The good, bad and ugly of Seattle Seahawks injuries one week before Week 1

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The ugly of Seahawks injuries

I honestly am not sure how to take Darrell Taylor sometimes. He only seems to play when he feels he is 100 percent ready to play, not 80 percent. Most players have to play through injuries at some point during a season, but over his two years, Taylor seems to either be completely healthy or dinged-up and not playing. His most recent injury is one of the most frustrating.

Taylor was injured in early August after, according to head coach Pete Carroll, Taylor landed "awkwardly." Carroll said Taylor sprained his shoulder but that the issue would not require surgery. Carroll went on to say, "But we’ve just got to see how he responds. He felt way better today than he did yesterday, so that’s a good early thought."

Then weeks went by and there still was no Taylor at practice. It was fine he wasn't playing in the preseason games. He didn't need to. Though he's played for only two years, Taylor knows what his role is with the team and what is expected, so getting some reps in a meaningless game wasn't necessary. But missing a lot of reps in practice is not ever a good thing.

Last week, Carroll was asked again about Taylor's shoulder and Carroll said he couldn't even put a timeline on when the edge rusher will return. We know that Taylor is still not practicing, though. He could be out for a long time for all we know. At least it appears that Boye Mafe has already supplanted him as a starter on the depth chart as Mafe is much better against the run than Taylor.

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