Max Unger’s early exit marked a turning point in Seahawks’ loss

Nov 16, 2014, 5:10 PM | Updated: 5:31 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Seahawks center Max Unger left the field on a motorized cart, having suffered injuries to his ankle and perhaps knee midway through the fourth quarter.

Seattle’s offense never really recovered, running 11 plays for a net gain of 8 yards and one first down after Unger left. Seattle failed on three fourth-down attempts to close out the game.

Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed three times in that span, gaining a total of 4 yards and was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1 at Kansas City’s 36 with 3:38 remaining. The Seahawks would never again get the ball in the Chiefs’ half of the field.

“Just got to play better,” left tackle Russell Okung said. “It really put the play-calling on our backs right there as an offensive line. We’ve just got to get that and grind. I know I definitely need to play better.”

Now the question will be about Unger’s health. He left the locker room on crutches.

“He got a high ankle sprain and a little twist of his knee, too,” coach Pete Carroll said. “So he’s a little banged up.”

Okung was asked about the potential impact if Unger were to be injured.

“Max is a very integral part of our team,” Okung said. “We’re going to miss him. We don’t necessarily know the extent of it, but we’ll move forward. We’ll keep going.”

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