Seahawks confirm George Fant needs ACL surgery

AP

The Seahawks need to find a new left tackle.

George Fant, who was carted off the field during Friday night’s game against the Vikings, has to have ACL surgery, coach Pete Carroll said.

“Really broken-hearted about George Fant getting hurt,” Carroll said. “Just unfortunate. He’s done so much, come so far and everybody’s cheering for him and rooting for him all along. He’s going to be in trouble getting back this season. He’s got a knee injury that’s going to require surgery, unfortunately. Kinda takes a little something out of it for everybody.”

Although the Seahawks haven’t said Fant is out for the year, that’s almost always the case with ACL surgery.

A former college basketball player, Fant signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent last year and became their starting left tackle despite having very little football experience. The Seahawks thought he had the potential to keep improving and bolster their shaky line this season, but now it appears that he won’t play at all this season.

33 responses to “Seahawks confirm George Fant needs ACL surgery

  1. Pete: Someone get me Walter Jones’s number.
    But Pete he’s been out of the league like almost 10 years.
    Pete: I don’t care, he’s till better than anyone on the team or any free agent out there.

  2. The shaky line just got weaker? – there goes the hopes of getting Wilson to develop a little more quality time in the pocket!

  3. injuries stink——not only is it devastating for the player but also for the team.
    Would like to see rosters expanded. Would also like to see a team be able to designate players to an unlimited short term injury list which would not count against the 53 man limit until the player is reactivated (which is basically the system that MLB uses).

  4. @ redclaw1314

    The reason that the rule regarding IR being permanent, then, changed to designated to return, was because an un-named team which has won multiple SBs was stashing uninjured players on IR weekly, then re-activating them after the games, then relisting them before the next game.

  5. Trying to spent as little as possible on the O line is one of the worst decisions the Carroll-Schneider management team has ever made. Russell Okung allowed the fewest sacks of any left tackle in the league during his stay in Seattle. They allowed him to walk and they have to settle for an ex-basketball player for the position, without any backup. Smart, very smart.

  6. They’ll wait for the cardinals first round of rejects and pick him up and slide him right into the starting job.

  7. Okung was great for 6 or 7 games a year when he wasn’t hurt.

    Trying to spent as little as possible on the O line is one of the worst decisions the Carroll-Schneider management team has ever made. Russell Okung allowed the fewest sacks of any left tackle in the league during his stay in Seattle. They allowed him to walk and they have to settle for an ex-basketball player for the position, without any backup. Smart, very smart.

  8. I hope Fant makes full recovery. That looked like a nasty injury.

    As a Cardinals fan, I can tell you that a long-term strategy of refusing to invest in the offensive line will almost certainly lead to mediocrity. That was the first thing Steve Keim changed when he took the helm at the GM job.

  9. I am sad to hear it. I really like this kid. Before last year he essentially hadn’t played football since 8th grade. No, he wouldn’t start on many other teams, but I really enjoy watching him work. Some 9f the best linemen footwork I have seen since Walter Jones. I hope he comes back.

  10. Make America Fat Again says:
    August 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    I hope Fant makes full recovery. That looked like a nasty injury.

    As a Cardinals fan, I can tell you that a long-term strategy of refusing to invest in the offensive line will almost certainly lead to mediocrity. That was the first thing Steve Keim changed when he took the helm at the GM job.
    ——————————————-
    Where do people get refusing to invest in OL out of a developing left tackle tearing up his knee in pre season? If the Seahawks didn’t have a world class HOF defense, maybe they could dump 40 million into a quick fix Oline. They are working on it. I for one, hope Schneider makes a bold move to get another left tackle. It’s not the time to wing it, with all the other pieces in place to get to the super bowl.

  11. “Where do people get refusing to invest in OL out of a developing left tackle tearing up his knee in pre season?”

    Oh, probably from refusing to resign and/or trading all of their talented offensive linemen the past decade or so, and instead trying to convert players from defensive line into offensive linemen, or basketball players into left tackles, or going with retreads that were cut from other teams a la Bradley Sowell or Luke Joeckel. You said it yourself – he’s a developing left tackle. Why are they so reliant on a guy who is developing? Because the have nobody else to play the position.

    Also, they don’t have a world class HOF defense. They did in 2012, but it isn’t 2012 anymore. A world class HOF defense is the 1985 Bears, or 2001 Ravens. The Seahawks got torched by any team with a passing offense last season, with the Falcons and Cardinals and Packers as prime examples.

  12. wimpyburgers says:
    August 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm
    Seahawks fortunes this post-season ride on the success/failure of the O line

    Who says they will be playing in the post season? They have to make the post season first!

  13. tylawspick6 says:

    pete carroll = overrated

    always needed a loaded roster to prove his worth of being just a good
    coach

    never been great, never will be
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    He’s the one who built that “Loaded Roster.”

  14. Fant was not a star or anything. Cam Robinson looks much better. Should have drafted him. The Seahawks will simply slide Joekel out there where he belongs anyway and be better for it. Fant is a great athlete and had a chance to be a Jason Peters by year 3-4, but it wasn’t going to happen this year anyway. Brandon Albert makes sense as a veteran backup. Won’t make much difference in the end. All they need is to move the OL into the average category to win the Super Bowl anyway.

  15. To add insult to injury, the 49ers signed free agent tackle Garry Gilliam when Seattle refused to match the offer sheet of 1 year 2.2 million dollars. Gilliam played left tackle for Seattle in the past.

  16. pete carroll = overrated

    always needed a loaded roster to prove his worth of being just a good
    coach
    ======

    Built the best defense this side of the 1985 Bears.

    I this day and age of insane passing numbers and easy scoring, only an idiot would call that ‘overrated’

  17. Also, they don’t have a world class HOF defense. They did in 2012, but it isn’t 2012 anymore. A world class HOF defense is the 1985 Bears, or 2001 Ravens
    =====

    The 80s Bears went 6 consecutive seasons in the top 5 in scoring defense (’83-’88) but were #1 3 times. They went 5 seasons as the #1 or #2 defense in yards allowed (’84-’88)

    The Ravens had an excellent sustained run from 1999-2011

    Scoring D
    Top 10 11x
    Top 5 7x
    #1 twice

    Yards allowed
    Top 10 12 of 13 years
    Top 5 9x
    #1 once, #2 4x

    The Seahawks finished 4 consecutive seasons as the #1 scoring defense, 2012-2015. No team in the Super Bowl-era can make that claim.

    They have been top 5 in scoring D 5 consecutive years, top 10 in 6 strait. THey have the same mark in yards allowed.

    I’m not sure they can sustain their run. Only time will tell. But we also know the Ravens and Bears didn’t face offenses like the Seahawks are facing. The late-80s Bears would be ejected left and right for the punishment they inflicted on their opponents.

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