As the calendar slowly makes it way towards the end of June, the arrival of July and NFL training camps are right around the corner. Fans of the Seattle Seahawks have been expecting third year running back Rashaad Penny to start training camp, and likely the season, on the physically unable to perform list. However, it now appears Penny is likely to be joined on the PUP list, at least during training camp, by the Hawks fourth round pick, tight end Colby Parkinson out of Stanford.
#Seahawks fourth-round pick TE Colby Parkinson suffered a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot while running a route this offseason, source said. The Stanford product had surgery on the Jones fracture on June 2 and has been in Seattle rehabbing the ailment.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 19, 2020
Parkinson becomes the second receiving threat in as many days to have been reported to have suffered a Jones fracture, as reports had wide receiver Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers suffering a Jones fracture earlier this week. The recovery timeline for a Jones fracture can vary, however, ten weeks is typically considered the minimal timeframe for a return with full healing. Ten weeks from June second would be August 11, or two weeks into the Seahawks training camp. Thus any recovery which takes longer than ten weeks would likely eat greatly into Parkinson’s training camp. With padded practices in camp already greatly reduced this season under the new CBA, this could be another example of a young player missing valuable reps during camp, leading to a lower level of contribution than many have likely hoped for as a rookie.
In any case, the Seahawks have significant depth at the tight end position, with Greg Olsen, Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson and Will Dissly, though all of them have battled injuries at times during their NFL careers, and things at the positions just got a little more interesting.