Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett breaks finger in loss to 49ers

SEATTLE — If the Seahawks are going to show their latest slide round in time to make the playoffs, they’re going to seemingly need to do it with out Tyler Lockett.

Seattle’s main receiver broke a bone in his index finger late within the workforce’s 21-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday evening. The workforce continues to be attempting to find out one of the best plan of action, coach Pete Carroll mentioned, and it could be Lockett having surgical procedure with the hope of returning in some unspecified time in the future this season.

Carroll mentioned the harm is a spiral crack and that it is “very similar” to the break operating again Rashaad Penny suffered in coaching camp in 2018. Penny was injured on Aug. 13, had surgical procedure two days later and was again for the Seahawks’ Sept. 9 opener.

Carroll mentioned Lockett believes he can return in two weeks.

“There’s a couple different ways that they can do the surgery,” Carroll mentioned. “One of the ways gives him a chance to be back. Remember Rashaad Penny … had an injury similar, very similar. So they’ve already floated that thought and they’re going to talk about all the options and all that and we’re going to love him up and take care of him. Whatever the right thing to do to take care of him, we’re going to do.”

Carroll mentioned Lockett will want surgical procedure in some unspecified time in the future however did not affirm that it will likely be instantly, saying the receiver is not “really fired up” about that choice.

The Seahawks additionally misplaced nostril deal with Bryan Mone to what Carroll referred to as a “significant” ACL harm. He did not have an replace on linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who was pulled from the sport within the second half due to a sore neck.

Lockett was harm on Seattle’s final drive, Carroll mentioned. He completed with seven catches for 68 yards, snapping his franchise-record streak of six consecutive video games with a receiving landing. He leads the Seahawks with 964 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, whereas his 78 catches are one behind DK Metcalf.

Lockett, 30, has missed solely two video games in eight NFL seasons, one due to a damaged leg late in 2016 and the opposite as a consequence of COVID-19 final 12 months.

“I can’t fathom playing without Tyler,” Carroll mentioned. “I got a chance to hang with him, just to try to express what it’s like to be working with a guy like this for so long. He’s such an incredible player. He’s not in tremendous pain. He’s got a broken hand. You feel sorry for him, but he’s such a magnificent football player and a member of the team and member of the community and our area and our fans … that we’re gonna miss the heck out of him for whatever he misses.”

Lockett is in his first season as an offensive captain.

“It sucks,” mentioned security Quandre Diggs, considered one of Lockett’s closest mates on the Seahawks. “Especially a guy like that gives it his all. The things that he does for the organization, that he does for this team, he’s one of the vocal leaders, he’s a captain for a reason. He’s done it for a long time. He’s somebody that I have a hell of a lot of respect for. I’ll be there for him, of course.”

Lockett’s absence will push veteran Marquise Goodwin from the No. 3 to the No. 2 position behind Metcalf. Carroll mentioned second-year receiver Dee Eskridge is near coming back from the damaged hand that landed him on injured reserve. He is eligible to return subsequent week.

The 49ers’ win clinched the NFC West and gave the Seahawks their fourth loss in 5 video games following a 6-3 begin. They’re presently one spot out of the NFC playoff standings, behind the Washington Commanders (7-5-1) and New York Giants (7-5-1) in wild-card seeding.