The Seahawks extremely tall rookie tight end Colby Parkinson broke his foot and had surgery on it in early June. Now he could miss the start of the 2020 season.
Seahawks 2020 draftee Colby Parkinson was expected to battle for a roster spot in a loaded tight end room for Seattle. Seattle already has Will Dislly, Luke Willson, Jacob Hollister and Greg Olsen on the team and carrying five tight ends isn’t exactly likely. One of those previous might have been cut.
But on Friday reports surfaced that Parkinson had broken a Jones fracture in his foot while running routes at some point this offseason. On June 2nd, Parkinson had surgery to correct the problem. Many times injuries like this can take 10 weeks to fully heal. With any luck, Parkinson could be back in Seahawks training camp by mid-August.
Parkinson might be battling for a receiver spot instead of a tight end one. After Seattle took Parkinson, there was a school of thought that maybe Seattle would use the 6’7″ receiver as a red zone threat. Maybe Parkinson won’t be a great blocker, but he can high point a ball better than most defensive backs.
Deebo Samuel of the 49ers has also recently had the same injury that Parkinson has. Samuel, though, knows the 49ers offense so him missing time would hold him back as much. A rookie like Parkinson missing training camp really slows his development.
Parkinson’s near future
Parkinson is likely to start on the PUP list. He will probably be joined on the list by running back Rashaad Penny. Parkinson could still be off the PUP list by week one. Or Seattle could keep him there, hiding him away from other teams in case they are forced with the decision to release him, and then see how healthy the Seattle tight end room is by week 8 of the season.
Either way, any time a rookie misses significant time in his first training camp, he is not likely to be productive very early in a season. Parkinson might be a great receiver one day, but he won’t be when week one of 2020 rolls around.