At the NFL trade deadline at the end of October, the Seattle Seahawks went out and acquired left tackle Duane Brown from the Houston Texans in exchange for draft picks. Brown was immediately penciled in as the starter at left tackle against Washington just days after being acquired, and his performance on the field immediately demonstrated why he was brought in to replace Rees Odhiambo, who had been playing through injuries to both hands.
Unfortunately for Seahawks fans, just four days after making his debut in Seattle, Brown had an Arizona Cardinals defender roll up on his ankle before halftime of his second game with the team. The injury was one of many suffered by Seahawks players against Arizona and resulted in Brown missing the entirety of the second half of the game. Matt Tobin played in place of the injured Brown, and the dropoff at the position was immediately noticeable.
With Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn coming off a six-sack performance against in week ten facing Chaz Green and Byron Bell, the backup left tackles for the Dallas Cowboys in the absence of Tyron Smith, left tackle has to be an area of concern for Seattle.
On the final injury report released by the team, Brown was listed as questionable for the matchup against the Falcons.
Seahawks officially declare Kam Chancellor out for Atlanta along with Joeckel and Wilhoite. Reed and Duane Brown questionable: pic.twitter.com/WgWXHkF7zg
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 18, 2017
The team listing Brown as questionable comes a week after Brown himself stated he’d be “aight,” and if Matt Tobin indeed starts in place of Brown, it would be the fifth different starting configuration on the offensive line the team has used this season. Hopefully the game-time decision will be in favor of Brown playing.