Seahawks’ starting center Justin Britt out for season with torn ACL

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks will have some big shoes to fill after starting center Justin Britt was lost for the season due to a torn ACL.

The knee injury was suffered during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. The team feared a torn ACL after the game, and on Monday head coach Pete Carroll confirmed it, noting it will require “major repair.”

Joey Hunt filled in for Britt on Sunday and will likely be the starter going forward.

Originally a second-round pick out of Missouri, Britt has started 78 games for the Seahawks since 2014. He is a highly versatile player who can man all three positions, but since the 2016 season he’s been starting at center and was a Pro Bowl alternative in 2016.

The Seahawks rewarded Britt for his outstanding season with a three-year, $27 million contract extension in 2017 that runs through the 2020 season.