Damien Lewis of Seattle Seahawks chartered outfield with ankle injury; X-rays negative – ESPN

Damien Lewis of Seattle Seahawks chartered outfield with ankle injury;  X-rays negative - ESPN

SEATTLE — Seahawks starting left guard Damien Lewis left Lumen Field on the back of a stretcher after suffering a lateral ankle sprain during Thursday night’s 27-11 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears.

Head coach Pete Carroll said X-rays came back negative, adding, “We’re very, very lucky there.”

“He was upbeat about it,” Carroll said. “Maybe surprised by the results, but we’re also thrilled about it.”

Carroll said he still doesn’t know if Lewis will be available for Seattle’s Sept. 12 opener against the Denver Broncos.

Lewis went down in the second quarter as a defensive lineman Angelo Blackson accidentally rolled onto him from behind while handling DeeJay Dallas. Lewis’ right leg was put in an air cast when he was carted off the field, and he was ruled out for the rest of the game.

A third-round pick out of LSU in 2020, Lewis was a returning starter on an offensive line that added left tackle. Charles Cross in the draft with the ninth overall pick as well as center Austin Blythe in free agency. Seattle also drafted Abe Lucas in the third round to compete at right tackle. Lewis drew a strong review of Carroll earlier this summer. He was preparing for his third season as a starter and his second at left guard after playing right guard as a rookie.

Phil Haynes replaced Lewis on Thursday night. Carroll said earlier in training camp that Haynes had a strong enough summer to “push” a veteran Gabe Jackson on the right side, and that Haynes gave them what Carroll considered three starting-caliber guards.

Carroll said quarterback Gene Smithwhich was before Drew Lock in the battle to replace Russell Wilson, suffered a right knee contusion on a first-quarter scrimmage and could have played in the third quarter if needed. Smith watched much of the second half with an ice pack on his knee.

With Lock sidelined with COVID-19 for what would have been his first start of the summer, Smith played the entire first half and finished 10-of-18 for 112 yards.

The six full drives that Smith led, not counting a final possession in the closing seconds of the half, ended with five punts and a missed 47-yard field goal. Three of Smith’s incompletions were drops, a theme for the second week in a row.

“He did well,” Carroll said. “We needed to come through. We needed to help him out a little bit. We needed to make the plays around him, but we missed the block on the screen, and we missed the third-down conversion, and there’s another one there. He’s. good running the show. He’s doing well. He got out of the pocket when he needed to and threw some really good balls that could have been converted. We’ve got to come for him. Our receivers have got to make the plays. for him.”

Seattle had planned to start Lock on Thursday night, but he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday after feeling unwell during practice. Carroll said Lock was still “really sick” as of Thursday morning and that no decision had been made on a starter for Seattle’s preseason finale at Dallas next Friday.

“It’s disappointing he didn’t get a chance to play tonight,” Carroll said. “We had another plan for tonight and we couldn’t execute it. Couldn’t do anything about it. That’s why I’m still curious to see how he plays with us. Yes, I am. He’s done enough. good things. He’s got some real stuff to him and some real exciting skill and playmaking that you’ll see when he finally gets his opportunities. Just disappointed we didn’t get to see more of it tonight.”

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