Skip to main content
Presented by

"Everything Went Great" With Tariq Woolen's Surgery & Other Seahawks Injury Updates 

Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll following Thursday’s OTAs.


The Seahawks have been without Tariq Woolen during organized team activities the past two weeks, and on Thursday Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave an update on the Pro-Bowl cornerback.

And the good news is that Woolen, who was in attendance for Thursday's OTA though not participating, is expected back for training camp.

"It was really an unusual occurrence," Carroll said. "He didn't have a play where he got hurt, he was in between plays, getting ready to go get lined up, and he felt something. It wasn't bad, then before the play started, he sat down; he felt something was wrong. Fortunately, everything went great, he's getting around terrific already. It's hopefully a four-to-six-week type of a deal. His attitude has been great. He never really accepted it when it happened, and it was such a weird occurrence. He just took it in stride and has been really positive about it. We should be able to get him back soon."

When it comes to longer-term recoveries, safety Jamal Adams (quadriceps tendon) and linebacker Jordyn Brooks (ACL) continue to progress, but a timetable is not yet known for their returns. Carroll said both players should be at minicamp next week, and that both are still eyeing a return before the start of the season, though it's not yet known for sure if that will happen.

"He sounds good," Carroll said when asked about Adams. "I talked to him just a couple of days ago. (VP of player affairs) Mo Kelly went down and saw those guys yesterday, visited with he and Jordyn. Everything is moving along. We don't have timeframes—we won't really know for another good six weeks, eight weeks or something like that to see how far they've come. They both have their eyes set on getting back and getting ready to go for the season. Whether they can make it, we'll find out."

The progress has been slower for nose tackle Bryan Mone, who tore his ACL late last season.

"It's been a little bit up and down for him," Carroll said. "It hasn't been quite as forward-moving as some of the recoveries. He's a huge guy, 360 pounds, so it's harder on him than it is on the other guys. He's working really hard, he's been here the whole time, and he's dedicating himself to it. We're hoping he'll make it back, we're counting on him."

Asked about first-round picks Devon Witherspoon and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who were both limited to start OTAs due to lingering offseason hamstring issues, Carroll said both are making good impressions, though Smith-Njigba is able to do a bit more in practice at this stage of things.

"Jaxon, he's a little bit ahead of Spoon in that he's doing a little bit more now," Carroll said. "You saw Jaxon had full-speed reps today. These guys have been getting all of the walkthrough periods, they're accumulating tons of plays, it's a big part of this format for us. So those guys are really getting the learning done, I'm not worried about that at all. Spoon is not quite ready to really push it. He's had a ton of work though, and both of these guys have looked great. They both have shown their awareness, their comfort with the game and understanding—they make it look right. It's been really easy to tell that from what we've gotten done. But I think next week, and even tomorrow, we'll see more out of Spoon, and then we'll just keep going—if it all worked out OK today with Jaxon, we're in good shape to keep adding on."

Right tackle Abraham Lucas has also been limited in offseason workouts, the result of offseason shoulder surgery, Carroll said. Lucas should be ready for camp, however.

"His shoulder is recovering," Carroll said. "He had offseason surgery, and he's doing great. His strength is almost all the way back. There's no hesitation in our thinking that he'll make it back. He's doing all the work, he's getting all the walkthrough stuff and all of that."

Tight end Will Dissly, who finished last season on injured reserve with what Carroll described as an unusual knee injury, did not end up needing surgery, and has worked without limitations in offseason workouts.

"He feels he's absolutely back," Carroll said. "He had a great offseason working out with his guys, he has great support down there, and he had an incredibly effective recovery. He's doing great."

The Seahawks completed their fifth OTA session of the offseason on June 1, 2023 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash.

Related Content