Monday marked the first day the Seahawks could get on a football field since the 2019 season came to an end, and anything resembling real football is still a couple of weeks away, but a very encouraging development for Seattle's offense has already taken place early in training camp.
Tight end Will Dissly, who ruptured his Achilles last October, passed his physical upon reporting to training camp. The third-year tight end, who also overcame a serious injury after his rookie season having torn his patellar tendon in 2018, won't be full-go right away in camp, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, but the progress he has made so far has been impressive.
"Will had an incredible offseason," Carroll said Monday on a video press conference. "He worked out in L.A., the group that he worked out with told me that he had nine months with them. He spent nine months working out on a real rigid schedule, and he didn't miss one minute of one day in nine straight months. They said they've never seen anybody do that before, and the benefits of it is that he comes in passes his physical. So we're thrilled about Will's process, but then again because of the way he has been, I'm not surprised that somebody would say that he's been the hardest worker, the most diligent, grittiest guys that they've ever seen come through the program. That that means that we'll still take care of Will as we start camp, but he did pass his physical. We'll look after him to make sure that we don't come along too fast. Will's a really great product of learning in the system and all that, he knows what he's doing, and he'll be a factor as soon as we cut him loose. But in the meantime, we want to make sure to take care of him. He did everything a guy could possibly do, so we're thrilled about his process."
As was expected, running back Rashaad Penny opens camp on the physically unable to perform list due to the knee injury that landed him on injured reserve late in the season. Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Carroll both said earlier in the offseason that Penny, who tore his ACL in December, would likely begin camp on the PUP list and could open the season on that list as well, in which case he'd miss the first six games of the season.
Penny has not yet joined the team in Seattle but rather stayed back home to continue rehabbing as players spent the past week testing for COVID-19 and taking part in virtual team meetings. Penny will join the team later this week, Carroll said. "He's coming in on Thursday, we didn't think we needed to rush him in because he's still rehabbing. He'll come in Thursday for Friday, and he'll start his process of reconnecting with us on Friday… We're anxious to get back. He's working out really hard the reports are really strong that he's doing well, but we have not had him in our building for a while now, so this will be our first chance."
In addition to placing Penny on the PUP list, the Seahawks also placed tight end Colby Parkinson, defensive end Darrell Taylor and defensive end Marcus Webb on the non-football injury list. Those three rookies all count towards the active roster.
Rookie defensive end Josh Avery, who signed as an undrafted free agent in May, was waived with a non-football injury designation.
Seahawks players began taking their physicals at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Saturday, August 1. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.