Preseason injuries across the NFL are, unfortunately, adding up in a hurry. The Seattle Seahawks are the latest victim.
The Seahawks received the opening kick of their preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Saturday. It was a touchback, but one of Seattle’s rising stars on the defensive side of the ball remained down on the field after the whistles were blown. That player was third-year linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven.
Burr-Kirven remained on the field for several minutes before he finally stood up, albeit while only putting pressure on one leg. He never put pressure on the one leg while hoisting himself onto the motorized cart trainers brought out. He was carted off the field, taken to the training room and didn’t return to the game.
“They are bringing out the motorized cart for injured Ben Burr-Kirven,” wrote Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell. “On the opening kickoff. I saw him move his right hand to grasp the hand of a #Seahawks teammate while he’s been on his back.”
The Seahawks later confirmed Burr-Kirven would not return because of a knee injury.
.@Seahawks injury update: LB Ben Burr-Kirven is Out (knee).
— Seahawks PR (@seahawksPR) August 22, 2021
This was an unfortunate sight from Saturday night’s preseason game.
Worst sight in football. pic.twitter.com/fWWHK07PPY
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 22, 2021
The Seattle Seahawks had high hopes for linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven this upcoming season. He was projected as a backup linebacker behind Jordyn Brooks.
The Seahawks took Burr-Kirven in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The former Washington star has since appeared in all 32 possible games throughout his first two years in the NFL. He has been a solid special teams player for the Seahawks during that span.
We wish Burr-Kirven a speedy recovery.
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