INDIANAPOLIS—The Seahawks are focused this week on evaluating potential picks in next month's NFL draft, but another important part of their 2017 season will be how players currently rehabbing injuries are able to bounce back next season.
General manager John Schneider met with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine Wednesday, and provided a few updates on those players recovering from injuries and surgeries. As of now the most significant concern appears to be the status of starting cornerback DeShawn Shead, who tore his ACL in Seattle's playoff loss to Atlanta.
Schneider said Shead is "crushing his rehab," but when asked if Shead would be ready for the start of the season, Schneider said, "For the start of the season, I wouldn't think so. It's an ACL, late (in the season)"
Schneider wouldn't completely rule out the idea of Shead making it back for the beginning of the year, however.
"DeShawn's a great kid," Schneider said. "He's got really strong faith, you'd want him to be your son, you know what I mean? His mindset is like, 'Hey, I'm going.' I say he's not going to be there right away, that's just me. He probably thinks he's going to. He's crushing his rehab right now."
Asked if Shead's injury makes cornerback more of an offseason need, Schneider said it could, but that the injury wouldn't change the evaluation process this week.
"It pushes it up, but not at the combine," Schneider said. "We're evaluating everybody, so it's just a matter of watching to see how free agency goes."
After safety Kam Chancellor indicated last month, via Instagram, that he had surgery on his ankles, Schneider confirmed that news, saying the surgeries "went well."
Safety Earl Thomas and receiver Tyler Lockett are both "doing great" in their recoveries from broken legs, Schneider said.
"Those guys are doing great," Schneider said. "Tyler is an amazing kid, Earl's doing great. Tyler's up there (in Seattle) right now, Earl's coming back for a checkup in the next month."
Photos of Seahawks general manager John Schneider meeting with the media on Wednesday, March 1 at the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.