The Seattle Seahawks offensive line was already viewed as the team’s weakest link. To make matters worse, the unit suffered a potentially significant blow just days before the season.
Rookie right guard Germain Ifedi sustained a high-ankle sprain during Wednesday’s practice and could miss a few weeks, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Ifedi’s injury is probably the last thing Seattle needed as it attempts to stabilize an offensive line in flux. The first-round pick in this year’s draft was slotted as a starting right guard on Seattle’s latest depth chart.
Fellow rookie Rees Odhiambo might be the man to fill in for Ifedi. The third-round pick out of Boise State is an imposing prospect with outstanding physical strength, but Odhiambo has also had an unsettling injury history. Most recently, Odhiambo broke his ankle last October, forcing him to miss the rest of his final season at Boise State.
Seattle’s offensive line was atrocious in pass protection last season, surrendering 46 sacks last season. That’s with the incredibly elusive Russell Wilson behind center. Seattle’s power running game was still dominant and the Seahawks averaged 4.5 yards per carry last season.
Seattle will replace four starters from last year’s unit and the only returning starter is right tackle Garry Gilliam, who was rated as one of the worst right tackles in the league by Pro Football Focus. With so many moving parts, Seattle might alter its philosophy and put more on Wilson’s shoulders. The loss of Ifedi certainly won’t make things any easier.