecting their quarterback. Fortunately, wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who briefly left the game for concussion evaluation, received a clean bill of health after being examined. Carroll assured, “He’s fine.”
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