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Seahawks center Justin Britt’s knee injury ‘looks like an ACL,’ says Carroll

Justin Britt left Sunday's Seahawks win in the first quarter with a left knee injury. (Getty)

The Seahawks played most of Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Falcons without center Justin Britt. It sounds like that will be the case for the rest of their season, too.

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Britt left Sunday’s game on Seattle’s opening drive with a left knee injury, and the Seahawks wasted little time getting the word out that he wasn’t coming back into the game. After Seattle wrapped up its victory, head coach Pete Carroll had some sobering news.

Though Britt has to undergo tests to figure out an official diagnosis, Carroll said the injury “looks like an ACL” – which means it’s feared he suffered a tear of the ligament – and that it appears Britt will be out for a while.

Britt has been the most consistent member of Seattle’s offensive line since he switched to center ahead of the 2016 season. That year he was named a Pro Bowl alternate, and he has played all but one game and started all but two since moving to the position. That adds up to 55 games. Not only that, but Britt started all 32 of Seattle’s games in his first two seasons where he split time between tackle and guard spots, meaning this is likely to be his first major injury six seasons into the NFL career of the 2014 second-round draft pick.

The Seahawks turned to Joey Hunt, a 2016 seventh-round pick, in place of Britt on Sunday, and he would be the front-runner to play there going forward. It’s not out of the question that Jamarco Jones, who stood out filling in for an injured D.J. Fluker earlier this season, could get a look at the position, and one would have to think Seattle general manager John Schneider will be looking for options on the trade market before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline.

Britt’s injury is the second significant blow to Seattle’s blocking game. Tight end Will Dissly is on injured reserve recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles suffered two weeks prior in Cleveland.

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