Seahawks expected to place TE Ed Dickson back on IR, according to sources. Dickson was activated this week but there’s concern over his recovery from injury.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 22, 2019
Dickson underwent knee surgery in early August, and was held on the active roster throughout preseason and through cuts so that he could be placed on I.R. during the regular season, in order to be eligible to return. That become a necessity, following the trade of Nick Vannett and the injury to Will Dissly.
Though the near-immediate return to I.R. was surely not anticipated for the Seahawks or Dickson, the signs around his recovery weren’t great. His time frame following August surgery was first reported as 4-5 weeks, but it took until this week for him to come off injured reserve. Once designated for return, a player must be activated within three weeks, and Dickson and Seattle took it right up until the third week (and in actuality, four weeks, as the bye week did not count towards that number).
An unfortunate and strange turn will likely end Dickson’s 2019 for good, before it got started. With Luke Willson not expected to play in Week 12, it puts the Seahawks in a difficult spot. It seems likely Tyrone Swoopes will be brought up from the practice squad to help Seattle this week, before a more permanent solution is sought ahead of Week 13.