Seahawks offensive injury updates heading into the offseason
By Lee Vowell
As 12s all know, the Seahawks suffered 174 injuries (only a slight exaggeration) by the end of 2019. How are some of these players coming along in rehab?
The Seahawks had an odd season last year. They started 10-2 and then finished 1-3. By the time they lost to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs they were a shell of their former selves. And this was just offensively. If not for the greatness that is Russell Wilson, Seattle would have been sunk long before.
Imagine what the Seahawks would have looked like with healthy players like Will Dissly, Justin Britt, Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. Every team goes through injury issues, obviously, but what Seattle had to deal with was simply unfair. So how are these players doing going into the offseason?
Pete Carroll said at the end of 2019 that Dissly rehab from his Achilles injury in week 6 of the season was going smoothly. But after Greg Olsen signed with the Seahawks last week, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reported that Seattle expects Dissly to be back for week one of 2020. Carroll said that Dissly was “killing it” in rehab.
If Dissly is, in fact, ready for the beginning of 2020 and Carson can return as well, with already having Wilson, Tyler Lockett, a year-older D.K. Metcalf and Olsen, the Seahawks offense might be killing it next season if Dissly can stay healthy for an entire season for once.
Speaking of Chris Carson
Carson fractured his hip in week 16 of 2019 but he did not require surgery. This is good. Anything invasive makes rehab more difficult. Carson should be running by the time June rolls around. He will probably be kept out of a bunch of preseason games prior to the season, but who cares? You don’t make the playoffs by winning in the preseason.
Carson should be good to go by week one.
This is me just guessing on a lot of Penny because no one really knows, not even Penny, how well he is doing at this point. Penny required surgery from a torn ACL. This is not an injury where players who need to use quickness to be successful recover from easily. My assumption is that Penny will start 2020 on the PUP list and not return until at least six games into the season. Seattle will need to draft or sign Carson’s backup for next season.
The Seahawks could go a couple of ways with Britt. He will be entering the last year of his contract in 2020 and Seattle could save $8 million in cap space by cutting him. But Britt is a good player and physical. Seattle missed his presence when Joey Hunt took over for him after britt’s season-ending week 8 ACL injury. Britt should be ready by training camp and could even sign Britt to an extension.