The Seahawks were forced to change their strategy during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Quarterback Drew Lock was supposed to start, but a sudden COVID-19 diagnosis kept him away from the game, and head coach Pete Carroll's update following the contest was a bit concerning.
Drew Lock Update
Carroll explained to reporters following Seattle's 27-11 loss that Lock "is really sick" and everything "has hit him pretty hard." It has been that way since the get-go. Post-practice work was on the schedule for Tuesday, but Lock knew he had to get out of there after "dragging" through drills.
Lock reportedly felt so sick that he "barely made it off the practice field" that day. COVID impacts people in different ways, so it is tough to say when Lock will be back with the team. Sunday will be the first day he is eligible to return if he is back to full health. Seattle is certainly going to be cautious here.
Not seeing Lock play on Thursday means that he only has one opportunity left to prove why he deserves the starting gig over veteran Geno Smith. That will be in the preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, August 26. Time is running out for the 25-year-old trade acquisition.
Carroll said the starting QB for that game is still being figured out, though. Smith did nothing to impress the coaching staff against the Bears, completing 10 of his 18 pass attempts for 188 yards. Penalties and dropped passes made the Seahawks' offense look mediocre as a whole.
Seattle has odds set at +540 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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