Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu suffered a concussion early in the second quarter of Sunday's 20-10 loss to Tampa Bay and did not return. Coach Mike Holmgren said that he was "a little foggy still" a few minutes after the game, but there was no indication that Tatupu would miss any future games.
Tatupu's concussion was the latest injury added to an insulting Seahawks season. He is the 11th Seattle starter who was too injured to finish a game this season.
"You can plug holes if you lose a player or two," Holmgren said, " but it's not good for us right now."
When Tatupu came out of the game, Seattle's defense didn't suffer in terms of performance. Veteran D.D. Lewis, who played outside linebacker earlier in his career but has since converted to middle linebacker, filled in and helped the Seahawks keep the score within reason.
"Obviously, (Tatupu) was a big loss to the defense," linebacker Leroy Hill said. "But D.D came in and played excellent. That's why they brought him back."
Lewis hurt his leg playing special teams earlier in the game but was able to replace Tatupu when called upon.
"He's the leader of the defense, so when you go in and replace a guy like Lofa, you've got to bring his energy," Lewis said. "You've got to know all the assignments and make all the calls because he's the defense's brain."
Scary moment: Hill's wallet might be a little lighter after a violent collision with Buccaneers wide receiver Ike Hilliard in the second quarter.
It was the same play in which Tatupu was injured, as Hill hit both Hillard and Tatupu.
Hill's helmet-to-helmet hit left Hilliard motionless for several minutes while teammates and medical personnel gathered around. A medical cart came out onto the field while a visibly shaken Hill looked on, but Hilliard eventually got up under his own power.
The hit came at the end of a 5-yard reception, resulting in a loose ball that was scooped up by cornerback Josh Wilson. Officials ruled the play dead, ruling that Hilliard's knee was down, and the Seahawks challenged the call.
After looking at the instant replay, officials reversed the call and awarded the ball to Seattle. Wilson's aborted return -- he had a clear path to the end zone, but the whistle had already blown -- did not count.
Hill said he was relieved to see Hilliard get up under his own power.
"I was very happy," he said. "You never wish to hurt anybody."
Jennings continues to struggle: Cornerback Kelly Jennings, who already was benched because of subpar play, was exposed again early in Sunday's game.
Jennings gave up a 47-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bryant after falling to the turf inside the Tampa 10-yard line.
"I kind of stumbled," Jennings said. "I felt (Bryant) pushed me down, but it wasn't called, so you've got to keep playing."
Wilson had replaced Jennings as the starter eight days ago, but Jordan Babineaux got the nod on Sunday night. Babineaux started the game but was replaced by Wilson after two plays. He and Wilson continued to rotate as the night went on.
Jennings was used in nickel situations, lining up outside while Wilson moved in to cover Tampa's slot receivers.
Caught again: For the second week in a row, a long run was wiped out because of a holding call on guard Mike Wahle.
T.J. Duckett had an apparent first down after rambling 20 yards on third-and-2 in the second quarter, but a holding call on Wahle wiped the play out.
Last Sunday, Wahle's holding penalty erased a 51-yard run by Julius Jones.
Undivided attention: The baseball game being played simultaneously about 20 miles away made for a strange atmosphere at Raymond James Stadium.
At one point late in the first half, the Buccaneers were stopped short of the first down on a third-and-2 run, yet the fans went into a frenzy of excitement. Radio reports told them that the Tampa Bay Rays had just tied Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on an Evan Longoria double.
A halftime ceremony to honor longtime Buccaneer Mike Alstott got interrupted by a large ovation when the Rays took a 2-1 lead.
By the official end of the Seahawks-Bucs game, only about 5,000 fans remained in the stands at Raymond James. The majority of people were gathered around televisions in the concourse.
Five and counting: Over the previous five seasons, the earliest the Seahawks suffered their fifth loss of the season was in late November.
Seattle is 1-5 this season, after losing No. 5 on Oct. 20.
Road, bitter road: Seattle has lost 12 of its past 14 games played east of the Mississippi River, including the past six.
The last time the Seahawks won a road game east of the Mississippi was in Week 13 of the 2007 season, when they nipped an undermanned Philadelphia team 28-24 at Lincoln Financial Field.
The next six road games -- at Carolina, Atlanta, Green Bay, Buffalo, New York (Giants) and Tampa Bay -- have been all too familiar.
In consecutive losses to the Packers, Bills, Giants and Buccaneers, Seattle has been outscored 130-50.
Quick slants: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (back) and wide receiver Deion Branch (heel) were among the Seahawks' eight inactive players for Sunday's game. The Seahawks continue to struggle on third downs. They converted just 2 of 10 in Sunday's game and 6 of 21 over the past two. Seattle's opponents are 20 of 36 in the same two-week span, having gone 10 of 18 in each of those losses. Punt returner Justin Forsett made his debut as a Seahawk, averaging 18.0 yards on two returns. He had a 36-yarder in the second half. ... The Seahawks rank dead last in the NFL in passing yards per game (126.8). They are almost 23 yards behind No. 31 Kansas City.
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