Seattle Seahawks faced a major setback in their Sunday game against the Los Angeles Rams as key player Kenneth Walker III sustained an injury early in the first quarter. The lead running back, Walker, appeared to have injured himself on a 6-yard run midway through the quarter and clutched his left side before falling to the turf. The Seahawks listed him as doubtful to return with an oblique injury.
This news is a significant blow for the Seahawks, who were tied with the San Francisco 49ers atop the NFC West at 6-3. Walker had been leading the team through nine games with 770 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns, building on a strong rookie campaign that produced 1,215 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.
The severity of Walker’s injury is not immediately clear. However, with Walker sidelined, rookie running back Zach Charbonnet took on most of Seattle’s carries and is expected to be the lead back in Walker’s absence. This presents a challenge for the Seahawks as they try to keep up their pace without their top running back.