Seahawks LB/DE Thomas Rawles is expected to be sidelined 4- to 6-weeks with a torn ACL in his right knee, according to multiple sources.
The news is a significant blow to Seattle’s defense, which was expected to return to form after missing the first four games of the season.
The Seahawks had been expected to start Cam Newton and rookie Leonard Fournette at left tackle, but Rawls has been a key part of the unit.
The 6-foot-2, 243-pound Rawls was Seattle’s top pass-rusher in 2017, and he’s had a solid season for the Seahawks.
Rawls is expected back in the lineup against the Broncos.
Rawls’ injury was first reported by ESPN.com.
The news comes on the heels of the Seahawks being eliminated from playoff contention with a 31-20 loss to the Giants.
Seattle’s defense struggled early on in the season, but the team has recovered from a disappointing 2-13 mark to start the season and is currently third in the NFC West.