Seahawks still struggling with injuries even before 2022 NFL draft
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks are rebuilding in 2022 and need all their presumed good players to stay healthy for much success. But three guys are still dealing with issues since 2021.
In Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s pre-draft press conference on Thursday, Carroll addressed lingering issues for running back Chris Carson and safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs. Carson had neck surgery during this past season. Diggs broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle in Week 18. Adams tore his labrum in Week 13 and missed the rest of the season.
The most concerning of the three above is probably Carson. Seattle did re-sign Rashaad Penny this offseason to a one-year deal but Penny, like Carson, hasn’t consistently been able to stay healthy during his career. There is no certainty that Penny even plays have the season in 2022.
Three key Seahawks still dealing with injuries this offseason
Carson isn’t just on the roster for depth either. The likely expectation for the Seahawks is that Penny and Carson rotate snaps this coming year. Carson is very good when healthy but who knows if he will truly ever be healthy again.
Carroll said on Thursday
"We really don’t have any real updates at this time. It’s still gonna take some time still working through it. He’s really working hard, I know that, and it’s really important to take it as far as you can. So we’ll just have to wait. Take some time to figure that out"
That almost sounds like Carson is never going to play again. Hopefully, he will. However, if the injury he has is going to affect his ability to be somewhat healthy for the rest of his life, maybe Carson shouldn’t come back.
Carroll did say Adams and Diggs are “doing great,” though. Neither player is in Seattle, however, and only participating in meetings via Zoom.
Diggs’ injury looked fairly gruesome and when it happened people would have been right to think Diggs might not even play in 2022. But there was no true ligament damage and a clean break so Diggs hopefully will be ready for Week 1.
Adams should be ready for the start of the season as well. But the issue with Adams is his injury was the same type he had in 2020 to the same shoulder. One might wonder if Adams just has a degenerative issue with the shoulder and he is going to keep having the same problem every year.