They say good things come in pairs, but for the Seattle Seahawks it has been the opposite this week.
After having to rule out star running back Marshawn Lynch prior to their Monday Night Football victory over the Detroit Lions, the Super Bowl runners-up have now confirmed his veteran replacement is facing a lengthy lay off.
Fred Jackson was forced out of last night's game through injury before halftime, and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has now revealed the 34-year-old has likely suffered a high ankle sprain.
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A high ankle sprain means at least a one-week layoff for Jackson, and there is concern that the veteran could miss multiple games with the issue.
The former Buffalo Bills star had been impressing in an increased role vs the Lions, gaining 54 yards on just five touches. More concerning for the Seahawks, though, is where it leave's their fabled run game moving forward.
With Lynch's immediate future still uncertain, rookie Thomas Rawls is the only healthy running back option for the Seahawks at this early stage of week five.
Rawls was the lead back against Detroit and has managed over 150 yards since BeastMode left the team's week three game against the Chicago Bears.
Still, entrusting the entire run game to the youngster would not have been something Seattle would have envisaged having to do at this stage of the year.
Speaking before Jackson's injury update was revealed, Carroll was hopeful that Lynch will be back in time to play against the Bengals on Sunday, but that the team would remain cautious.
Today's development may have just meant caution has been thrown out the window.
Seahawks fans: Have your team overworked Marshawn Lynch in recent years? Have your say in the comments below...
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