Dealing with injury is nothing new for this year’s Seahawks squad; however, it might be too much to deal with at once should receivers Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu both miss some or all of Sunday’s matchup against the 49ers in San Francisco.
Williams left last Sunday’s home matchup against Carolina in the first quarter after spraining his left ankle. A cut to Obomanu’s right hand following a 27-yard reception in the same game forced the fifth-year receiver out as well.
Combined, Williams and Obomanu account for 74 receptions, 1,084 yards and five touchdowns. Seattle’s remaining wideouts – Deon Butler, Brandon Stokley and Golden Tate – have collectively hauled in three less passes, amassed 274 less yards and have scored two less touchdowns. In fact, the only member of the threesome to cross the goal line this season is Butler.
What about John Carlson?
The tight end that quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said prior to the season would be this year’s fantasy football sleeper hasn’t lived up to the billing. The 6-foot-5, 251-pound pass-catching Carlson hasn’t recorded more than three catches in a game this season since Week Three’s home win against the Chargers.
A contributing reason for that is fullback Michael Robinson. Robinson missed five weeks with an injury that required head coach Pete Carroll to shuffle the deck and have Carlson take on more blocking duties than he previously had; however, once Robinson returned to the lineup last Sunday against Carolina, Carlson became the one that was on the inactive list as the third-year tight end dealt with a hip injury.
With relatively inexperienced hands out wide in Butler and Tate, a 12-year veteran slot receiver in Stokley and uncertainty regarding Carlson’s availability and usefulness Sunday in San Francisco, Seattle’s 17th ranked pass offense could become a lot more anemic than it already is should Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu not take the field.
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