Someone in the blog comments section asked for an injury update on all the players still with the team that finished the season in the injured reserve list, so I thought I would provide that information today.
OT James Carpenter – Injury: Carpenter suffered a nasty ACL tear in his left knee at practice on Nov. 16 during a pass-blocking drill. Carpenter had surgery on Nov. 24 and missed the final seven games of the year. Prognosis: ACL tears can take 10-12 months to recover from, so Carpenter likely will not be ready for the beginning of training camp at the end of July, and could start the beginning of the regular season in September on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. There’s also been some talk of the team moving Carpenter to left guard once he returns, but that’s just speculation at this point. Right now, Seattle is focused on getting him healthy. “That would be overly optimistic,” Schneider said, when asked if Carpenter would be ready for training camp. “I would personally guard against it.”
DE Dexter Davis – Injury: Davis had a nagging hip injury during training camp that never got better, so he went on season-ending injured reserve after playing in Seattle’s first regular-season game at San Francisco. Prognosis: Davis should be full-go for the beginning of OTAs and is projected to compete for playing time at LEO behind Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin. Davis showed flashes of being a dynamic pass rusher off of the edge before his injury, and the Seahawks have high hopes for him. “We thought Dexter was going to come in and do a great job for us and he couldn’t get over that hip,” Schneider said. “He’s doing a great job now. We’re excited to have him back in that pass rushing mix.”
WR Kris Durham – Injury: Durham was placed on the season-ending injured reserve on Nov. 8 to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder from a preexisting injury he had from his college playing days at Georgia. Prognosis: A fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Durham should be ready to go for Seattle’s off-season workouts, and is expected to compete for time at split end with Mike Williams, Ricardo Lockette, Ben Obomanu, Deon Butler and others. “Kris was actually a guy that came in with the shoulder issues and so it was just the appropriate time (to get them fixed),” Schneider said. “He needed to get stronger anyway – so we felt like it was the appropriate time to move forward with him, and we ended up doing the same thing with Sidney (Rice) later on,” Schneider said.
DE/LB Jameson Konz – Injury: Konz suffered an ACL tear to his knee in his first game being active at the New York Giants on Oct. 9, and was placed on the injured reserve on Oct. 17. Prognosis: An elite athlete, I wouldn’t be surprised if Konz is a quick healer as well. Schneider did not indicate if Konz would be ready for off-season workouts, but he said when healthy Konz will compete for time at the Leo position, and the coaching staff is looking forward to getting him out on the field. “They’re excited about Jameson,” Schneider said. “I really hope it works out for him. He’s had a real rough go.”
QB Tarvaris Jackson – Injury: Jackson suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle against the N.Y. Giants on Oct. 9, but only missed a week of playing time, toughing out the injury and playing the rest of the year. Prognosis: There was a possibility that Jackson would have to have surgery to repair his pectoral muscle after the season was over, but Schneider indicated that surgery was not needed and Jackson should be full-go for Seattle’s offseason program.
LB Matt McCoy – Injury: McCoy suffered a serious knee injury covering a punt against Atlanta on Oct. 2 when fellow linebacker Aaron Curry ran into him while both were trying to make a tackle. McCoy went on the season-ending injured reserve on Oct. 4. Prognosis: McCoy recently signed a one-year deal to re-join the Seahawks, has passed a physical with the team and should be full-go once OTAs begin.
OG John Moffitt – Injury: Moffitt suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Baltimore on Nov. 13. He had surgery to repair his knee on Nov. 24. Prognosis: All indications are that Moffitt will be ready to go once training camp begins in July. “John Moffitt is working out hard now, so he should be in good shape,” Pete Carroll said. “So we’re not too far off there.”
OT Russell Okung – Injury: Okung suffered a torn pectoral muscle on the right side of his body against Philadelphia on a cheap shot by Trent Cole on Dec. 1. Prognosis: Torn pectoral muscles can take four to six months to recover from after surgery, so I believe the expectation is for Okung to be limited during off-season workouts with the hope that he’ll be ready to go for training camp. “He’s coming along great,” Schneider said.
WR Sidney Rice – Injury: Rice was placed on the season-ending injured reserve on Nov. 30 after suffering concussions in two games over a three-week period. Rice missed the first two games of the year with a partially torn labrum, and also landed on the injury report in 2011 with foot and knee issues. Prognosis: Seattle general manager confirmed that Rice had surgeries on both shoulders during the offseason to repair torn labrums, and the hope is that Rice will enter the 2012 season the healthiest he’s been as a pro. Rice is expected to be limited during off-season workouts, but full-go once training camp begins at the end of July.
LB Barrett Ruud – Injury: Carroll said that Rudd is still recovering from groin, knee and shoulder injuries that landed him on the season-ending injured reserve after nine games in his only season with Tennessee. Prognosis: Ruud will take it easy during OTAs while he still recovers from those injuries, but is expected to be healthy by the time training camp begins in July. “I’ve played a lot of football, and I know how to play,” Ruud said. “And I can still play at a high level. I feel great now and should be healthy in another month or so.”
CB Walter Thurmond – Injury: Thurmond suffered a broken fibula while trying to break up a pass on a deep ball against Cleveland on Oct. 23 and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve. Prognosis: Thurmond recently suffered a setback, requiring a second surgery to repair his leg, and could start training camp on the PUP list. “Walter’s had a rough go,” Schneider said. “He’s had some bad luck with his injuries. He’s a great guy, a good player, so hopefully he’s progressing. We’ll see how fast he can progress.”
DB Marcus Trufant – Injury: After four games, Trufant was placed on he season-ending injured reserve on Oct. 17. Initially the injury was reported as bruised sacrum. But as team doctors evaluated the injury further it turned out to be related to a disk issue that Trufant has been dealing with since 2009. Prognosis: The Seahawks released Trufant and he tested the free agent market, making a trip to Denver. But ultimately Trufant decided to return to the familiarity of Seattle and signed a one-year deal to remain with the Seahawks. He’s expected to be healthy for OTAs.
WR Mike Williams – Injury: Williams suffered a broken ankle Dec. 18 at Chicago and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve. Williams also dealt with a nagging toe injury, knee and hamstring issues last season. Prognosis: Williams indicated through twitter that he recently that ran for the first time, so he likely will be limited in OTAs with the hope he can get healthy for the beginning of training camp. “Mike was banged up a lot,” Schneider said. “He had a really bad toe injury that he was trying to play through and he needed an offseason, but we had the lockout. I think that was probably the difference. He had a really impressive summer the year before.”