Seahawks Hoping George Fant Returns for Season Opener

Corbin Smith

For the most part, the Seahawks exited CenturyLink Field following Thursday’s 22-14 win over the Broncos healthy.

Unfortunately, Seattle couldn’t escape the preseason opener without any significant injuries. Midway through the second quarter, reserve tackle George Fant left the game with an ankle injury after a Broncos defender rolled up on his leg near the end of a run play.

Fant, a fourth-year veteran out of Western Kentucky, walked gingerly off the field after being looked at by Seattle’s medical staff and didn’t return. Following the game, coach Pete Carroll used the dreaded “legit” classification when discussing his injury, leading to speculation he’d miss extended time.

On Sunday, Fant was seen wearing a boot on his right leg and didn’t participate in practice. Carroll again coined his ankle sprain as “legit,” but the overall outlook on his injury looks to be a bit more positive than it was four days ago.

“It’s a second-degree type of sprain you know and so it’s gonna take him a few weeks and we feel really comfortable with what George can do.” Carroll said. “He reported in great shape and really strong and all of that. We know the role that we like to play him in, so he’ll just come back to us.”

Carroll anticipates it’ll take a few weeks for Fant to recover and the Seahawks are keeping fingers crossed he’ll be available for the season opener against the Bengals on September 8.

Only a couple days after having a cyst removed from his knee, backup quarterback Geno Smith was walking around at practice wearing a sleeve over his leg. Seattle signed second-year signal caller J.T. Barrett on Saturday as insurance, but Carroll didn’t rule out the possibility Smith could be back for Sunday’s second preseason game in Minnesota.

“We’ll see. That’s probably pushing it, but he’s determined to come back and play against Minnesota.”

Among other injury updates, running backs Travis Homer (quad), C.J. Prosise (hip), and J.D. McKissic (foot) all remained sidelined on Sunday. Tight end Jacob Hollister (groin), guard Mike Iupati (ankle), and linebacker Shaquill Griffin (knee) were also held out.

Seattle was short-handed in the backfield against Denver on Thursday, relying on recently signed Xavier Turner as the lone available back for most of the second half after Bo Scarbrough left with a hand injury. While he didn’t have an update on Homer, Carroll believes McKissic and Prosise could play next weekend against the Vikings and Scarbrough was back in action on Sunday.

Hollister also could be in play to return against the Vikings, while Carroll indicated Griffin bruised his knee in Thursday’s game and wasn’t quite ready to return to practice yet. He’s likely day-to-day.

As for Iupati, the veteran guard may still be a week or so away from returning. The Seahawks don’t seem to be in a rush to bring him back for preseason games and want to ensure he’s healthy for the start of the regular season.