SEATTLE – If the Seahawks are going to reverse their latest slide in time to make the playoffs, they will likely have to do it without Tyler Lockett.
Seattle’s leading receiver broke a bone in his index finger late in the team’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. The team is still trying to determine the best course of action, coach Pete Carroll said, and it could be Lockett’s surgery in hopes of returning at some point this season.
Carroll said the injury is a spiral crack and that it’s “very similar” to a break in running back Rashad Penny in 2018 in training camp. Penny suffered the injury on Aug. 13, had surgery two days later, and returned to the Seahawks in September. 9 openers.
Carroll said Lockett believes he can return in two weeks.
“There are a few different ways they can do the surgery,” Carroll said. “One of the ways gives him a chance to come back. Remember Rashad Penny…had a similar injury, very similar. So they’ve already thought about it and they’re going to talk about all the options and all that and we’re going to love him and take care of him. We will do whatever is right to take care of him.”
Carroll said Lockett will need surgery at some point, but wouldn’t confirm it would be immediate, saying the receiver is “not really fired up” about that option.
The Seahawks also lost nose tackle Brian Mohn to what Carroll called a “significant” ACL injury. He did not have an update on quarterback Jordyn Brooks, who left the game in the second half with a sore neck.
Carroll said Lockett was injured in the last Seattle drive. He finished with seven catches for 68 yards, snapping his franchise-record streak of six consecutive games with a touchdown reception. He leads the Seahawks with 964 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, while his 78 catches are one behind D.C. From Metcalfe.
Lockett, 30, has missed just two games in eight NFL seasons, one with a broken leg late in 2016 and another with COVID-19 last year.
“I can’t fathom playing without Tyler,” Carroll said. “I got a chance to hang out with him, just to try to express what it’s like to work with a guy like that for so long. He is such an incredible player. He is not in tremendous pain. His arm is broken. Do you feel? Sorry for him, but he’s such a great footballer and a member of the team, a member of the community, our area and our fans…
Lockett is in his first season as an offensive captain.
“It’s wrong,” said safety Quandre Diggs, one of Lockett’s closest friends with the Seahawks. “Especially a guy like that gives it his all. What he does for the organization, what he does for this team, he’s one of the vocal leaders, he’s a captain for a reason. He’s been doing it for a long time. He’s someone I have a lot of respect for. Of course I will be by his side.”
Lockett’s absence will push veteran Marquise Goodwin from the No. 3 spot to the No. 2 role behind Metcalf. Carroll said sophomore wide receiver Dee Eskridge is close to returning from a broken hand that landed him on injured reserve. He is eligible to return next week.
The 49ers’ win clinched the NFC West and handed the Seahawks their fourth loss in five games after a 6-3 start. They are currently one spot out of the NFC playoff standings, trailing the Washington Commanders (7-5-1) and New York Giants (7-5-1) in the wild-card slot. :