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Seahawks starter Damien Lewis was injured in a preseason game

The Seahawks just realized the worst preseason fears of any NFL team.

A starter is injured, apparently seriously.

Seahawks left tackle Damien Lewis goes down on the end of a running play early in the second quarter of Seattle’s second preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Aug. 18, 2022. Clare Grant

Left guard Damien Lewis went down at the end of a running play early in the second quarter of Seattle’s second preseason game Thursday night against the Chicago Bears. As the entire Seahawks team huddled at midfield near the downed Lewis, medical personnel inflated an air cast over Lewis’ lower right leg.

A motorized cart took him from the field to the tunnel from which injured players are usually taken to nearby Harborview Medical Center by ambulance.

The Seahawks announced minutes later that Lewis was out for the rest of the game with an ankle injury. He may be fractured, given the medical attention he received in the field.

Coach Pete Carroll said this month that he believes his team has three starting-caliber guards. Phil Haynes will now have the chance to prove his manager right. It now seems likely that the Seahawks’ 2019 fourth-round draft pick will start this season with veteran Gabe Jackson as Seattle’s starting guard.

Seattle was trailing the Bears 10-0 in the second quarter when Lewis was injured.

This story was originally published August 18, 2022 6:20 p.m

Gregg Bell is the Seahawks and NFL writer for The News Tribune. In January 2019, he was named Washington State Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. He began covering the NFL in 2002 when the Oakland Raiders beat The Sacramento Bee writer. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season in 2005. In a previous life, he graduated from West Point and served as a tactical intelligence officer in the United States Army United, so he might ask you to leave him and give him 10.


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