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Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on May 13, 2014 at 11:38 am with 96 Comments »
May 13, 2014 11:36 am

A quick note: I’m having ACL reconstruction surgery today. That means Dave Boling and others will be hitting the blog and rookie mini-camp, which starts this weekend.

There is no availability with the rookies until mini-camp Friday. In the interim, the blog will be monitored and maintained with any pertinent news by those folks.

Talk to you in a bit.

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  1. seahawkNJ says:

    Good luck bro…get well soon!

  2. Todds work will never be as quick and fluid as it’s been up until now. It’s all downhill from here.

  3. montanamike2 says:

    Good luck with your procedure Todd.

  4. Todd, Get Well Soon.

  5. Good luck and a speedy recovery to you!

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Wish for you a successful recovery Todd.

  7. SandpointHawk, you almost gave me a heart attack. I read, “Seahawks release long snapper.” I thought they had released Clint Gresham.

  8. chuck_easton says:

    Ok, I never knew the sports reporting business was so violent? Did Divish blind side you? Or was it Boling on a crack back?

  9. Best wishes on your recovery Todd.

  10. Southendzone says:

    I guess Kiper’s write up was write on Dybas coming out in the beat writer draft:

    “Stiff hips, injury prone, high motor guy, projects to the 3rd round , don’t discount the TnT as a possible landing spot”

    jokes aside, I hope you have a speedy & full recovery. Knee surgery sucks, I had torn meniscus done which I believe isn’t as bad as ACL and it wasn’t much fun.

  11. DFloydd says:

    Possible new nicknames for Mr. Todd Dybas:

    Tear-rible Todd
    Todd w/ 2 D’s & 1 knee
    Todd “This is what I get for being a Raiders fan” Dybas
    Mr. D and The Bum Knee

    All joking aside Mr. Dybas, I truly wish you a quick and 100% recovery.

  12. Ray_Maines says:

    Details Todd, we need details.

    Do your PT!

  13. snydro22 says:

    He’ll be able to write in a straight line, just hard to cut and paste.

  14. edstang45 says:

    Good luck Todd..May nurse Good body treat you well….

  15. RDPoulsbo says:

    Going through ACL surgery myself, my advice is for the month after surgery, keep a cooler next to the bed with breakfast in it and the pain meds nearby. That first time getting up out of bed in the morning in the first few weeks is incredibly bad. When you get up take the meds, with food from the cooler and let the meds kick in before trying to get up.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Todd – I’m just 2.5 months into my ACL reconstruction rehab. Couple pieces of advice that you were unlikely to get: 1 – Set an alarm about an hour before you plan on getting up and take your pain meds. The most painful time is when the blood rushes to the knee after laying down all night. You don’t want to deal with that waiting for the meds to take hold. 2 – Take your med before bed the first couple days. Once the dam begins to wear off after 24-36 hours you knee is going to be *on fire*. You don’t need that while trying to sleep. 3 – Be aggressive with your rehab. It’s your new job. Flexibility and movement as often as possible. It will pay off. Good luck and speedy recovery.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    RDPoulsbo – Didn’t see that. Totally agree

  18. Holy Buckets! How in THE Heck are so many of you non-athletes having ACL surgery?! Pickup B-ball?! Chasing Rugrats around?!

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Or posting from your phone while walking?

  20. jawpeace says:

    Sorry Todd good luck and speedy recovery. Duke is right about the blood rushing to it after laying for a while. YOOZA.

    Anyways Sherman reign as the top money CB did not last long. Hayden really took it to the Browns.
    “Haden signed a five-year, $68 million extension with Cleveland on Monday, the total value of the contract surpassing cornerback Richard Sherman’s four-year, $57 million agreement last week with the Seattle Seahawks. Haden’s contract runs through the 2019 season and includes $45 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. The package also contains a $14 million signing bonus.”

  21. Dukeshire says:

    STTBM – Rock climbing, for me.

  22. Haden is not better than Sherm. Maybe better athlete, but I would take Sherm at twice the price over Haden. Peterson will now want more money than Haden…the war continues, lol! Cards are gonna have to pay BIIIIG bucks for one non-qb position! Good! And while Petersen is perhaps the best athlete in football, he lacks the skill and passion of Sherman. He could be better than Sherm someday, but he aint there yet!

  23. Rock climbing is for tough guys! (I.E., not for me; I havent done that since college lol! Hope youre back climbing soon Dukeshire!)

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks! Got the green light last week to start easing back into it. Headed to Smith Rock weekend after this for a full test run.

    Haden is a stud, but I too would never swap Shem for him.

  25. Southendzone says:

    Duke, did you ever see that 60 minutes piece on this crazy free climber guy who doesn’t use ropes or anything? He just walks up to enormous cliffs and climbs up them?

    They showed his fingers and they are ridiculous, they’re like as big around as 2 or 3 normal fingers.

  26. wallinator says:

    Get well soon Todd! Check out the TNT’s own Todd Milles On the Double with The Double S Xpress from Monday at

  27. I bet Dybas was practicing his breakdancing moves when he tore his ACL! We all know he’s a famous B-Boy on the side…

  28. Have fun at the Rock Dukeshire, and dont overdo it!

  29. doubledink says:

    South, that was incredible. My sphincter puckered up just watching him.

  30. Dukeshire says:

    Southendzone – Alex Honnold. Oh yeah. He’s an amazing person. He’s famously known for his free solos, but that’s only a small part of how he climbs. He is next level as a climber. This is how he tours the country…

    Haha. To me, he’s so dialed in.

  31. Dukeshire says:

    STTBM – Thanks, bro.

    doubledink – Just type his name in YouTube and spend 15 minutes getting to know him. Worth it for sure.

  32. Ray_Maines says:

    If were 40 years younger, a foot taller, actually co-ordenated, motavited, blah, blah, blah…

    I can kind of, sort of, a little bit relate to the average awesome athlete, but there are people in the world that just arent the same as the reast of us. Michael Jorden and Evil Knievel come to mind. The rock climber guy is another such person.

  33. Ray_Maines says:

    Have you guys seen Russell Wilson & Richard Sherman’s NFL Draft Promo video on Field Gulls? It’s pretty cool.

  34. montanamike2 says:

    Wow are they ever hyping Johnny Football Ray. He hasn’t got anything to work with. Will the Browns ruin him?

  35. Audible says:

    Damn good thing we signed Sherman before Hayden got that contract.

  36. Duke – Is that Smith Rock in Redmond, OR? Love that place

  37. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Getting married Saturday and still haven’t received responses from Pete Carroll, Angry Doug , Sherm or Russelmania.. C’mon Man!!!!

  38. Hammajamma says:

    Leave Morning Glory for next time, Duke.

  39. Have a speedy recovery…

  40. MikeFromNJ – Have a great weekend! Don’t sweat the little things on your wedding day (that’s probably more for your bride). You can choose to have a great day or you can choose to let little things ruin your “perfect” day. Have a good one!

  41. Dukeshire says:

    LVHawk – Yep. Just north of Bend. It heaven.

  42. montanamike2 says:

    MikeFromNJ congratulations!

  43. RDPoulsbo says:

    I tore mine 5 years ago while skiing. It wasn’t until this season that I was able to get over the mental crutch and ski again without the massive knee brace. I could do just about everything else before that, so that mental block was strong. Coming down from the rock with a torn ACL must have been hell.

    Yeah, that rush of blood to the knee when it’s already filled with fluid is a horrific pain and even being loaded up on vicodin won’t help as much as you’d hope. Do any movement you can do once the doctor clears you and remember that it’s a long haul with the rehab.

  44. Todd Dybas says:

    Thanks for the advice, kind words and humor. They are appreciated.

    — Todd

  45. jawpeace says:

    I want to see Alex Honnold on American Ninja!

  46. princeaden says:

    Bring on some Boling please.

  47. TomlPDX says:

    Good luck with the surgery, Todd, and speedy recovery.

  48. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Thanks guys!

  49. SandpointHawk says:

    Breakfast with Boling sounds like a wonderful plan…

  50. Congrats MikeFromNewJersey!

  51. Palerydr says:

    Speaking from my own ACL surgery, which I had 24 yrs ago, do your rehab and start as soon as you can. I was up and walking 2 days after surgery and I did my rehab for 8 months religiously before I started participating in athletics again. An ancillary benefit is you will become your own source of changes in the weather, at least it is for me.

    Congrats to Mikefromnewjersey listen to Bobbys words of advice don’t sweat the small stuff, something is bound to go wrong, or not as planned and at the end of the day you’ll still be married. Enjoy!

  52. FleaFlicker says:

    Can’t wait for Todd’s Vicodin inspired tweets!

    Just kidding. Best of luck in the recovery process, Mr. Dybas. “Your health is your wealth” as my grandmother used to say.

  53. FleaFlicker says:

    montanamike: cool link. That would be a hell of a story to have a hearing impaired athlete on both sides of the ball. Remains to be seen if he can play, but his physical traits (6’6″, 294lbs., 4.9 forty) are up to standard. And the added bonus that he’ll probably never ever false start.

  54. Dukeshire says:

    Vicodin? Oxycodine is what they gave me. Makes Vicodin seem like child’s play. I had some of the coolest dreams (although I may have surpassed the recommended dosage…)

  55. Dukeshire says:

    Mike – Congrats indeed!

  56. Dukeshire says:

    Does Richardson remind anyone here of Deon Butler, or is it just me?

  57. Butler was the slowest supposedly fast player I’ve ever seen. Thankfully, I see more quickness and “juke” from the stuff I’ve watched of Richardson on YouTube stuff than I ever saw from Butler as a Seahawk.

  58. SandpointHawk says:

    Congratulations Mike…

  59. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Congrats Mike.

    Interesting jersey numbers issued to some of the rookies-

  60. Dukeshire–He reminds me a lot more of a tougher, more competitive DeSean Jackson or Mike Wallace, not Butler. Butler wasnt physical enough. Richardson likes to go over the middle and fight for tough catches, those other guys just wanna run deep routes…

    I agree, for all his underwear speed, Butler looked pedestrian onfield.

  61. Georgia–It will be fascinating to see what the VMAC can do for tweeners like Jeffcoat, Marsh, and Pierre-Louis. These oddbal talents are fun to speculate about..cant wait to see them play in preseason.

    When I was younger, I was bored with preseason; not so since I developed a penchant for playing armchair GM!

  62. chuck_easton says:

    Mine was only a meniscus repair, but what I wasn’t prepared for was waking up in the recovery room with that damn passive motion machine already bending and unbending the knee.

    Looking back, I’m glad the rehab started before I was a willing participant.

    And I agree, Todd. Anything you can do to minimize that not so wonderful feeling of blood rushing into the injury the better.

    When I shattered my heel a few years back I swear going from being on the couch to trying to go to the washroom brought me to tears. I started begging for Depends but my not so sympathetic better half just stood a few feet away with the crutches and reminded me it wouldn’t get better if I didn’t move like I was supposed to.

  63. chuck_easton says:

    Yes, I admit that I now can’t even qualify as a weekend warrior. My joy is coaching my son’s teams and watching him play.

    But after my not so stellar college baseball career ended, try being left handed 5’9″ limited power and your best position is 1st base, I did the whole weekend warrior thing. I do have a national championship Slow pitch trophy on my mantle, but if I talk about that I’d be no better than the 9rs fans and their ‘5 rings’. I won my trophy that same decade.

    So, I’ve had major shoulder surgery, 2nd clean up on the same shoulder, knee surgery, foot surgery, sports hernia surgery, and a shattered heel.

    The worst was the heel because they can’t do anything for it. As was explained to me the heel bone is like a hard boiled egg. Drop a hard boiled egg on the counter and what you get is exactly what happens with a calcaneus compaction fracture. My heel was in 10 pieces. The pieces are still attached just like the shell of a hard boiled egg. You can’t cast the break or your risk moving one of the pieces out of position. 3 weeks before I could get off the couch and graduate to crutches, another 12 weeks non weight bearing, and a year with a cane.

  64. Chuck–At least in Canada, you got your surgeries done. Some here in the States arent so lucky. Ive got a friend who blew his shoulder out in a college game, and neither his folks nor the college would pay for it…he would have had a shot at the majors, was guaranteed a minor league contract…but without the surgery, he was done. He’s nearly 40 now, and you can hear his shoulder make sickening noises when he rotates it…but the surgery was considered “optional”…what a crock!

    Glad you got most of your injuries fixed though. Man, you havent exactly been good to that body of yours, have you?!

  65. On a side note, I just watched highlight video’s of Norwood and Richardson. You can see Norwood is exactly the kind of guy Seattle wants to bring in–he ran a lot of the same routes we run with Kearse/Baldwin/Rice. He makes contested catches, is amazing at the scramble drill, somehow gets open despite mediocre speed, and is physical as hell. I like this kid, and I think he makes the team. Lockette is gone.

    Richardson is something else. I know its early and everyone thinks their teams draft picks will all be All Pro, but this kid can be better than DeSean! He not only gets open deep, he runs crossing routes, the slant, posts, etc. He likes to lower his shoulder and go down fighting, but he’s smart enough to play the angles and avoid hits too. This guy can be as big a weapon as Harvin–maybe bigger.

  66. Dukeshire says:

    STTBM – I hope you’re right and I do agree that he’s more physical. Just a surface observation.

  67. GeorgiaHawk says:

    On a side note?

    First time I ever read on a Seahawks blog that posting Seahawks info is a side note. Lol.

    BTW STTBM I agree with all of your side notes about our WRs.

    Here’s hoping for a speedy transition to the NFL by Richardson & a healthy year by Harvin.
    Can’t wait to see them on the field at the same time.

  68. chuck_easton says:


    I agree about Richardson and Norwood. Norwood being on the team is why I am also thinking Rice does stick with the team this year. He’s on a one year contract. If he is indeed healthy he is the perfect guy to teach Norwood the intricacies of NFL route running. Kearse would benefit from one more year of Rice’s mentorship as well.

    Rice seems like the type of guy that would put in the time to mentor the kid. He has said he’s already gotten paid. He’s here to help the team.

    We will see what next year brings but the WR group needs that veteran leadership this year. Harvin isn’t exactly the ‘leader’ type. Baldwin is still only in his fourth year, but he’s close to being a leader. The rest of the WR’s are all young.

  69. doubledink says:

    “Here’s hoping for a speedy transition…”

    Georgia, are you drinking already? It sounds like you’re raising a glass.

  70. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Thanks Guys

  71. Im sure he’s raising a glass of sparkling non-alcoholic beverage. Georgia has been the model commenter here lately; even when he’s pitching crap at someone, he’s funny and civil about it. I applaud him…

  72. SaigonSun says:

    Mike,congratulations. Wish you long and happy life together.
    Georgia,I saw and tried your steel reserve…it’s like taste buds suicide in a can. Even though the blackberry flavor is not that bad. It’s hard to find but, I’ll buy it again.
    Duke, sometimes I like you,but oxycodine? That explains a lot. Lol

  73. Chuck–A side note because this thread wasnt about them, and no one else was talking about the two WR’s, and I wanted to…Not all my tangents are so welcomed lol!

  74. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Me drink no more, Me have no more fun, but me may live longer so me can enjoy no more fun longer.


  75. Eh, you will have fun again Georgia! By the way, youre a total stud in my opinion for walking away from it. I salute you!

  76. EzraMelech says:

    @STTBM. I’ve been doing same/similar as you watching lots of film on our draft picks. As you said, I know everyone this time of year is “high” on their picks. Let me tell you though, I’d “almost” (key word being almost) be willing to bet my retirement that Norwood & Especially Richardson end up being significant contributors to the offense THIS year.

    It’s not only their talent, but a total trust in our coaching staff to “coach them up” and our veterans in the locker room to help them along that I make this bold statement. (Go ahead quote, I’ll either reap the accolades later for this prediction or take a beating) But i’m calling it now… I’ll even go out on a limb and make the suggestion this early that Richardson will be in the running for rookie of the year at some point during the season.

    All of this of course is IMH (not necessarily educated)O


  77. There are plenty worse things in life than giving up booze. Well done!

  78. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This thread has been going on for over 26 hours now.

    “Dave, come rescue us with one of your retro- Seahawks stories or something.”

    “Please don’t make me go over to field gulls again to get my Seahawks fix.
    They like to delete your comments too much & play big brother.”

    I do like some of their articles though, and boy how they can spit out the daily Seahawks links.

  79. GeorgiaHawk says:


    You’re not suggesting that I take down all my David DeCastro posters & stop stalking Wilson are you?
    That’s just not gonna happen, lol.

  80. Georgia–Lol!! I hear Wilson is single….just kidding! Man, I like DeCastro too…Im more pissed that we passed on Muhammad Wilkerson to take FatCarp though…what makes it worse is Seattle KNEW Wilkerson was gonna be good, they liked him–and they still gave the pick to Cable. Bleah!

    Yeah, Rob Staton is a total jerkoff. The guy thinks he’s some sort of personnel guru, yet his reasoning is quite often utterly illogical. Deleting comments he doesnt like all the time is obviously part of his power trip. What a douche!

  81. Ezra–Yep, I think Richardson will really force defenses to use two safeties deep, which should open things up considerably for Baldwin/Harvin, not to mention Lynch and Miller at TE…And Norwood will be a better player for us than Sidney Rice has been, at a fraction of the cost. He’s perfect for our offense.

    As ticked as I was to lose Tate, Im actually really excited to see Kearse get more opportunities, and to watch the rookies. This could shape up to be a fearsome WR corps…never thought I’d say that..

  82. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM, Staton isn’t part of field gulls. He runs his own blog.
    He is however(imo)too controlling at times like you said.

    I do enjoy most his articles though & in fact I posted one of his articles earlier on this thread.

  83. I thought he was on Field Gulls…maybe they just linked to one of his articles…Yeah, he’s not a bad writer, he just gets these ridiculous opinion pieces with anti-logic backing them up, then he freaks out when anyone points out he’s not using logic…

    I hate censored comments, unless they are truly out of line–ie, racist, sexist, homophobic, threatening, cruel, overly insulting, etc. Many of the comments that get deleted on Field Gulls and by Staton are simply disagreeing with the Party Line, or else pointing out inaccuracies in their articles.

    I have to say, in the last year or two Field Gulls has really improved their writing.

  84. TomlPDX says:

    Slave, Rob runs the draft blog. Field Gulls is a wealth of information, includes links to Rob’s stuff. He’s ok as are the guys that run Field Gulls.

    Chuck, this is scary…I’ve agreed with everything you’ve posted since draft day!

    Georgia…you rock, man!

  85. TomIPDX–We’ll just have to agree to disagree, lol!

  86. TomlPDX says:

    Just take him with a grain of salt. It’s just his opinion anyway.

  87. Anyone hear the rumor as to a behind the scenes rumor to Golden Tate being “allowed” to leave?

  88. UltimateHawk says:

    If anyone needs advice on Achilles surgeries, I’m an expert (right&left)…

  89. chuck_easton says:


    I heard the rumblings but not enough to repeat them. Just something about Tate and his ‘locker room presence’ and not being a team first guy.

    Didn’t want to enflame STTBM, but it is the real reason Tate is gone and Rice is still here.

  90. Chuck–You won’t inflame me; I’ve read a truly ugly rumor regarding why Tate left, one I refuse to repeat, as it was vicious and completely in fabricated.

    I don’t believe he was allowed to leave for anything other than football reasons; for all his good points, he still ran imprecise routes and rarely took a game over.

  91. Unsubstantiated.

  92. Southendzone says:

    oh please, if you have a crazy unsubstantiated rumor, what better place to post it than here?

    As far as Field Gulls, I find it to be a pretty good site. I browse it for content but don’t comment. So if they are draconian or jerky about editing comments I wouldn’t know.

    I like it in that there are a several people out there who put a ton of time into numbers, research, and general knowledge. I appreciate them having a forum to present their stuff.

  93. EzraMelech says:

    I agree that Tate was let go for football reasons. However, I also think we (being front office) didn’t try as hard as they could to keep him either. I think some of the things that have been mentioned factor into that. Did front office want to keep Tate? I believe they did, but only at right price.

    That right price I think was lower, because of some of the perceived negatives with Tate. I’ll put it this way, if the front office REALLY wanted to they could have matched Detroit’s offer. I just don’t think our front office valued him at that high of a number (and even if some won’t admit it) part of how he is valued is NOT just on the field stuff, but locker room stuff IE, personality, leadership, etc etc etc.

    My2CentsWorth Anyway….

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