INGLEWOOD—The Seahawks lost Geno Smith to an elbow injury in the second half of their Week 11 game against the Rams, but Smith was able to return late in the fourth quarter, leading a drive that allowed to establish a potentially winning basket.
“A little sore, not the best, but God is good, so I’m going to keep pushing,” Smith said when asked about his elbow after the game.
Smith’s return was an encouraging development in an eventual 17-16 loss to the Rams, but it’s not yet clear whether the injury will be an issue moving forward, especially with the Seahawks facing the 49ers on Thursday night.
“Geno kind of bruised his tricep, the back of his elbow blew out a little bit, but he was able to come back and execute, it was a good effort on his part,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said .
When asked if he was concerned about Smith’s availability for Thursday’s game, Carroll said: “Of course, in Thursday games you’re worried about everyone coming back. It’s tough to do for everyone on your team. This is one of the great challenges of the league.”.
When Smith left the game in the third quarter following a hard hit by Aaron Donald, he was replaced by Drew Lock, who finished that series and played two more. After the Rams took the lead in the final two minutes of the game, Smith had shown enough throws on the sideline to convince the athletic trainers and his coaches that he could return to the game for the final drive.
“He convinced them on the sidelines that he could do it,” Smith said. “It just took a while for it to wear off or whatever. He threw the ball down the sideline where they thought it might go. It was great work on his part.
Returning to the game, Smith said: “I was just trying to go out there and make plays to put us in position to win the game, it still hurt, but I obviously didn’t do enough .
“I really had to do my best to fight through the pain. That was the main thing, pain tolerance, doing my best to fight through and keep going… That’s how I am. I’m always going to try to finish the game if I can.”
Smith was asked if he was still sore after the game and he responded, “Yeah, it hurts.”
Like his head coach, Smith said he wasn’t sure what this week would hold, adding, “We’ll see how it goes.”
Smith wasn’t the only key player in Seattle’s offense to leave the game with an injury, as running back Kenneth Walker III was sidelined in the first quarter by what Carroll called an oblique strain legitimate. The Seahawks also lost rookie safety Jerrick Reed II, a special teams standout, to a knee injury, while rookie wide receiver Jake Bobo was able to return to the game despite a shoulder injury.
“Kenny had an oblique strain that was legitimate, he couldn’t move with it,” Carroll said. “Bobo hurt his shoulder but was able to come back and play. Jerrick Reed may have hurt his knee, we’ll see about that one.”
When asked if there was a timeline for Walker’s injury, Carroll said no, but added, “He’s pretty sore, that’s legit.”
The Seahawks were without safety Jamal Adams, who had been listed as questionable on the injury report, a result of the lingering effects of the quadriceps tendon injury that ended his 2022 season and caused him to miss the start of this season .
“We’re going to try to get him back,” Carroll said. “We’ll find out. He was trying to perform well, he couldn’t get ready for this game. It was close, but he didn’t make it, so we’ll see what happens this week.”