INDIANAPOLIS—While the Seahawks, like any NFL team, dealt with their share of injuries during the 2018 season, they should be pretty healthy when they return to action with offseason workouts this spring.
“We’re very fortunate that we go into the offseason in pretty good shape,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday from the NFL Scouting Combine. “The guys are working hard enough and we’re counting on everybody to be back in May.”
One player who won’t be at full speed for offseason workouts, however, is tight end Will Dissly, whose rookie season ended in Week 4 due to a torn patellar tendon.
“There’s nothing that’s really in question other than the timeline for Will Dissly, we’ve just got to wait him out,” Carroll said. “He’s doing great and he’s working like crazy and all that, but he’s going to take a little longer than the other guys… Most everybody should be back and raring to go by the time we get on the field.”
Also recovering from surgery—multiple surgeries, actually—is receiver Doug Baldwin, who had shoulder and knee operations following the season, Carroll said.
“He’s making progress, working at it hard,” Carroll said. “He’s working at the facility regularly. His spirits are good about it. He’s got some work to do, he’s got a shoulder and a knee thing that he’s working on. He got some stuff fixed up.”
The 2018 season was a difficult one for Baldwin, who missed three games due to injury and was battling through various injuries for just about every one of the 13 games he was able to play in.
“He had a really frustrating year,” Carroll said. “We went through it side by side. It was so difficult to watch him have to go through it. He was such a gallant warrior about fighting through the stuff. Everything he had, he beat the timelines by halves. It was tough—he couldn’t practice the way we like him to and the way he wants to—it was frustrating for him, just the whole thing was. The fact that he finished up and made some big plays for us and did some good stuff at the end of the season was really rewarding, but not enough for his expectations and all that, so it was a hard year for him.”
Asked about guard Jordan Simmons, whose season was cut short by a knee injury, and safety Delano Hill, who went on injured reserve late in the year with a hip injury, Carroll said, “They’re both doing fine. As a matter of fact, I saw Jordan a couple of days ago. He looks great, really positive, upbeat. Those guys are doing fine.”
Seahawks general manager spoke with the media in Indianapolis on the first day of the NFL scouting combine.