Seahawks rookie right guard Germain Ifedi will miss several weeks of the 2016 season with a high ankle sprain suffered in practice, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday.
The team’s 2016 first-round pick was listed as limited on Seattle’s Wednesday practice report. Ifedi, 22, has worked as the first-team right guard since being selected No. 31 overall in the 2016 draft.
The injury comes days ahead of the team’s regular season opener versus the Miami Dolphins and just after the lineup for the new-look offensive line was officially finalized, with former Arizona Cardinals reserve Bradley Sowell at left tackle, second-year pro Mark Glowniski at left guard, converted tackle and guard Justin Britt at center, Ifedi at right guard and third-year pro Garry Gilliam winning the starting right tackle job over free-agent addition J’Marcus Webb.
Before practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Wednesday, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he was excited to see Ifedi — the team’s first first-round pick since 2012 — in action.
“Germain is going to have his first chance in a regular season,” Carroll said. “I think he’s going to show you he’s ready. He’s shown us nothing but that.”
With Ifedi out, the team has several options. The team could simply insert fellow rookie Rees Odhiambo, who is listed as the backup at both guard spots on the team’s unofficial depth chart, at right guard, but third-round Odhiambo has underwhelmed in the preseason.