Seahawks HC Pete Carroll confirmed following Friday’s preseason game that LT George Fant is out for the season with an ACL tear.
“Really broken-hearted about George Fant getting hurt,” Carroll said, via Pro Football Talk. “Just unfortunate. He’s done so much, come so far and everybody’s cheering for him and rooting for him all along. He’s going to be in trouble getting back this season. He’s got a knee injury that’s going to require surgery, unfortunately. Kinda takes a little something out of it for everybody.”
After losing Fant, the Seahawks turned to Rees Odhiambo at left tackle, so he could be the top internal candidate along with Luke Joeckel, who previously played left tackle for the Jaguars.
The best available left tackle is Branden Albert, but he recently announced his retirement from the NFL before unretiring and getting released by the Jaguars. Although, it’s possible they could convince him to join them in Seattle and compete for a title.
Fant, 25, wound up signing on with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky last year. He’s currently in the second year of his three-year, $1.62 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $540,000 and $630,000 over the next two years.
In 2016, Fant appeared in 14 games for the Seahawks and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 76 offensive tackle out of 76 qualifying players.