RENTON — Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that offensive lineman John Moffitt suffered an elbow injury, and will not play in Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
Moffitt will have surgery to remove loose bodies in his elbow, and is expected to be out two to three weeks, according to Carroll.
However, Carroll said he’s hopeful that Moffitt will be back in time for the team’s season opener at Arizona on Sept. 9.
“We’ve just got to take care of business, and that’s why we’re acting on it as quickly as possible,” Carroll said. “We had no lead into this at all – just that his elbow got sore. It wasn’t an injury. It just got sore from the work, and then it got a little bit worse the next day and they decided to take a good look at it, and they saw that he had some old stuff in there.”
A third round draft choice by Seattle last year, Moffitt suffered his second significant injury since joining the Seahawks. Moffitt finished last year on the injured reserve list after suffering a MCL and PCL tear in his left knee in the opening quarter against Baltimore that required surgery.
With Moffitt out, Deuce Lutui will get the start at right guard. However, Carroll also said rookies J.R. Sweezy and Rishaw Johnson will get opportunities to earn time a right guard as well.
“I’m anxious to see how he does,” Carroll said about Lutui. “His attitude that he brings, and his experience would really be nice to have on our line.”