Riding a wave of momentum with three consecutive wins, the Seattle Seahawks climbed into the fifth spot in the NFC after a 43-16 beatdown against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
But the Seahawks latest victory could prove to be a costly one, as coach Pete Carroll threw out the dreaded “legitimate” tag as he described starting right guard D.J. Fluker’s latest injury.
Fluker, who has been instrumental part of Seattle’s resurgence running the football this season, had to be helped to the sideline in the second half with a hamstring injury. After spending time in the team’s medical tent, he was carted off the field and did not return, leaving his status in limbo.
Speaking on his weekly Monday radio show on ESPN710, Carroll didn’t have much new information on Fluker, though he reiterated it was a significant injury.
“We’ve got to figure out what that means. We don’t know [yet].” Carroll said. “He’s just coming out of testing by early afternoon today, so we don’t know until then.”
Fluker missed the first two games of the regular season with a different hamstring injury and based on his reaction on the field, he’ll likely be out at least a few weeks, if not more. Since making his season debut in Week 3, the Seahawks have rushed for over 150 yards in seven of the past eight games that he's started.
If Fluker isn’t available to play next Monday night against the Vikings, the Seahawks have great confidence in reserve guard Jordan Simmons as his replacement. Undrafted out of USC, the second-year lineman played admirably in a spot start replacing Fluker last month and Carroll felt he played well replacing him on Sunday.
“By the way, Jordan [Simmons] did a nice job when he came in. He’s done a nice job, he played well against the Rams and we’re anxious to let him have that opportunity to fill in.”
Simmons, who Seattle claimed off waivers prior to the start of the regular season, helped pave the way for the Seahawks to rush for 273 yards in Los Angeles on November 11. Weighing in at what Carroll coined as a “svelte” 338 pounds, he offers a similar body type and playing style to Fluker, which should help the team overcome Fluker’s absence.