Seahawks place starting ORG Unger on I.R.

Posted Sept. 14, 2010 @ 7:42 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Seahawks received bad news after their big season opening victory over the 49ers. Starting ORG Max Unger was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after suffering an injury to the big toe on his left foot Sunday.

The Seahawks re-signed Mansfield Wrotto to take Unger's spot. Wrotto started the final two preseason games but was released on Sept. 5 when the Seahawks cut down to 53 players.

Unger, a second-round draft pick in 2009 out of Oregon, started every game in his rookie season.

The Seahawks also released CBs Kennard Cox and Ross Weaver and assigned CB Cord Parks to the practice squad. Roster space was created for LB Leroy Hill to return to the team after he served a one-game suspension. Hill was suspended for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.  

The way we see it

Unger is a huge loss for an offensive line that was banged up all preseason. Rookie OLT Russell Okung has been out with a high ankle sprain, and his backup, Ray Willis, was placed on I.R. after having surgery to repair damaged knee cartilage. Wrotto has some experience with the first team, but Unger was one of the few guys on the line the Seahawks could count on with all the injuries. Three starters on the O-line — OLT Tyler Polumbus, OG Evan Dietrich-Smith and OG Stacy Andrews — have all been on the roster for two weeks or less. Hill will be a welcome return to the defense. He has started 61 games with the Seahawks in five seasons, recording 14½ sacks.