The Seattle Seahawks have some high expectations going into this season. They also have a number of injuries right now, and the total is starting to be a bit alarming.
Percy Harvin is out for the foreseeable future and could be lost for the entire season. Cliff Avril is reportedly out for another two weeks. Zach Miller has been nursing a sore foot. Fresh off his solid performance against the San Diego Chargers, Christine Michael is suffering from back spasms.
Then there is the ongoing saga of James Carpenter, who has struggled to stay healthy for the bulk of his short career. One has to assume that fans have low expectations when it comes to Carpenter’s potential impact this year.
Obviously football is a violent sport, and injuries are part of the game. However, this could quickly become a problem if the ‘Hawks lose more players at key positions. Seattle is arguably one of the deeper teams in the league, but that depth can quickly get a bit thin if certain impact players are lost for significant periods of time.
This may be the biggest factor that could derail a talented Seahawks team that has their sights set on the Super Bowl. Once the season starts, there isn’t a lot that an NFL team can do if their key players get hurt. Trades can certainly be made, but this isn’t baseball or basketball. A successful NFL team needs to start healthy and largely stay healthy if they are going to compete.
Hopefully, some of these injuries will clear up before the first game of the season. This is particularly true for a defense that will not have Bruce Irvin for four games and may not have Chris Clemons to start the season.
Talent is great, but ability doesn’t matter if the players are unable to stay on the field.