The Seattle Seahawks won an absolute thriller on Sunday Night Football against the New England Patriots, which moved the team to 2-0 and kept pace in the red hot NFC West. However, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, signed as a free agent from the Patriots in the offseason didn’t play a single snap for the second straight week due to a foot injury that has bothered him since training camp.
Now, as the Hawks prepare to face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3, it’s become known that Dorsett won’t set foot on the field for Seattle anytime soon per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
The #Seahawks are placing WR Phillip Dorsett on injured reserve, source said. It’ll give Dorsett some time for his ailing foot to get calmed down. He’s eligible to return in three weeks.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 22, 2020
Seattle has been hit with injuries thus far in the season, with Bruce Irvin and Marquise Blair also expected to land on injured reserve at some point in the coming days following knee injuries suffered in the victory over the Pats.
At least for the Seahawks, Dorsett has not been a key component of the offense to this point in the season, with the team performing fine so far with DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, David Moore and Freddie Swain filling out the receiver rotation. With Penny Hart also on the active roster and having been active in each of the first two games while only logging a single snap, it won’t be a surprise if the Hawks don’t fill Dorsett’s spot on the roster with another receiver.
The team typically carries five wide receivers, and if they are comfortable with the five left on the roster, there’s no rush to add another body at the position. And, just as I hit publish I saw that Pelissero had also reported that the team promoted CB Linden Stephens from the practice squad to fill the spot left vacant by Dorsett.
Stephens will fill the hole in the secondary left by the loss of Marquise Blair in the secondary.