One step forward. One step back.
That has been the story of the Seahawks’ season, as well as the situation with a wide receiver group that has been ravaged by injuries.
“Everything went really well and it should be able to have a really good recovery,” coach Pete Carroll said Monday during his day-after Q&A session. “We’re still thinking about him. He’ll be back in a couple of days. He’ll stay down there until he can get a good recovery started.”
Carroll labeled the injury “a very serious break,” but said it was not a compound fracture.
“It was able to go right back together nicely,” he said. “It’s a real intricate surgery, of course, but they were really pleased with the results of it.”
Butler will be placed on injured reserve and miss the team’s final three games, starting with this week’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons at Qwest Field.
But leading receiver
“Both those guys will practice this week,” Carroll said. “Ben we’ll take care of as long as we can, as far as not hitting his hand. But he’ll be out running around.
“Mike is going to start up Wednesday and be ready to go.”
Butler, of course, will not. He was injured while catching a 2-yard touchdown pass with 1:55 left in the game. After being down on the field in the end zone, he was taken to the locker room on a cart and later transported to the hospital.
Fellow wide receiver
“You could see there was something sticking out of his leg, so it didn’t look so good,” Martin said after the game. “It was one of those things when you see one of your teammates in a situation and you can’t do anything. He just looked at me and goes, ‘My leg.’ All I could do was just give him my hand and say a prayer for him and try and comfort him as much as I could.”
Offered running back
Butler, a third-round draft choice last year, started seven games this season. He ranks second on the team with 36 receptions and shares the lead with four touchdown catches.
The team also should get slot receiver
“I think he’s OK,” Carroll said. “We’re going to be quiet on him the first couple days of the week. He didn’t injure himself. He felt a little tightness and that was it.”
But injuries at the receiver position have been costly for the Seahawks, and played into their inconsistent efforts.
“Most significantly when we were really counting on Ben coming along, and he was doing a good job. And Mike was finding some momentum. Now both those guys go down,” Carroll said.
“Those guys were becoming significant roles on this football team, and we’re exciting about it. We’ll see what the difference is. If they both get back this week, it might be interesting to see if they can have an effect on us a little bit and help the QB and the throwing game and all that.”