SEATTLE –Seahawks linebacker and special teams captain Heath Farwell sustained “extensive damage” to his groin during Friday’s preseason game against the Bears and will need surgery, coach Pete Carroll said at a press conference Monday.
Farwell made 11 tackles and a sack this preseason before hurting his groin in Friday’s game. It is unknown how long we will miss because of the injury.
Farwell, a 32-year-old veteran from San Diego State, came over to the Seahawks in 2011 from the Vikings. Last season, he played in 16 games on the team, with 9 tackles at linebacker.
But as the special teams captain, Farwell’s loss could be more of inspirational and emotional blow to a team looking to be the first repeat Super Bowl champions since 2004-05 New England Patriots.
His spot could be filled by Brock Coyle, the Seattle Times reported, a 23-year-old rookie out of Montana who has 17 tackles this preseason.