Brandon Mebane is out with hamstring injury. Who will step up for Seahawks?
Brandon Mebane is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, leaving a gaping hole on the defensive line for the Seahawks.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Seahawks will enter the toughest stretch of their schedule with one of their best defensive players — tackle Brandon Mebane — out indefinitely.
Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Mebane suffered “a really legit” hamstring pull in the first half of a 38-17 win over the Giants Sunday.
Carroll said he did not have a specific timeline for when Mebane may be able to return, adding that he will be “out for a while.’’
Mebane, drafted out of California in 2007, is the longest-tenured Seahawk. Carroll said he was having perhaps his best season, a key reason the Seahawks rank fourth in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed at 79.8 per game.
Carroll said the team can get by with what it has on the roster. That means more snaps for Tony McDaniel, Kevin Williams and Jordan Hill. Newcomer Demarcus Dobbs, picked up last week on waivers from the 49ers, also could help out.
“We’ll see how that goes and what kind of play we are getting from the fellas and how it fits,’’ Carroll said. “… There’s nobody like Mebane. He’s a very unique player. I think he has had the best season he’s had since we’ve been here — most consistent, best factor. So that’s a big hit to take. But our guys that go in play good football, too, so we will expect them to play up and maintain the level.’’
Seattle (6-3) plays its next six games against teams with winning records, each of which won at least 10 games last season. Three of the first four are on the road, beginning Sunday at Kansas City.
• G James Carpenter is likely out again this week with a sprained ankle suffered against the Raiders. That means Alvin Bailey would get another start.
• TE Luke Willson has an ankle sprain similar to one he has recovered from quickly in the past, which Carroll said gives hope of a fast return. But he said it’s unclear if Willson can play this week. With Zach Miller also still out, that could leave the tight-end chores to Cooper Helfet and newly signed Tony Moeaki. Helfet is battling a sore knee but should play, Carroll said.
• LB Malcolm Smith should be able to practice this week and has a good chance to play Sunday.
• S Kam Chancellor is expected back against the Chiefs after missing the last two games with a groin injury.