Unfortunately, the major news coming out of the final day of Seattle Seahawks camp was quite ominous.
Rookie Cassius Marsh hurt his knee during Wednesday’s helmet and no shoulder pads practice when he was part of a pile-up involving fellow defensive lineman D’Anthony Thomas and offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre.
The initial word was that it appeared to be quite serious, given that Marsh reportedly seemed quite frustrated, clutching his helmet while on the ground.
However, on the positive side, he was able to walk off the field on his own. Obviously, the severity of injury will not be known until the MRI results are published.
If Marsh ends up having to miss significant time, this could prove to be a pretty big blow to the Hawks’ defensive plan.
All signs were pointing to his being an integral component in their D-line rotation, given recent reports of his being worked in with the first team.
Given his ability to play both defensive tackle and defensive end, many anticipated that he would play a similar role to that of Michael Bennett‘s last season.
Though it was only a preseason game, he certainly looked the part against the Denver Broncos. He had the Seahawks only sack, while letting at least one other slip out of his grasp, and also added four tackles.
In fact, everything that has come out of camp about Marsh has been glowing. The Seahawks were extremely high on him coming out of UCLA due to his impressive “motor”, and it appears he has exceeded all of their expectations thus far in camp.
Accordingly, he, along with fellow rookie Brock Coyle, appeared to be the two defensive rookies that had the potential to contribute the most this coming season.
Let’s hope that the MRI shows the injury to be minor, and we can watch Marsh “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” reminiscent of the boxing legend he was named after.