The Seahawks beat the Jets on Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive, but they did see one of their top defensive players leave the game with an injury.
While making a tackle near the sideline, linebacker Jordyn Brooks went down with a knee injury. Brooks was checked out by trainers and eventually carted back to the locker room, and was quickly ruled out of the game.
Asked about the injury after the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the severity won't be known until Brooks has an MRI.
"I don't know yet," Carroll said. "He's going to get imaging now. He hurt his knee. We don't know any specifics right now, we'll keep our fingers crossed."
Receiver Tyler Lockett, who was coming back from a one-game absence due to a fractured hand, left the game late in the second quarter, then stayed in the locker room to start the second half, but that ended up being due to a leg injury, not an issue with his surgically repaired hand. Lockett was able to return the game briefly, then the Seahawks pulled him again after taking a three-score lead late in the game.
"Tyler got banged on his right lower leg, and it just bothered him," Carroll said. "He tried to get warm, tried to get loose and stayed in (the locker room) to do that, then he came back and got out there and got out there on the field again, so he could do it. Then at the very end we held him out knowing that next week's coming up and all that."
As for the hand injury, which occurred in Seattle's Week 15 loss to the 49ers, leading to surgery, Carroll said there were no issues for Lockett, who was playing less than two weeks removed from an operation to put a metal plate and screws in his hand.
"No issue," Carroll said. "Which is an amazing statement in itself. I tried to not talk about it going into the game, but his attitude has just been unbelievable."
Carroll then corrected himself, saying, "Nah, nah, his attitude has been believable, it's been Tyler-like. Fantastic approach, 'I'm playing, and nothing is going to stop me.' If you guys see what he's got in his hand, you'd be really impressed at how he did that."
Guard Phil Haynes, who has split time at right guard with Gabe Jackson for much of the season, left with an ankle injury.
"He sprained his ankle," Carroll said… "It's legitimately a sprain ankle, so we'll see."
Carroll said "there's a good chance" that right tackle Abraham Lucas can return next week after being out with a knee injury, and also praised the play of Stone Forsythe starting in Lucas' place. Carroll said they don't yet know if safety Ryan Neal, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury, will make it back next week.
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