Seattle Seahawks guard Germain Ifedi sustained an ankle injury in practice on Wednesday and had to leave the session, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. Ifedi will officially be listed as “limited” on the practice participation report because he did do some drills before going down with the injury.
Ifedi, 22, was taken with the No. 31 overall pick in this year’s draft and was slated to start at the right guard spot for much of the offseason. He’s been working with the starters and has been coming along strong, part of the reason the Seahawks released guard Jahri Evans, who they had only just brought in this offseason.
The severity of Ifedi’s ankle injury is unknown at this time as the Seahawks have provided no further details. Suffice to say losing him for any amount of time would be a huge deal, as the Seahawks noted that the offensive line was their biggest issue this offseason. Protecting quarterback Russell Wilson and fielding a dominant running game with Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael is the top order of the season for Seattle.
Seattle’s offensive line will face one of its biggest test of the season in their Week 1 opener: the Miami Dolphins. Ndamukong Suh holds down Miami’s defensive front, and Ifedi was expected to scrap with him on more than one occasion on Sunday.
It’s unclear if he’ll miss that matchup or if he’ll be ready in time, and we likely won’t know until his status is made clear for future practice sessions.