Seattle Seahawks starting left tackle George Fant had to be carted off the field with a right knee injury during Friday’s preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings 20-13 and will have to undergo surgery for an ACL related injury, head coach Pete Carroll said after the game.
Carroll said Fant “will have trouble” returning this season.
The second-year offensive lineman tore his ACL and will be undergoing season-ending surgery, according to multiple reports.
“We talked about the great year that he had this offseason and that it’s going to take that same kind of application and fight and competitiveness and spirit to work his way back through this,” Carroll said. “He felt very confident he would do exactly that. He’s going to take the same approach that he took to this offseason and he’s going to get back, and when he gets back he’s going to be a really good football player. He’s disappointed but he also knows this is kind of what you have to go through. It’s the first time he’s been injured in hoops or anything, so he’ll have to deal with it … he’s got lots of love and support around here.”
Thank you all for your support 🙏🏾 I’m in good hands.
— George Fant (@GeorgeFant74) August 19, 2017
The undrafted offensive lineman out Western Kentucky started 10 games at left tackle as a rookie, and had put on more than 20 pounds this offseason.
The Seahawks already had one of the weakest offensive lines in the NFL entering the 2017 season and now will need to a fill a significant void at left tackle.
Second-year offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo stepped in at left tackle following Fant’s injury, but Seattle could also look to plug in free agent acquisition Luke Joeckel at left tackle.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ former first-round pick is projected to be the Seahawks’ starting left guard this season, but has the most starting experience at left tackle on Seattle’s roster.