In a surprise announcement, Tedric Thompson’s season appears to be over.
The third-year Seattle Seahawks safety and (essentially) second-year starter has been placed on injured reserve with what the team announced as a shoulder injury. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says that Thompson will undergo surgery on a torn labrum, which is news to everyone considering he played every snap against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
In theory, the Seahawks could bring him back from IR for the playoffs (if Seattle makes it), as they can still activate one person from injured reserve back to the active roster. However, if the Seahawks choose to get Ethan Pocic back from IR in Week 15, then Thompson can’t return this year. Surgery on a torn labrum seems to indicate that he won’t be back regardless.
This pretty much clears up the safety situation for the Seahawks at this point. We have had much discussion over Tedric’s performances dating back to last year, but with the recent trade for Quandre Diggs and the promising play from rookie Marquise Blair, those two alongside Bradley McDougald will be your safety rotation for the rest of 2019.
In other news concerning the Seahawks roster, they have filled Thompson’s spot by signing linebacker/defensive end Dekoda Watson. The 31-year-old was out of football after the Denver Broncos cut him in preseason. He’s played in the NFL since 2010 and has largely been a journeyman since a four-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Lastly, TE Ed Dickson is designated for return after starting the year on IR (hence Seattle only has one more spot they can allocate for someone to be activated off IR). He can practice this week without taking up a roster spot, but if he does play this weekend, the Seahawks need to cut someone to make way for Ed.