Before anyone complains about the Seahawks running a fake punt late in the fourth quarter while leading the Rams by three touchdowns Thursday night, just know that karma already took care of it.

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan ran through a

huge hole and was trying to transfer the ball but lost control of it. As Ryan was bobbling the ball, he got nailed by Rams cornerback Troy Hill before he could regain control. Fortunately for the Seahawks, they recovered the fumble.

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Ryan was not so fortunate as he remained face down on the turf at CenturyLink Field. He later walked off under his own power. He was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. 

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One has to question the motives of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for calling for a fake punt at his own 27-yard line while holding a 24-3 lead with under six minutes remaining in the game. 

Ryan’s 33-yard run cost the Seahawks their punter for the remainder of the game. Hardly seems worth it. 

UPDATE: Carroll said after the game the “situation was right” for the fake and the play worked “exactly as we had hoped.” He glossed over Ryan getting knocked the heck out.

“That was a crazy play, but it was beautifully designed by the coaches and the special teams, (special teams coordinator) Brian Schneider and the guys did a great job,” he said. “It was really a play that (special teams assistant coach) Nick Sorensen had been involved in years ago and so Nick had a nice contribution to that as well. So it was really fun to see that happen.”

Sporting News’ Tom Gatto contributed to this report.