Injuries felled a number of Seattle Seahawks last year. A large number of Seahawks!
Last year, the @Seahawks had the most players on injured reserve, followed by the @Chargers pic.twitter.com/XXr3zfrkGp— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 27, 2017
Five current Seahawks lost more than half their season to injury, but are slated to return for 2017. With a vengeance? Why not. The injury bug deserves no mercy.
A blurb on each before you are asked the question of the day.
DT Quinton Jefferson
The Seahawks’ 5th-round pick (No. 147) from last year’s draft saw action in three games before knee issues ended his season in October. Important fact: Seattle liked him enough to trade up to get him at 147.
Blocking Jefferson from playing time are Tony McDaniel, Jarran Reed and Ahtyba Rubin -- good players, for sure, but it would be very generous to call any of them stars. There’s a scenario where Jefferson earns significant and makes the most of them. Especially because he’s such an unknown.
OT/OG Luke Joeckel
Also hit the IR in early October 2016, just like he did in October 2014. The former No. 2 overall pick did not impress in Jacksonville, where he failed to hold down the RT, LT and LG spots. But we’ve seen a change in scenery benefit players before. We’ve seen careers revitalized in Seattle before. Maybe the coaching in Jacksonville was a bad fit for Joeckel? Maybe with 39 games under his belt, the experience kicks in?
Lacy is good when healthy. Hell, he was good last year, as the pre-injury 5.1 ypc suggests. He was good in 2013-2014, when he scored a total of 24 touchdowns and made a Pro Bowl. He averaged 81 yards and 4.8 yards per carry in five playoff games for the Packers.
But will he be a factor in Seattle? Will he get enough snaps to be much of an upgrade over, say, Alex Collins or Carson Smith? Will Thomas Rawls’ and C.J. Prosise’s explosiveness turn Lacy somewhat redundant? Will the playing weight be an issue? Many questions.
Who, exactly, is Prosise? The guy who got just 17 touches in the first half of the season, the guy who suddenly dominated the Patriots in Week 9 with 153 all-purpose yards, the guy who ran through the Eagles defense like they weren’t even there, or the guy who couldn’t stay on the field?
Smith has bounced around, spending time on the practice squads of the Dolphins, Saints and 49ers before finishing 2015 in San Francisco. The Seahawks signed him for 2016 but got only three healthy weeks out of him.
He’s in the same boat as Jefferson up top. There are snaps to be competed for at defensive tackle. Does he make it happen?
Earl Thomas disclaimer
The poll works best without the inclusion of Earl Thomas. Most polls do.
Which Seahawk who spent significant time injured in 2016 will be this season’s comeback player? For the team, not the league.
This poll is closed