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Seahawks lose Irvin and Blair to ACL injuries

The Seahawks' win Sunday night was spectacular, but it came with a cost. They lose two starters on defense to ACL tears.
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Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin is helped off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Seahawks' win Sunday night was spectacular, but it came with a cost.

They lose two starters on defense to ACL tears.  

Linebacker Bruce Irvin tore his in the fourth quarter with 4:01 left in the game. It happened as he was rushing the quarterback. He planted his right foot and went down, clutching his right knee.

Nickel cornerback Marquise Blair injured his ACL in the third quarter.  Blair tore his ACL after tackling Patriots running back Sony Michel and then was hit by "friendly fire."  K.J. Wright came in to finish off Michel and slide into Blair's right knee.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll also said three players dislocated fingers, including safety Jamal Adams and Tre Flowers.  Carroll says both Adams and Flowers should be able to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Carroll now needs to figure out who is going to replace Irvin and Blair.  He's said he won't announce their replacements until later this week.

Ugo Amadi played well in place of Blair.  He's probably in the lead to replace him. 

As for Irvin, the Hawks could do multiple things. They have a few guys, in-house, that could take over, including first round pick Jordyn Brooks or Cody Barton. 

Plus, they could promote Shaquem Griffin from the practice squad or sign former Seahawk linebacker Mychal Kendricks, if he's healthy.  Kendricks tore his ACL at the end of December last year.