During the offseason the Seattle Seahawks went about strengthening an already potent offense by adding multiple offensive weapons for Russell Wilson. Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was signed before free agency even opened, and then the Hawks also added former first round pick Phillip Dorsett from the New England Patriots in March. Add in the team keeping both wide receiver David Moore and tight end Jacob Hollister on restricted free agent contracts, and the list of weapons the Seahawks had at their disposal heading into the 2020 season was considerable.
That’s before even taking Josh Gordon into consideration, as Gordon was signed by Seattle during the final week of training camp, with hopes of a pending reinstatement by the NFL. Both Gordon and the Seahawks are still awaiting reinstatement, and on Monday Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated that Gordon isn’t the only receiver that is unlikely to see the field soon for the Hawks.
Pete Carroll says Phillip Dorsett "is not doing well'' and says he's not ready to return anytime soon.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 2, 2020
That, of course, is not welcome news for fans who had hoped the Seahawks could use Dorsett’s speed as yet another deep threat, but is not exactly unexpected for those who are familiar with foot injuries. The team has been vague regarding the specifics of Dorsett’s injury, and many fans were certain that Dorsett would not miss significant time due to the injury when Field Gulls asked the question back in August. However, as the 2020 season reaches its midpoint and Dorsett has yet to see the field for a single snap, the possibility of him missing the entirety of the 2020 season certainly appears to be increasing as the injury continues to bother him.
In any case, with DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Moore taking care of the team’s needs at the receiver position, and Freddie Swain and Penny Hart providing depth, there is no urgent need for the services of Dorsett. That, of course, could change on a moment’s notice through injuries or positive COVID tests, however, those are items that are largely out of the control of the team. What that means is that fresh off a victory over the last place San Francisco 49ers and preparing for a road trip to take on the first place Buffalo Bills, all the can do is continue to control what they can control. For the Seahawks, at least at this point in time, that does not appear to include plans for a return from injured reserve for Dorsett anytime soon.