Monday reports emerged that the Seattle Seahawks had agreed to bolster their defensive line by securing the return of Branden Jackson, who started three games for the team in 2019. However, later in the day it became apparent that bringing back Jackson may not have simply been to improve depth after trimming the roster down to 80 players, as the Hawks also moved two defensive linemen to the Non-Football Injury list while waiving a third.
Seahawks today also put rookie defensive lineman Josh Avery on waivers with a non-football injury, and put Colby Parkinson, Darrell Taylor and Marcus Webb on the non-football injury list.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 3, 2020
It was known that fourth round pick Colby Parkinson had suffered a Jones Fracture back in June, so him starting camp on the NFI list is not all that unexpected. However, with the team waiving undrafted free agent defensive lineman Josh Avery and moving both second round pick Darrell Taylor and undrafted free agent Marcus Webb to the NFI list comes as a bit of a surprise.
Any kind of injury which prevents a player from passing a physical can land them on NFI to start camp. Thus, hopefully whatever injuries landed these players there, hopefully they are minor and won’t cause the players to miss too much time. With Training camp set to get into full swing in the coming days, more information on their injuries and why they are starting their careers on the NFI list should come known, and Field Gulls will work to keep fans informed as things develop through training camp.