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Seahawks Fear ACL Injury For Center Justin Britt

Seahawks center Justin Britt left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, and early indications are that it is a significant injury.


ATLANTA—The Seahawks lost center Justin Britt early in Sunday's game to a knee injury, and while further tests are coming, the early indication is that he has an ACL injury, which would be a significant blow for Seattle's offensive line.  

"Unfortunately Justin Britt hurt his knee, and we'll know more, but it looks like he's got something that's going to keep him out," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after his team's 27-20 win over the Falcons. "We'll see what happens."

Asked if the injury is season-ending, Carroll said, "Let's wait and see, but it looks like an ACL. Acts like it."

While losing Britt would obviously be bad news for the Seahawks, the team does have a lot of confidence in backup center Joey Hunt, who started two games for Britt last season and one as a rookie in 2016.

"Joey did really well," Carroll said. "Joey has always done well when he plays. He absolutely knows our stuff cold, he's a great communicator. He's different, totally different style player and athlete and all that but he's always gets the job done and he will. He'll do a fine job for us."

The Seahawks rotated several players in throughout the game, including Jamarco Jones for Mike Iupati at left guard, George Fant for Duane Brown at left tackle, and Cody Barton for K.J. Wright at weakside linebacker, but Carroll said those moves were not injury related. 

"Guys are just deserving an opportunity to get in the game," Carroll said. "And if we have a chance to not overwork guys, we're trying to do that. It's a long haul. Just halfway through, so just trying to make good decisions to get that done."

Britt's was the only new injury reported by Carroll after the game. On cornerback Tre Flowers, who was inactive due to a neck injury, Carroll said, "He had a stinger in the game last week. He practiced all week long, but he didn't hit, we kept him from hitting anybody. Just didn't feel like we could put him out there. He wasn't quite ready yet. Physically he can run around and do everything, but we just didn't want to put him where he might get hit again. If we could get by, we did. I should mention that Akeem (King) played and Neiko (Thorpe) played and got the job done out there."