Seattle’s leading receiver broke a bone in his index finger late in the team’s 21-13 loss. San Francisco 49ers Thursday night. Coach Pete Carroll said the team is still trying to determine the best course of action, and Lockett could undergo surgery with hopes of returning sometime this season.
Carroll said the injury was a spiral fracture and was “very similar” to a running back’s fracture. Rashad Penny Suffered in training camp in 2018. Penny was injured on August 13, underwent surgery two days later and returned on September 9 for the Seahawks’ opener.
Lockett believes he can return in two weeks, Carroll said.
“There are a few different ways that they can do the surgery,” Carroll said. “One way gives him a chance to come back. Remember Rashad Penny … had a similar, very similar injury. So they’ve already floated that thought and they’re going to talk about all the options and those and we’re going to love him and take care of him. . . . Whatever we have to do to take care of him, we’re going to do it.”
Carroll said Lockett will need surgery at some point but didn’t confirm it would happen right away, saying the receiver isn’t “really fired up” about that option.
The Seahawks also lost a nose tackle Brian Mone What Carroll called a “significant” ACL injury. He had no update on the linebacker Jordyn BrooksIn the second half, he was pulled out of the game due to neck pain.
Lockett was hurt on Seattle’s final drive, Carroll said. He finished with seven catches for 68 yards, snapping his franchise-record streak of six consecutive games with a receiving touchdown. He leads the Seahawks with 964 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, while his 78 catches are a back DK Metcalfe.
Lockett, 30, has missed just two games in eight NFL seasons, one due to a broken leg late in 2016 and the other due to COVID-19 last year.
“I can’t play without Tyler,” Carroll said. “I got a chance to hang out with him, just to try to express what it’s like to work with a guy like that for so long. He’s such an incredible player. He’s not in a lot of pain. He’s got a broken arm. You feel for him. Sorry, but he’s such a great football player and a member of the team and a member of the community and our area and our fans … that we’ll miss him for everything he’s going to miss.”
Lockett is in his first season as offensive captain.
“That’s bad,” said the security Quandre Diggs, one of Lockett’s close friends on the Seahawks. “Especially a guy like that gives it his all. What he does for the organization, what he does for this team, he’s a vocal leader, he’s a captain for a reason. He’s done it for a long time. He’s someone I have a lot of respect for. . I’ll definitely be there for him.”
Lockett’s absence will shock the veteran Marquis Goodwin Role behind No. 3 to No. 2 Metcalfe. Carroll said the second-year receiver D’Escridge Close to returning from a broken hand that landed him on injured reserve. He is eligible to return next week.
The 49ers’ win clinched the NFC West and handed the Seahawks their fourth loss in five games after a 6-3 start. They are currently one spot back of the NFC playoff standings Washington Commander (7-5-1) and New York Giants (7-5-1) in the wild-card seed.