One of the most talked about topics of the offseason among Seattle Seahawks fans has been the status of the recovery of Will Dissly. Dissly, of course, suffered a torn patellar tendon against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4 of his rookie season, and immediately went on injured reserve. Friday on KIRO (710 ESPN) fellow tight end Nick Vannett shed some light on where Dissly stands in terms of his recovery during an interview.
Nick Vannett on 710 talks Wil Dissly and his injury. He said because Graham and Dissly suffered the same injuries on the same timeline he compares the two. Said compared to Graham he’s way further along, moving around, light running, while Graham didn’t until training camp.— LJ Chaney (@pacificscouting) June 7, 2019
Dissly being further along makes sense, as Dissly suffered his injury nearly two full months earlier during the year than Jimmy Graham. Specifically, Dissly injured his patellar tendon on September 30, while Graham was injured on November 29. Thus, it is logical that Dissly should be in front of where Graham was heading into training camp and the next season.
That said, Graham started all but one game in 2016 and played in all sixteen games that season. Thus, it would seem logical that with Dissly appearing to be ahead of Graham in his recovery that it may not be unrealistic to expect Dissly to be available for every game of the season. Granted Graham played sparingly in his 2016 debut, logging only 17 snaps in Week 1 after not appearing in any of the team’s preseason games. However, with Dissly appearing to be a couple months ahead of Graham in terms of recovery, it won’t be surprising to see Dissly dipping his toes in the water during the 2019 preseason.
So, with nearly seven more weeks until training camp opens in late July, it is important to note that Graham was placed on the physically unable to perform list to open training camp, and did not begin practicing for roughly a week and a half after camp opened. Thus, it would not be a surprise if Dissly also opened training camp on the PUP list for a number of days in order for the team to make completely sure he is on track to be healthy and ready for the season.