There's never a shortage of tough guy awards to hand out at the conclusion of an NFL season. The Seahawks have plenty of worthy candidates this year.
Jadeveon Clowney battled through a painful core injury for the better part of two months and will get surgery in the next few days to fix it. Duane Brown returned from knee surgery after less than three full weeks in order to play in the Divisional Round against the Packers.
But there's (at least) one other Seahawks player who deserves a ton of credit for battling through injury. That's Joey Hunt.
Hunt shared with NBC Sports Northwest that he'd been playing through a stress fracture in his fibula since Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hunt started 10 games at center in 2019 after taking over for Justin Britt (torn ACL) in Week 8. That means he was dealing with the injury for nearly all of his time in the lineup. Hunt played well all things considered, especially when you take this injury into consideration that undoubtedly impacted his sets in pass protection.
Additionally, Hunt played through a dislocated middle finger on his right hand on Sunday against the Packers. That injury took place on Seattle's second offensive snap of the game. He said his finger was pointing sideways, and he had to go to the sideline to get it put back into place. That was the reason for his one-play absence on Seattle's first drive. Hunt shared that the finger kept falling out of place during the game, and he had to use his left hand to continually reset it throughout the night.
Hunt expressed optimism that neither injury will require surgery. He's set to get additional imaging on both in the coming days. The goal is that rest is all he'll need in order to get back to 100 percent.
Hunt is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this offseason.