MIAMI — Watching the end of a game from the sidelines was hard enough for Leonard Weaver.
The way that it happened Sunday, Weaver said, is what hurt the most.
The Seattle Seahawks fullback sat out most of the final three quarters of Sunday’s 21-19 loss to Miami because of a rib injury he suffered in the second quarter. Weaver said that the injury could have been avoided — if not for a late hit from Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder.
“I was already down, and he speared me in the back,” Weaver said afterward, shortly before putting on a sweater with a grimace on his face. “I don’t know if it was intentional. He seems like a pretty cool guy, so I don’t think it was intentional. But that’s what happened. I tried to keep going, but I just couldn’t.”
For the second week in a row, rookie Owen Schmitt finished the game at fullback. Weaver praised the way Schmitt played but was disappointed at his own luck.
Since scoring two touchdowns in a win over San Francisco, Weaver has been sidelined by a foot injury and the sore ribs.
“Man, it’s been tough,” he said. “It’s one of those things that you can’t really think about. You just have to keep going.”
Weaver did not know the extent of the injury as of Sunday afternoon. He’s likely to get a second look by the team’s medical staff sometime today.