Rob Sims and Chris Spencer look to strengthen the Seahawks Offensive line

Published on May 11, 2009 by     T.C.

patrick-kerney-mini-camp“Rob Sims didn’t know how serious his injury was.

It wasn’t until he tried to put his carry-on baggage in the overhead compartment of the team’s charter plane in Buffalo that he got his first idea of just how serious an injury he suffered in Seattle’s season-opening loss to the Bills.

“I couldn’t get my arm past my shoulder,” Sims said.

Two days later he was diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle that required season-ending surgery, and the year in which the Seahawks simply could not stay healthy was under way.

By November, center Chris Spencer’s back was so sore that just tying his shoes was excruciating, let alone standing his ground against the carnivorous, 300-pound nose tackles that populate the NFL. Spencer didn’t play at all in December, missing the Seahawks’ final five games.

By the end of the season, all five men who began training camp as the first-unit offensive line were injured and unable to play.

Some teams rebuild in the offseason; the Seahawks’ offensive line rehabilitated, and the left side of the line is still recovering. Tackle Walter Jones is coming back from knee surgery, guard Mike Wahle from a shoulder injury.

But Sims and Spencer are back with a new blocking scheme and a fresh opportunity to fulfill the expectations once heaped upon them.

Spencer is a former first-round pick in the final year of his contract who has had a hard time staying healthy. Sims is a former fourth-rounder who made an early impression while climbing up the depth chart in 2006, but has not distinguished himself in two years as a starter.

Their job security became a question when Seattle drafted Max Unger in the second round last month. Unger played center his final two years at Oregon, but offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was quick to say that Unger wasn’t necessarily supplanting Spencer and would play guard, too.

“Spencer’s still the center here,” Knapp said the day after Unger was drafted. “Spencer is still going through the process of learning this offense and he’s doing fine. He’s done great since Day One when we got in the building.””

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

141124wagner660

Bobby Wagner goes from not playing for five games to playing all but one play vs Cardinals

After missing five games with a toe injury, Bobby Wagner was back at middle linebacker for Sunday’s win ...
141125-nfcwest-660

Know Your Enemy: NFC West Update on 49ers, Rams, Cardinals

Seattle's Week 12 win over the Arizona Cardinals should make for a more interesting stretch-run in the hyper-competitive ...
141124mmm660

Russell Wilson’s impromptu plays paved way for important victory

This one, as it turned, also was on Russell Wilson. After a week in which the Seahawks’ third-year quarterback ...
141123wagner660a

Seahawks cut Cardinals’ lead in NFC West to two games

In a game they had to have, the Seahawks regained their swagger and recaptured their dominating ways in ...
140904glance660

Seahawks play like the champs, roll Packers, 36-16

So this is what defending a Super Bowl championship looks like. Actually, it looked plenty like how the Seahawks ...
140902britt600

The Avril affect has played into Justin Britt’s development

If Pete Carroll has said it once, the Seahawks’ coach has said it just about every time he ...
140828walters600

Seahawks re-sign WR Bryan Walters, waive WR Phil Bates

Bryan Walters’ weekend was a lot like his performance in the Seahawks’ preseason finale on Thursday night. It ...
20140901upnext600

Up next: Green Bay Packers

As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks will host the NFL regular-season opener at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz