Seahawks’ carousel goes round for line

Published on September 13, 2012 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

Once again, the Seattle Seahawks are shuffling things around on the offensive line at the beginning of the season.

With changes before Sunday’s game, the Seahawks will have made a switch on the offensive line within the first three weeks of the season every year since 2007, when Walter Jones still served as the team’s cornerstone at left tackle.

In particular, the line has had trouble staying healthy the past three seasons. Seattle started 10 different offensive line combinations in 2010 and seven different combinations last season.

Now, second-year pro John Moffitt will move back into the starting lineup at right guard Sunday against visiting Dallas, giving the Seahawks their second different offensive line combination of 2012.

Moffitt replaces rookie seventh-round selection J.R. Sweezy, who struggled in his first NFL start against Arizona, facing one of the best defensive linemen in the business in Darnell Dockett most of the afternoon.

Moffitt, Seattle’s third-round selection last year, started nine games at right guard as a rookie but finished 2011 on the injured reserve with two ligament tears in his left knee.

Moffitt was healthy in time for training camp but missed most of the exhibition season because of an elbow injury that required surgery. It forced offensive line coach Tom Cable to get Sweezy ready sooner than expected.

Although Moffitt played in Seattle’s final exhibition game against Oakland, he was inactive for the season opener at Arizona.

“We didn’t have any choice when you look at it,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said about Sweezy. “I thought he was just outstanding. He did everything beyond our expectations, and we just kept hoping that he would be able to be settled and comfortable in the first game.

“It wasn’t quite that, but it wasn’t because he wasn’t tough or physical or any of that. There was a lot happening, and he just needs more time. “

Moffitt practiced fully with the first unit on Wednesday, and said the most important thing will be getting into rhythm with the rest of the offense.

“I think just getting back to game speed,” Moffitt said. “I think that will be it, and I don’t think it will be a long adjustment. I think I’ll get back out there and knock the rust off and be fine. But it always is a little bit faster than preseason. So I think just getting used to that, and getting used to the flow of the game.”

The Seahawks also could have a new left tackle Sunday. Russell Okung did not practice on Wednesday because of a bone bruise on his left knee. But Carroll said the expectation is that Okung will play on Sunday.

Eight-year veteran Frank Omiyale worked with the starters at left tackle on Wednesday with Okung out.

Cable said that the addition of Moffitt should help solidify things up front for Seattle.

“It’s good that he played through that last preseason game,” Cable said about Moffitt. “After a week of practice last week and this week, hopefully he’s ready to go. And we’ll just move forward and try to get everybody on the same page – that’s the biggest issue right now.”

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