The bad Seahawks news Sunday officially became the worst news Tuesday: DT Brandon Mebane is done for the season and on the injured reserve list after apparently tearing his right hamstring in the 38-17 win over the New York Giants.
Mebane was having the best of his eight seasons in Seattle. A case could be made that he was the defensive MVP of the half-season. Along with QB Russell Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch, he is arguably hardest to replace because no one on the roster comes close to what he does so well.
“There is nobody like Mebane,” coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “He’s a very unique player. He’s had, I think, the best season he’s had since he’s we’ve been here to this point – most consistent. That’s a big hit to take. But our guys that go in play good football too, so we will expect them to play up and maintain the level.”
Carroll said that DTs Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel and Jordan Hill will share the responsibility of filling in for the best run-stopper on a defense that is fourth in the NFL against the rush.
“We will see how that goes and what kind of play we’re getting from the fellas,” he said. “All those guys are good football players. They’re all doing good stuff. Their makeup is a little different, and their style.”
Carroll said he was also pleased with the addition of DE Demarcus Dobbs, who played against the Giants after being picked up from San Francisco’s practice squad.
To replace Mebane on the 53-man roster, the Seahawks signed tight end RaShaun Allen, 6-4 and 250 pounds, from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad. With Luke Willson joining Zach Miller with injured ankles, third-string Cooper Helfet is the likely starter in Kansas City Sunday with another newcomer, Tony Moeaki, making his debut as a backup.
Allen, 24, originally signed with Seattle as a rookie free agent May 19 and saw action at St. Louis before being released and re-signed to the practice squad Oct. 23. He was released Oct. 29 and signed to the Vikings practice squad Nov. 3.
Mebane was Seattle’s third-round choice (85th overall) in the 2007 NFL draft. A starter since game 7 of his rookie season, Mebane started the last 110 consecutive games in which he has played, and in 116 career games, he collected 325 tackles (217 solo), 14 sacks, eight passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In the postseason, Mebane started eight of nine games and posted 32 tackles (22 solo).