According to Mike Dugar of The Athletic, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his scheduled start against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
Drew Lock has tested positive for COVID-19 and won't play Thursday night.
— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) August 17, 2022
Per Dugar, Geno will get the start against Chicago, with Jacob Eason being his backup.
“Can assume Geno Smith will start against the Bears on Thursday, with Jacob Eason getting a bunch of reps too. Eason didn’t play against Pittsburgh and hasn’t gotten a ton of reps in camp. Drew Lock can return to the team next week.”
According to Seahawks.com, the plan was for Smith to start the mock game and the preseason opener with Lock starting against the Bears.
“We had planned well back before the offseason even started to get to this game, the second game, Geno would be the starter in (the mock game) at Lumen and the opening game, then we would go with Drew in the second game,” Carroll said after Tuesday’s practice. “We’re trying to follow that if we can.
“This was part of the plan. Regardless of what happened, we were going to give Drew a chance to start a game to see what happens. Fortunately, he has played really well, and he deserves a shot to play, just like everybody deserves a shot to play and show what they can do, so we’ve been able to stick to it.”
Carroll likes what he saw from Lock despite losing to Pittsburgh
The Seattle Seahawks fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 32-25 on the road at Acrisure Stadium.
Things are still up in the air regarding the quarterback competition, even with Lock having a chance to demonstrate what he can do with the starters this week. Carroll says he still considers Smith the “the No. 1 guy” at this juncture.
“Geno’s still the No. 1 guy, he’s holding onto his spot at this point,” Carroll said. “I really like what Drew has shown us. You look at his passer rating and some of the stuff he did (against Pittsburgh), he did a great job. Both of our guys can play. That’s what we do know; they both can play.”
After the game, Smith spoke about the opportunity to extend drives.
“We had some opportunities there to extend some drives,” said Smith, who finished 10 of 15 passing for 101 yards. “We didn’t start out great on third downs, but we started to pick it up. I feel like we got a lot to learn from.”
.@GenoSmith3 punches it in 👊
📺: #SEAvsPIT on @KING5Seattle pic.twitter.com/Fo0Kz6ARL9
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) August 14, 2022
Next up for Seattle is a date with the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field on Thursday at 8 pm EST.
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