The injuries continue to pile up for the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Pete Carroll announced during his Monday press conference that offensive guard Robert Gallery needs groin surgery and will miss four to six weeks.
Gallery missed the opening game of the season at San Francisco with a sprained right knee, but practiced fully last week and made it through the Pittsburgh game.
However, Carroll said the groin injury had been giving Gallery trouble since training camp, and finally got to the point where the 31-year-old lineman needed to get it fixed.
Carroll said he believes the injury is not season ending, and does not expect to place Gallery on the injured reserve list.
Carroll said he plans on keeping James Carpenter at right tackle because he’s playing well there -- one of his best games of the six he's played in so far according to Carroll -- so Paul McQuistan will get the nod at left guard.
It’s familiar duty for the six-year pro out of Weber State, who backed up Gallery while with the Raiders.
With McQuistan likely starting against Arizona on Sunday, the Seahawks will start their third different starting offensive line combination in three weeks.
Carroll also said receiver Sidney Rice is expected to practice this week in anticipation of playing on Sunday. He said that Rice’s injury is similar to what Ben Obomanu played with last year.
“We can’t count on him until he can make it through the week,” Carroll said. “So we’ll see how that works out. But he’s determined. And what he’s gone through at this point has been pretty rigorous to demonstrate that he’s okay to at least go to this next level.”
Obomanu separated his shoulder in the NFC Wildcard game against New Orleans, but came back in the second half and played. Obomanu also played a week later against Chicago.
Carroll would not give us a timetable on the return of fullback Michael Robinson, cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) or linebacker Malcolm Smith, saying coyly that two of those three could be back.