Meet this week’s Rams opponent: Seattle Seahawks
By Rich Hammond
Seattle coach Pete Carroll is known for his sideline strut, but the Seahawks will limp into the Coliseum. The Rams’ opponent this week is banged up and could be without as many as four starters.
Running back Chris Carson broke his ankle last Sunday against Indianapolis and might be lost for the season. Offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo briefly had to be hospitalized because of a bruised sternum, while defensive end Cliff Avril (neck) and cornerback Jeremy Lane (groin) are questionable.
That’s a big set of losses for any team, but there’s a reason the Seahawks have won the NFC West three of the past four seasons: they have plenty of depth on both sides of the ball.
Thomas Rawls, who averaged 5.6 yards per carry in 2015 before a run of injuries, seems poised to step in for Carson, and Seattle also has J.D. McKissic, who scored two touchdowns against the Colts.
At cornerback, Justin Coleman and rookie Shaquill Griffin filled in for Lane, and Coleman returned an interception for a touchdown. The Seahawks also made a shrewd move this week when they plucked defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson off the Rams’ practice squad.
The scariest loss was that of Odhiambo, who finished the game even though he got elbowed in the chest during the third quarter. After the game, Odhiambo told teammates and coaches that he was having difficulty breathing, and was placed on a stretcher in the locker room by medical personnel.
“He just sucked it,” Coach Pete Carroll said, “and it kind of caught up with him after the game when he started to calm down when all of the adrenaline wasn’t pumping and all. It was a really good effort by him to hang tough and play a good football game like that.”
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