Max Unger expected to miss 3-4 weeks with high-ankle sprain

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The Seattle Seahawks will likely be without starting center Max Unger for most of the next month after suffering a high-ankle sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Unger had just returned to the lineup the previous week against the New York Giants after missing four games with a sprained foot.

Unger got rolled up on from behind and had to be carted from the field in Kansas City on Sunday. Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday suffered a high-ankle sprain and twisted his knee on the play. The knee injury doesn’t appear to be as problematic as the ankle injury at this point but Unger is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

“We have to wait and see how he responds. High ankle sprains are all different,” Carroll said. “…Max hasn’t had one of these before so it’s the first time through it and he’ll have to figure it out as we go. It’s a second degree sprain so it’s legit and we have to take care of him.”

Seattle will have to add another center to their roster. Patrick Lewis is currently the only healthy center on the team.

The Seahawks could bring back a familiar face in Lemuel Jeanpierre to fill the void.

Seattle placed Jeanpierre on injured reserve with a neck injury in September and released him with an injury settlement. Due to league rules, Jeanpierre wasn’t eligible to re-sign with the Seahawks until this week. He’s been a free agent to the rest of the league for the last six weeks and has been on at least four visits to other teams.

Jeanpierre had served as Unger’s backup the last three seasons and started eight games over that span.

12 responses to “Max Unger expected to miss 3-4 weeks with high-ankle sprain

  1. Sucks to see Unger go down. Lewis has actually done decently for a 4th string center but it would be so nice to see JeanPierre back! I think LJP is starter material.

  2. With the loss of Unger we go from our starting center to our 4th string center. That’s a big drop off.

    Does anyone know if Lemuel Jeanpierre is healthy? I thought he was out with a neck injury.

  3. Apparently winning the SB means the following year your roster is depleted with injuries. The hits keep on coming, but good teams rise above.

  4. That’s a big loss but they are lucky he didn’t tear an ACL and be out for the season, I watched the game and that injury looked baaaad. Also seemed to screw up Seattle’s offensive tempo, because they had a nice rhythm going on in the second half. I thought they were going to come back for the win but then he got injured.

  5. The running game isn’t the same without Max Unger. It is vital that the Seahawks sign Lemuel Jean-Pierre because he is a decent fill-in. I have seen enough from Patrick Lewis to realize why he was on the Jaguars practice squad.

  6. Oh man, I thought Unger was headed to IR for sure, so this is great news.

    Also equally great that we can re-sign Jeanpierre. He’s no Unger but he got a few starts last year and he’s been in the Seattle ZBS system for 3 years.

  7. Their schedule for the next five weeks is:

    vs. Arizona
    at San Francisco
    at Philadelphia
    vs. San Francisco
    at Arizona

    Brutal … but with the “right” wins >> meaning take both against SF, plus hold serve at home (vs. AZ, and STL in the last game) they can knock SF out and still be in it for a wildcard.

    My $0.02: I would like to see them come to Lambeau for the NFC Championship Game …

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