Some key Seahawks are dealing with injury issues that could last into the season. This could have a dramatic affect on Seattle’s postseason hopes.
No team wants to start the season with key injuries, of course. And it isn’t like the Seahawks have players who definitely won’t play week one, players that they are counting on to be successful in 2019. But there are several lingering injuries to important Seattle players that might be much more worrisome should the players continue to need to rehabilitate as the preseason goes on.
Carson sat out OTAs and minicamp while trying to recover from a knee issue. Skill players who need to cut to gain yards need to have healthy knees. Carson isn’t expected to miss any time in the regular season but Seattle also doesn’t want him to be rusty. Plus, it would be nice if Carson can test his knee prior to the real games beginning.
Blair is just a rookie, of course, and the Seahawks don’t really know what they will be getting from him. But the expectation is that Blair might be ready to play starter reps by mid-season due to his physicality. That is if Blair can fully recover from a hamstring injury he suffered in offseason workouts. The safety position is already wracked with injuries so losing Blair for a long period would be very bad.
Staying with the safeties, McDougald had offseason surgery on a partially torn patellar tendon. This is the same kind of surgery that Jimmy Graham and Will Dissly had. Of course, Graham and Dissly’s patellar tendons seem to be in much worse shape than McDougald’s. McDougald appears to have suffered his injury in week 8 of 2018 and played through. But he wasn’t able to rehab the tear to his satisfaction and opted for surgery.
Seattle absolutely needs McDougald in the defensive backfield for his skill and ability to communicate. Without McDougald, Seattle would likely miss the playoffs.
Haynes has some kind of injury which the Seahawks aren’t communicating. Hopefully this is nothing serious as Haynes was getting glowing reports in OTAs. He clearly is the guard of the future for Seattle so let’s hope this injury is nothing serious.
As far as the rest of the roster, we still need to see how Dissly will bounce back from his shortened rookie season. Also, let’s hope Seattle doesn’t have a freak injury or five in the preseason. Seattle is talented but thin in spots and cannot afford very many injuries.