After having a much closer game than they had hoped on Monday, the Seattle Seahawks were informed of even worse news on Tuesday. Sidney Rice, one of the main targets for Russell Wilson, will miss the remainder of the year with a torn ACL. Third on the team in receptions, Rice was injured in the second quarter of Seattle’s 14-9 win over St. Louis on Monday night. On a first-and-goal play from the St. Louis 9-yard line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tried to hit Rice in the end zone. Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins made a play on the ball and afterward, Rice was slow to get up.
An MRI revealed a torn ligament that will keep him out for the rest of this season. Keep in mind that Rice had knee surgery earlier this year, when he went to Switzerland for a platelet-rich plasma treatment.
After Rice went out, the Seahawks were unable to move the ball and had a season low with 135 total yards. Even if they have one of the most touted defenses in the leagues, this simply isn’t good enough if the Seahawks look to continue their dominance in the NFC. With the trade deadline passing this week, the Seahawks won’t be able to look to a trade to help them out. However, they will get Percy Harvin back in the coming weeks. Harvin has yet to play this year due to hip surgery, but has game changing speed and playmaking ability once he gets on the field.
Through the first eight weeks of the season, Rice has been the Seahawks third leading receiver with 231 yards, trailing Doug Baldwin (372) and Golden Tate (439).
We’ll keep an eye on the receiving situation in Seattle and whether or not Russell Wilson can make the most of the options he has available.