Seattle Seahawks suffered a significant setback on Sunday when lead running back Kenneth Walker III sustained a non-contact oblique injury early in the game against the Los Angeles Rams. The incident happened in the first quarter during a 6-yard run, leaving Walker clutching his left side and falling to the turf. The Seahawks listed him as doubtful to return due to the injury.
The loss of Walker is a significant blow for the Seahawks, who were tied with the San Francisco 49ers atop the NFC West with a record of 6-3. Walker had led 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, but it has left the Seahawks in a bind. With Walker sidelined, rookie running back Zach Charbonnet took over most of Seattle’s carries and is expected to be the lead back in Walker’s absence. This could have an impact on Seattle’s offense as they try to make up for the loss of their top running back.