An injury to Geno Smith's right elbow and an ill-timed communication issue inside his helmet led to another Seattle Seahawks defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams.

Smith went down near the end of the third quarter when he took a hard hit to his throwing arm. He missed the remainder of that possession and two more before he returned for the final drive, getting Seattle in position for a potential winning field goal that Jason Myers missed from 55 yards out.

The Seahawks' 17-16 loss dropped them to 6-4 and a full game behind the 7-3 49ers in the NFC West after their win Sunday. Smith's injury, meanwhile, puts his status for Thursday night's game against San Francisco at Lumen Field in question.