When Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor had to be carried off the field on a stretcher on Sunday night due to a presumed neck injury, everyone was holding their breath. It looked like it could be worst-case scenario for the Seattle rookie. People remember (and don’t need to re-live) the Ricardo Lockette injury that ended his career.
But Monday afternoon, the news could not have been better for Taylor.
Pete Carroll with more positive tone when talking Darrell Taylor, whose MRIs were clear and didn't show significant neck damage, Pete says. Might be more of a shoulder issue, Pete says, adding that Darrell could possibly play against the Saints.— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) October 18, 2021
So it turns out that Taylor’s neck doesn’t appear to be the issue, which is a massive sigh of relief for both his short term and long term health. The fact that it’s even a possibility that he could play Monday after seeing Sunday’s events unfold is remarkable in itself.
Taylor was moving all of his extremities on Sunday night after being taken to the nearby Pittsburgh hospital, and was able to fly back with the team to Seattle after the game.
If Taylor really can get back on the field sooner rather than later, it will be a difference maker for the Seahawks group up front. Taylor has arguably been Seattle’s most effective pass rusher come up with four sacks, six QB hits and a forced fumble through the first six games of the season.