Seattle Seahawks

Butler's broken leg Hawks' latest blow

RENTON - On a play that added injury to insult, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Deon Butler is out for the season when he went down with a broken leg late in Sunday’s 40-21 loss to San Francisco.

A rod was surgically inserted Sunday night at a California hospital to promote healing.

Coach Pete Carroll on Monday reported that Butler had two cracks in one bone of the lower leg.

“It was able to go right back together nicely,” Carroll said. “That’s a real intricate surgery, of course, but they were really pleased with the result of it.”

Butler was injured while catching a touchdown pass in the final two minutes.

“Everything went well and he should be able to have a really good recovery,” Carroll said. “But it was a very serious break. So, we’re still thinking about him. He’ll be back in a couple days; he’ll stay down there until he can get a good recovery started.”

It continued the contagion of injuries to beset the Seattle receiving corps, which was missing Mike Williams (ankle) and Ben Obomanu (hand laceration) for the San Francisco game. Brandon Stokley suffered a slight hamstring injury during the game, as well.

Carroll said he expected Williams and Obomanu to return to practice this week, although Obomanu will not be asked to catch passes until later in the week.

“We’ll see what the difference is if they both get back this week; it might be interesting to see if they can have an effect on us a little bit and help the quarterback and the throwing game,” Carroll said in reference to the four interceptions thrown by Matt Hasselbeck against San Francisco.

The injury leaves the Seahawks with only two receivers at full speed, rookie Golden Tate and Ruvell Martin. Carroll said Monday afternoon that the front office was examining personnel options as he spoke.


Carroll explained some of the five turnovers committed by Hasselbeck – four interceptions and a lost fumble. It pushed Hasselbeck’s total of interceptions to eight in the past three games.

The first one should have been caught by fullback Michael Robinson, Carroll said. The next, intended for Butler, “ was a careless throw,” Carroll said. Hasselbeck was pressured into a misfire on the first possession of the second half, and the last was forced into coverage.

“We talked to Matt about it,” Carroll said. “He’s trying too hard; trying to make plays out of stuff that wasn’t there. He’s well aware of it and it just got away from him.”


The Seahawks’ game at Tampa Bay on Dec. 26 has been moved from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Pacific Time). ... Carroll said cornerback Walter Thurmond suffered a slight hamstring injury in the game. Tight end John Carlson was not much of a factor because the team is easing him back after he had a hip injury, Carroll said. The nine flags thrown against the Seahawks in the first half (seven accepted) were indicative of the kind of day the Seahawks were having, Carroll said.