Seahawks lose Bruce Irvin, Marquise Blair for season to ACL injuries


Seattle Seahawks v Atlanta Falcons

Seattle Seahawks v Atlanta Falcons

Linebacker Bruce Irvin and defensive back Marquise Blair have both been lost for the season after sustaining torn ACLs in Sunday night's 35-30 win over the New England Patriots.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Monday that both Irvin and Blair will need surgery to address their injuries and will be out for the rest of the year.

"Really a big blow," Carroll said. "I know a lot of teams lost players this weekend. We certainly felt it with both of those guys. Both those guys have a lot to offer your team in their attitude and approach and style of play. And so it will be difficult to replace those guys."

Blair was injured in the second quarter when linebacker K.J. Wright dove into his leg as he tried to help finish off a tackle on Patriots running back Sony Michel.

Irvin went down in the fourth quarter as his leg buckled on its own as he tried to rush Cam Newton against left tackle Mike Onwenu.

"We're gonna miss those guys and feel terrible for them," Carroll said. "One guy at the start of his career. Another that has been through a lot of stuff in Bruce coming back around to us. Was really great to have him back.

Carroll said that rookie Alton Robinson will be active and make his debut this week as the team looks to fill the vacancy of Irvin in their pass rush groupings. Ugo Amadi will be the leading candidate to take over the nickelback duties Blair had stepped into this season.

Left tackle Duane Brown left the game briefly after the second offensive snap as left guard Mike Iupati fell onto his right ankle during a run play. He missed roughly a series with Jamarco Jones serving as replacement before re-entering the game and finishing off the night.

"I don't know what the extent of the injury is but he had a sore foot coming out of the game," Carroll said.

Tre Flowers, Jamal Adams and a third player Carroll couldn't recall all had dislocated fingers in the game but are all fine.

Three players missed the game due to injuries and have varying timelines for their return to field.

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett's ongoing foot injury will need some down time in order to get him back in the fold. He's missed the first two games due to the issue and has been a frequent absence from practice dating back to the preseason because of it.

"We're looking to figure how to work this out," Dorsett said. "We need to give him a break to make sure that his foot is healed and back. He tried to get back this week to play in this past game and couldn't do it. So we have to give him more time than that. We have to consider what we're doing with that. I will let you know more when we have it figured out."

Options for Dorsett would include a stay on the injured reserve list, which in the 2020 season would mean an absence of only three weeks. Also, there isn't a limit on the number of players that can return from the list this season either.

Backup tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is set to be available this week after missing the first two games due to a pectoral injury. Defensive end Rasheem Green will be re-evaluated on Wednesday to see where he's at and if he can make it back to play this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. He sustained a stinger in the season opener in Atlanta.

Photo Credit: ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 27: Marquise Blair #27 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a missed field goal attempt by Matt Bryant #3 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)