On Monday Pete Carroll updated fans on the status of tight end Ed Dickson, who may or may not need surgery on his knee according to Carroll. That update came barely 48 hours after the Seattle Seahawks released Tyrone Swoopes and Justin Johnson with injury designations in order to make room to sign Jackson Harris and Wes Saxton.
However, those aren’t the only four members of the tight end room that have battled, or are battling, injuries so far in training camp. According to Carroll on Monday, Jacob Hollister, who was acquired from the New England Patriots for a seventh round pick back in the spring is also working through injury.
Hollister has a groin issue and Rasheem Green an elbow issue.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 5, 2019
So, while “groin issue” could be a simple strain that requires no more than a few days of rest to be back to full speed, it could also develop into something more serious, like was seen from C.J. Prosise last season. After battling a groin injury for much of 2018 that eventually landed him on injured reserve, Prosise had offseason abdominal surgery. Whether the surgery and the groin issue were related, there hasn’t been any statement from the team, but it’s not uncommon for players favoring one injury to see a new injury pop up as a result.
In any case, we should know more about the severity of the injuries in the coming days, as the Seahawks prepare to take on the Denver Broncos to open the preseason on Thursday. In any case, if the Hawks have to turn to the youngsters that were added to the roster over the weekend to play tight end on Thursday, things could be even uglier than a typical preseason opener. That said, don’t be surprised if the team calls on George Fant, because depending on how the injury situation plays out, Fant might prove to be the second most experienced tight end to dress for the game.