Report: Luke Joeckel to play Sunday, have knee surgery during bye week

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The Seahawks will have a bye week after facing the Rams this Sunday and one of their starting offensive linemen will reportedly be using it to address a knee problem.

Left guard Luke Joeckel missed Wednesday’s practice because of that knee problem and Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Joeckel is expected to have surgery after playing against the Rams. If that’s what happens, Garafolo reports that it should be a “short absence” for Joeckel, although it’s not clear if that would include missing their Week Seven game against the Giants.

Joeckel signed with the Seahawks as a free agent this offseason and got a good review of his early work from offensive line coach Tom Cable this week.

“Yeah, very consistent,” Cable said, via the Seattle Times. “Obviously, his experience, I think his wisdom, that he’s grown playing tackle and some guard a year ago, has really paid off. You see him working well with [center] Justin [Britt], working well with [left tackle] Rees [Odhiambo], and I just think his level of consistency is very high right now.”

Odhiambo, who is set to play Sunday after injuring his chest last week, stepped into the starting lineup after George Fant tore his ACL in the preseason and Oday Aboushi recently moved into the starting lineup at right guard.

4 responses to “Report: Luke Joeckel to play Sunday, have knee surgery during bye week

  1. Too many eggs in one basket on defense and we haven’t drafted well for the offensive line. I know Schneider doesn’t want to “overpay” for free agents but he could’ve had Whitworth or Lang if he wanted them and he’s failing in the draft to identify line talent. They’re wasting Wilson and maybe shortening his career.

  2. Absolutely. Having Whitworth as a one year rental as LT would have been a brilliant move. TJ Lang would have been icing on the cake for the seahawks.

    But they LOVE Fant. Of course, given his limited playing time…I’m not quite so sure.
    And he has been hurt a lot before the ACL.

    Given the state of the defense and salary cap concerns, a one year rental on Whitworth would have been much better. The Rams gain is the Seahawks loss.

  3. One year rental for Whitworth? He would have been their best O lineman since Jones. Should have given him a 2-3 year for 11 per with 70% guaranteed. Or….better yet, fire the whole offensive staff and quit trying to make apple pie with pine cones.

  4. On an unrelated note…ESPN absolutely targeting and deriding UW and Peterson before and during the game last night was pathetic and violated almost every aspect of journalistic integrity there is. Seriously, what the hell was that?

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