Seahawks' Geno Smith leaves, then returns vs. Rams after suffering elbow injury on throwing arm


The Seahawks entered the fourth quarter on top of Sunday’s NFC West showdown with the Rams. They also did so without their starting quarterback, with Geno Smith exiting in the final seconds of the third quarter after taking a big hit. The Seahawks officially ruled him questionable to return with an elbow injury, but he did retake the field in the fourth quarter.

Smith led the Seahawks into field-goal range in the final ticks, but Jason Myers’ field-goal attempt from 55 yards out missed and the Rams won, 17-16.

Smith, who had guided Seattle to a 16-7 advantage before exiting, walked to the sidelines under his own power after suffering an apparent arm injury on a tackle by Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. But he showed frustration while repeatedly stretching his throwing hand, and backup Drew Lock replaced him under center with 18 seconds left in the third.

Smith remained on the sidelines immediately following his injury and medical evaluation, but Lock led Seattle’s next drive. It was the second time Lock was forced into action this season; the former Broncos starter previously replaced Smith against the Giants in Week 4 after the latter hurt his knee on a late hit. He started 21 games for Denver from 2019-2021.

Seattle also lost starting running back Kenneth Walker III earlier in the game after he suffered an oblique injury.

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