Wednesday Field Gulls own Tyler Alsin provided a very good roundup of the members of the Seattle Seahawks who suffered injuries during the 2019 season and provided a good overview of what to expect in terms of their recoveries going forward. Of course, barely two hours after his piece was published, Tom Pelissero provided an update on the status of Hawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, who suffered a broken foot in the playoff loss against the Green Bay Packers.
#Seahawks DL Quinton Jefferson suffered a standard Jones fracture in Sunday’s playoff loss and will have surgery with Dr. Robert Anderson, source said. That’s an eight-week recovery, which means he’ll be healthy before free agency begins in March.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 15, 2020
Jefferson had a blistering start to the 2019 season, twice sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the season opener, but then not registering another sack until Week 12. He added a second two sack performance in the playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, but his night against the Packers was cut short by the foot injury.
As such, Jefferson will have surgery and hopefully be healthy in time to visit teams for workouts when free agency opens in March. As a tweener without a true position on the interior or outside on the defensive line, Jefferson might find his market lukewarm. That said, for someone who was once out of football and working for Best Buy, whatever he makes as a free agent this offseason will almost certainly exceed what he would have made had he stayed away from football.
Best of luck to QJeff in his recovery, and while I’m certain many fans would love to have him back, if he finds significant wealth in free agency, I won’t begrudge him for taking care of his family.