The Seahawks’ biggest win of the season could come at a significant cost.
Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett spent Monday night in a Bay Area hospital after suffering a lower leg contusion in Monday night’s 27-24 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers.
“Well, I think there’s a lot of swelling,” head coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “The contusion caused a lot of swelling right away and they’ve got stuff. There’s concerns about that…there’s a compartment element in this so they’ve got to make sure and just got to take care of him. And we’re ahead of it so we should be in good shape.”
Carroll is referring to the risk of compartment syndrome, which can occur after a trauma when excess pressure from edema within muscles increases to dangerous levels. Edema, or swelling, is the body’s response to an injury, and the pressure it creates can restrict blood flow and oxygen levels. This can result in severe tissue damage that may require surgical intervention.
When asked if surgery was a possibility, Carroll did not rule it out.
“It’s a pretty severe situation for right now,” Carroll said.
The 27-year old Seattle wideout has been a huge factor in the team’s success this year. He is fifth among receivers in total yards, and tied for fourth in both receptions and touchdowns. He was held to three catches for 26 yards on Monday night and did not appear in overtime after fielding the final kick in regulation for a fair catch.
The 8-2 Seahawks have a bye in Week 11. Carroll hopes to have Lockett back in time for their next game on Nov. 24 against the Eagles, but he seemed unsure about Lockett’s availability moving forward.
“I don’t know that, they got to check it all out…You could tell without having [Lockett] out there, we looked different and we need him back,” Carroll said.