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Pete Carroll says Darrell Taylor could start season on NFI list

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Alabama Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

It seems as if every season a Seattle Seahawks early round draft pick is unable to make the start of his rookie season due to injury. In this unusual 2020, rest assured that there is some sense of normality.

Second-round selection Darrell Taylor, who figured to be one of Seattle’s key contributors on the defensive line, is still on the mend after surgery on his leg from back in January. With no practices under his belt and the regular season looming, Pete Carroll told media on Thursday that there’s a chance that Taylor may be placed on the non-football injury list (NFI).

Stress fractures are bad.

Originally I wrote (based off of Bell’s tweet) that Taylor would miss six games but it turns out he can’t return to the active roster until Seattle has played eight games. This update is important because it’s designed to bum you out some more. Taylor can practice after six weeks, but he won’t be available to play until the second half of the season.

Seattle’s defensive line has been widely panned as being one of the worst in the league on paper, but the hope was that Taylor would be an immediate contributor. Instead, if Taylor goes on NFI/reserve, we won’t see what he’s capable of for quite some time. Fellow rookie Alton Robinson has thankfully drawn rave reviews, so perhaps we may see him get some snaps sooner rather than later.

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