Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said this morning in an interview with Mitch Levy of KJR-AM radio that starting center Chris Spencer suffered a torn left quadriceps and likely will be out four to six weeks, meaning he will miss the team’s regular-season opener against the Saint Louis Rams on Sept. 13
Spencer injured his leg during the end of the first half against the Denver Broncos on Saturday. Spencer earlier had sprained his right ankle during training camp, missing a three days during camp before coming back to start in the team’s first preseason game at San Diego.
Entering his sixth season, Spencer, 27, has struggled with injuries during his tenure with the Seahawks. He had shoulder surgery in 2006, and missed five games last season due to an ailing back, finished 2008 on the injured reserve.
Spencer will be a free agent at the end of this season.
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With Spencer out, the team could go with Steve Vallos, who started five games at center last season for Spencer. The team also could use Max Unger, a rookie from the University of Oregon drafted in the second round. Unger considers center his best position center and could be groomed as the team’s center of the future.