The bye week will be important for at least two of the Seahawks starters.
That’s because it will buy time for both left guard Luke Joeckel, who is scheduled to undergo a procedure this week, and defensive end Michael Bennett, who suffered a foot injury on Sunday.
Joeckel is scheduled to undergo an arthroscopic surgery Thursday on his knee. It’s not nearly as extensive as the surgery he underwent a year ago to repair a torn ligament suffered last October when he was with Jacksonville.
“We brought him back very carefully,” coach Pete Carroll of Joeckel, who was signed as a free agent. “There was something that was kind of hanging in there that was irritating him for some time. We tried to wait it out and see what it was.
“We have waited as long as we can wait and he has been a stud about it. Now it’s time to get cleaned up and hopefully it will be really smooth for him.”
Recovery from that type of procedure usually requires weeks as opposed to months, but Carroll conceded that it’s not realistic to think Joeckel would be ready to play when Seattle returns from its bye to play at the New York Giants on Oct. 22.
“It’s going to be hard to count on that,” Carroll said. “That’d probably be too much to count on.”
The most likely candidates to fill in at left guard are Mark Glowinski and rookie Ethan Pocic. Glowinski started at left guard last season before returning to the right side – where he played in college – this year. He began the season as the starter, but was replaced in Week 3 by Oday Aboushi. Pocic is a rookie who was drafted in the second round.
Bennett suffered a foot injury at the end of first half of Sunday’s game, and while he returned to play in the second half, his status will certainly be a question when the Seahawks return next week.
“He did have a plantar fascia injury, and he’s really sore,” Carroll said on Monday. “But he was able to finish the game, and did a fantastic job to help us down the stretch, and he’s going to need these couple weeks here.”