Originally published November 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM | Page modified November 14, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Seahawks lose rookie guard John Moffitt for season

Moffitt suffered will require surgery for injuries to the medial collateral and post collateral ligaments in his right knee.

Seattle Times staff reporter


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The Seahawks' offensive line, which has made significant progress the past two games, suffered a setback Monday.

Rookie guard John Moffitt is out for the season because of a knee injury suffered in the first quarter of Sunday's victory over Baltimore.

"We're going to miss him," coach Pete Carroll said, "but we'll get him right."

Moffitt suffered injuries to the medial collateral and post collateral ligaments in his right knee. He will have to undergo surgery.

After seven games, the Seahawks had allowed the most sacks in the NFL and gained the second-fewest rushing yards. But in the past two games, they allowed just two sacks and running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for more than 100 yards in each game. It's the first time since September 2008 that the Seahawks have had a back hit triple figures in rushing yardage in consecutive games.

Lemuel Jeanpierre replaced Moffitt at right guard and played the final three quarters of Sunday's game. Paul McQuistan, who started three games at left guard earlier this season, will also be considered to replace Moffitt.

Moffitt was chosen in the third round of the April draft and installed as a starter next to James Carpenter, Seattle's first-round draft pick. The rookies had shown great progress over the past month.

"He's been working so hard at it," Carroll said of Moffitt. "He's a good character in the locker room and all, and a good guy and really right at the cusp of when we're starting to improve."

In other injury news, three Seahawks suffered concussions in Sunday's game: receivers Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice and safety Kam Chancellor. Carroll said the early signs were encouraging.

"All had very good days (Monday)," Carroll said, "and look to have an opportunity to play."

Seattle won't know more about their availability for this week's game at St. Louis until Wednesday or Thursday.

Safety Atari Bigby and defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove suffered hamstring injuries, which could impact their availability this week.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or On Twitter: @dannyoneil.

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