The Seattle Seahawks suffered a significant blow on Sunday when lead running back Kenneth Walker III sustained a non-contact oblique injury during their game against the Los Angeles Rams. In the first quarter, Walker appeared to injure himself on a 6-yard run, clutched his left side, and fell to the turf. He has been listed as doubtful to return with an oblique injury.
The loss of Walker is a major setback for the Seahawks, who were tied with the San Francisco 49ers atop the NFC West at 6-3. As the team’s leading rusher, Walker had led them through nine games with 770 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns. His performance was built on a strong rookie campaign that produced 1,215 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.
The severity of Walker’s injury is not yet clear. In his absence, rookie running back Zach Charbonnet took over most of Seattle’s carries and is expected to be the lead back until Walker returns to action.