John Schneider and Pete Carroll are at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week, and while they’re primarily there to look at potential draft targets for the Seattle Seahawks, we did get some notable updates on players who finished 2019 on injured reserve.
The Seahawks general manager told media on Tuesday that both running back Chris Carson and tight end Will Dissly should be all systems go for Week 1 of the 2020 regular season.
“I don’t know why he wouldn’t be [ready for the start of the season],” Schneider said about Dissly. “I don’t have a reason to say that he wouldn’t be at this point. He’s doing a great job with his rehab.”
Dissly ruptured his Achilles in Seattle’s win over the Cleveland Browns in mid-October. He was shaping up for a truly outstanding second season after his rookie year ended in a ruptured patella tendon. He was ready for Week 1 of last season so it’s good to see that he looks to be on course to be ready for this year.
Schneider also revealed that new TE Greg Olsen is going to wear #88, so Dissly will have another number the next time you see him on the field. In exchange for getting his familiar uniform number, Olsen donated money to Will’s charity, which is great to see.
As for the running back situation, Seattle was so decimated that Marshawn Lynch had to be brought back in emergency after Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson, and CJ Prosise all suffered season-ending injuries in a two-week span. Penny had the most serious injury with a torn ACL (among other structural damage), followed by Carson’s cracked hip and Prosise’s broken arm. Schneider was optimistic about CJ and Chris, not so much on Penny.
“I don’t know with Rashaad [Penny] if day one he’s going to be ready to go,” Schneider said. “I can’t tell you that, but CJ [Prosise] and Chris [Carson] yeah. But CJ is [an unrestricted free agent] so...”
Let’s not kid ourselves, Prosise doesn’t have a future with the Seahawks. There’s a good chance Carson won’t feature much (if at all) in the preseason, so they’ll need some more backs alongside Travis Homer when training camp starts.
Pete Carroll’s own presser noted that Rashaad Penny is a potential PUP candidate given the severity of his knee injury, the time he got hurt (December), and the length of his recovery.
Oh yes, and as far as Marshawn Lynch? The door has not been shut on that possibility of re-signing him, but nothing is certain there.
You can see the full press conference below.