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Tubbs' injury brings misery to Seahawks

Tubbs' injury brings misery to Seahawks

Marcus Tubbs wanted to get up.
He tried to ignore the pain in his right knee and get to his feet and show that his season was not going to end before it even began.
The right knee is his good one, after all. At least it was. So Tubbs tried to get up. He got to one knee, stopped and rolled over on the ground, then tried again.
He got to his feet on his third attempt, and that's when his right knee buckled. For a moment, so did the Seahawks' defense.
The Seahawks beat the Raiders 19-14, but the game meant nothing. That first-quarter play meant everything. At least for Tubbs.
He's the biggest player on Seattle's defense and the biggest difference against the run last season. The Seahawks gave up an average of 82 yards on the ground in the five games he played last season, 147.2 in the 11 he didn't.
The big man spent the past nine months recovering from surgery to his left knee and now his right one gave out on him with 3:58 left in the first quarter. The defensive tackle hung his head and limped toward the Seahawks sideline, a most meaningful injury in an otherwise meaningless game.
Sprained ligament
While trainers examined his knee on the sideline, Tubbs held his hands against his forehead. He was driven to the locker room on a cart. The injury was announced as a sprained ligament. More tests will determine whether the 2004 first-round pick, who has yet to stay healthy for a 16-game season, will get a chance to start this one.
The Seahawks were supposed to coast into the season. That was the plan for this final exhibition game against Oakland. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck got the night off. Shaun Alexander, too, and nine of the Seahawks' 11 scheduled starters on defense suited up but did not play.
Tubbs needed to work himself into shape for the season, though, playing in his second exhibition game this year. He began training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, continuing his comeback from the operation that cost him most of last season.
He missed the first three games of last season before he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He missed one game, came back and played two games before the knee swelled again. This time the remedy was more serious - a surgery where tiny holes are drilled in bones adjoining the knee in hopes of stimulating cartilage growth.
The Seahawks drafted defensive tackle Brandon Mebane from California as a run-stuffer, but Tubbs' remained the Seahawks' best big body, a 318-pound cork to plug the gaps at the line of scrimmage while sucking up blockers, two at a time.
The regular season is more than a week away, but the Seahawks might have suffered their first loss in a season when the defense better have broad shoulders. It must carry a load.


Updated : 2021-05-14 07:00 GMT+08:00