RENTON – Seattle Seahawks guard John Moffitt suffered an elbow injury, and will not play in today’s game against Tennessee, coach Pete Carroll said.
Moffitt will have surgery to remove loose particles in his elbow, and is expected to be out two to three weeks, Carroll said.
However, Carroll said he’s hopeful Moffitt will be back in time for the regular-season opener Sept. 9 at Arizona.
“We’ve just got to take care of business, and that’s why we’re acting on it as quickly as possible,” Carroll said. “We had no lead into this at all – just that his elbow got sore. It wasn’t an injury.
“It just got sore from the work, and then it got a little bit worse the next day and they decided to take a good look at it, and they saw that he had some old stuff in there.”
Moffitt, a third-round draft choice by Seattle in 2011, is going through his second significant injury since joining the Seahawks. Moffitt finished last season on the injured reserve list after suffering tears in the medial and posterior collateral ligaments in his left knee against Baltimore on Nov. 13 and needing surgery.
With Moffitt out, Deuce Lutui will start at right guard. However, Carroll said rookies J.R. Sweezy and Rishaw Johnson will get opportunities to earn playing time a right guard as well.
“I’m anxious to see how he does,” Carroll said about Lutui. “His attitude that he brings and his experience would really be nice to have on our line.”email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams