The Seattle Seahawks have decided to move DT Garrison Smith to IR. As a replacement, they have signed DT Sealver Siliga.
Things have gotten worse in a hurry for Smith, who the Seahawks claimed back in September. A few days before the game, the injury reports on him looked like this:
“Smith (oblique) is questionable to play in the Seahawks’ Week 6 game against the Falcons, ESPN’s Liz Mathews reports. Smith was able to practice without limitation Friday and consequently appears likely to suit up.”
Another report, this one directly from head coach Pete Carroll, backed that up. As noted by Sports Press NW:
“Two others were listed as questionable, RB C.J. Prosise (wrist) and DT Garrison Smith (oblique). Carroll indicated that he will hold out Prosise one more week, but Smith would likely play.”
He was quickly ruled out later in the week, though, and did not play. Now the team has sent him to IR, meaning he’s likely done for the year. That’s a pretty big drop, so the injury may always have been worse than the team realized.
It’s also worth noting that Smith was just a depth player for the Seahawks. While he was doing good, that’s different than shutting down a premier talent. It could be that the team simply feels it’s not worth having him try to fight through the injury, so they would rather give him the year off to heal and see where he’s at next season. He is only 25 years old, so they’re looking to the future.