Banged-up Seahawks need Duane Brown back against Falcons
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks better hope http://www.cmslamp.com/ramon-foster-jersey-c-2_34.html Duane Brown's sprained ankle heals in a hurry.
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The status of Seattle's new left tackle was already going to be a big topic this week after he left Thursday night's injury-filled win over the Arizona Cardinals late in the second quarter and didn't return. But Brown's availability for next Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons looks even more important in light of what happened Sunday.
Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn sacked quarterback Dak Prescott six times in Atlanta's win over the Dallas Cowboys. That's tied for the second most in NFL history, one shy of the league record owned by Kansas City Chiefs great Derrick Thomas.
A brief history lesson: Thomas' seven-sack performance came in a 1990 game against the Seahawks, which Seattle actually won. On the final play from scrimmage, Dave Krieg escaped Thomas' grasp to avoid what would have been an eighth sack and hit Paul Skansi for a 25-yard touchdown pass as time expired to tie the score. Seattle then kicked an extra point for a 17-16 victory.
Back to Clayborn. Five of his six sacks came against backup left tackle Chaz Green, who was benched midway through the fourth quarter. Byron Bell replaced him and gave up Clayborn's sixth sack. Green was filling in for injured All-Pro Tyron Smith.
It's a position the Seahawks could find themselves in Monday night depending on how quickly Brown can recover. Matt Tobin replaced him against Arizona and, predictably, had a hard time blocking Chandler Jones. Rees Odhiambo, who started the first seven games before the Seahawks acquired Brown, was unavailable after being put on injured reserve a day earlier.
Coach Pete Carroll said postgame that he didn't know of the severity of Brown's injury. Brown's comments suggested that it won't be a long-term issue -- "I'll be fine," he told The Seattle Times. It is still a sprain, however, and it prevented http://www.steelersprosale.com/lc-greenwood-jerseys-c-1_73.html him from returning in the second half, so there are no guarantees about his immediate availability.
Here are three other numbers that matter this week for the Seahawks (6-3) as they prepare to host the Falcons (5-4) in a rematch of last year's divisional-round playoff game, which Atlanta won 36-20.