During his meeting with the media following the second day of offseason OTAs, Seattle Seahawks head coach surprised observers when he revealed that the team’s starting running back, Chris Carson, had offseason surgery. While Carson is expected to return to offseason activities in a couple of weeks, the timetable for a handful of other members of the team to resume their activities following offseason procedures is a bit longer.
Pete Carroll said Jaran Reed and Bradley McDougald, who had offseason surgeries, won't be back during OTAs and minicamp, but should be good for training camp. Similar timeline for Delano Hill, who injured his hip late in the season. #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) May 21, 2019
So, Jarran Reed, who many would rate as the team’s best returning defensive lineman following a spectacular 2018 campaign that saw him record 10.5 sacks, won’t be back until training camp. As most observers know, Reed had surgery on a sports hernia on the same day that the Seahawks traded Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs, and now we have a timetable for his recovery from the operation.
As for safety Bradley McDougald, he had surgery on his knee, and is also expected out until training camp. The fact that McDougald had offseason surgery, combined with the fact that he had a lingering knee issue which bothered him for most of 2018 certainly helps explain why the Hawks selected both Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi during the draft.
Lastly, with Earl Thomas have left as a free agent and on top of McDougald undergoing an offseason surgery, it was also revealed that Delano Hill had some sort of procedure done during the offseason and has a similar timetable for recovery. In short, sixty percent of the safeties on the roster either left in free agency or had offseason surgery, which, as noted above, helps explain the selection of two safeties during the draft in April.
Thus, while Seahawks fans will be looking for updates on the recovery of Ziggy Ansah’s shoulder in the time between now and the start of the season, we now know there are a lot more members of the team whose situation bears watching.