The Seahawks already had a questionable pass rush. Now that group is even thinner after Bruce Irvin suffered a knee injury late in the fourth quarter of Seattle's Week 2 win against the Patriots.
Adam Schefter has reported that the fear is Irvin will be done for the season with a torn ACL.
Irvin was able to gingerly walk off the field, and he even tweeted "I'm good" after the game. That post gave fans hope that maybe he'd been spared from the worst-case scenario.
His return to Seattle was one of the feel-good stories of the offseason. Irvin signed a one-year, $6 million deal as the team's key acquisition in order to improve the team's feeble pass rush. In two games, Irvin posted five tackles and three quarterback hits, but he failed to get a sack.
The Seahawks are going to be left scrambling a bit to replace Irvin. Seattle is also without second-round pick Darrell Taylor for at least three more games. Alton Robinson, who has been a healthy inactive for the first two games, will almost assuredly make his NFL debut in Week 3 against the Cowboys. Shaquem Griffin may also get promoted from the practice squad.
But it feels inevitable that the Seahawks add a veteran as well. Clay Matthews was rumored to be in talks with Seattle this offseason. Cameron Wake and Jabaal Sheard are also free agentss. Ryan Kerrigan is a possible trade candidate as Washington could be convinced to move him for draft capital.
The reality is that Seattle has a Super Bowl-caliber offense with a pass rush that is a growing liability. Thus, the Seahawks will have some tough decisions to make this week as to how they plan to address what continues to be the biggest deficiency on the roster.
Seattle has just 3.0 sacks through two games, but Adams has accounted for two of those. The Seahawks rarely got pressure without blitzing against the Patriots on Sunday.
"We struggled," Carroll said of the pass rush postgame. "They did a nice job against us. They're historically a really good pass pro team. That means both teams were good pass pro teams in the first two games. We've got to be creative. We've got to work more stuff to help those guys out. They're trying like crazy. We'll see. Let me watch the film."
This storyline has followed the Seahawks for more than a year, and the microscope will be on the pass rush once again this week.