Seattle Seahawks are joining the long list of teams that were hit hard with injuries in Week 2. On Monday, Seahawks learned that their key defensive duo, pass rusher Bruce Irvin and safety Marquise Blair, suffered ACL injuries and will be out for the remainder of 2020.
Irvin got hurt late in the fourth quarter of the 35-30 win over the New England Patriots. The 32-year-old player attempted to get to Pats’ quarterback Cam Newton from the edge before going down on the grass and grabbing his knee. The injury appeared to be non-contact.
Blair, on the other hand, suffered the injury while trying to tackle New England’s running back Sony Michel. He collided with teammate K.J. Wright during the tackle, and his knee gave out.
“Both Bruce and Marquise are going to have to have surgery, so that means that they will be done for the season, which is really a big blow,” Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the news on Monday. “I know a lot of teams lost players this weekend; we certainly felt it with both of those guys. Both of those guys have a lot to offer your team in their attitude and approach and style of play, so it’ll be difficult to replace those guys in that regard.”
Seattle will most likely try to find an in-house replacement for both players. Second-year player Cody Barton and 2020’s first-round pick Jordyn Brooks should be options to step in for Irvin. The last year’s fourth-rounder Ugo Amadi is expected to take over from Blair.