The Seattle Seahawks left Santa Clara, California as the first triumphant visitor of 2019, but it came at a cost.
Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett was taken to a nearby hospital after suffering a lower leg contusion that caused severe swelling, coach Pete Carroll said after Seatters win at overtime 27-24.
Lockett put the last kick in regulation and pulled it down, but was not present for the long overtime period, as his leg injury had become severe enough to require additional medical care.
"Well, I think there is a lot of swelling. The contusion caused a lot of swelling right away and they have things," Carroll said. "There is concern about that. So we just have to take care of him and we're ahead of it, so we should be in good shape but sorry to see him. You can say without having & # 39; No-E & # 39; (Lockett) out there, we looked different and we need him back. "
A contusion can often be mistaken for various injuries, but it is not too common to see the player affected being taken to the hospital so quickly. The fear Monday night was that Lockett might be dealing with compartment syndrome, which can cause rapid, acute swelling and require emergency surgery if severe enough.
When Carroll last spoke to reporters, it sounds like such an operation would still be possible, to say an overnight stay for Lockett was what Seahawks staff "is considering right now, yes." It was very obvious that Carroll was worried about the health of her distinguished recipients, but also worked with limited information and delivered essentially nothing when asked if such an injury could keep Lockett out of Seattle's upcoming village.
"I don't know that," he said. "I wouldn't think so, but I don't know. It didn't sound like that. They had to check everything. What do I know?"
We will keep up to date on the latest updates to Lockett's condition.