Doctors at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas performed successful neck surgery on Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette Monday. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days, but will be up and moving as soon as Tuesday, and his neurological signs are all positive.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll couldn’t provide a detailed update on Lockette Monday because the receiver was still in surgery when Carroll addressed the media. Carroll did, however, say he had talked to Lockette’s father before the surgery, which will help stabilize damaged to his neck that occurred on a hit in Sunday’s game at Dallas, and that Lockette is in good spirits.
“We don’t have any updates on the results of the surgery for Ricardo Lockette,” Carroll said. “He’s still in surgery. He’s comfortable and everything’s going fine. It’s a long surgery, so we’ll find out later.”
In addition to members of his family and Seahawks medical and P.R. staffs, Lockette’s visitors at Baylor University Medical Center have included Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and left tackle Russell Okung, both of whom stayed behind with their teammate after the team returned to Seattle Sunday night.
“We are really grateful that our medical staff and the emergency staff at the stadium, the medical staff of the Cowboys and also Baylor Hospital were able to really jump at the cause and take great care of him,” Carroll said. “We’re all very hopeful and grateful that they were wanting everything work out great for him and thankful that they did such a good job taking care of him. I did talk to his dad before surgery, and he’s in good spirits and all of that and ready to get right and turn the corner on his recovery and get him going.”
The injury will end Lockette’s 2015 season, but Carroll said it is too soon to know about his long-term prognosis for playing. In the short-term, Lockette, who had feeling in all extremities after regaining consciousness, should be up and moving around soon after the surgery, but will stay in Dallas for about a week, “just to make sure that he’s OK before he leaves, but he’ll be up and moving right away is what they say.”
Lockette’s injury, which happened just before halftime, called on the Seahawks to maintain their composure, and while players were able to do that in a 13-12 victory, they are still coming to terms with the injury a day later, Carroll said.
“It’s caring,” Carroll said. “The emotional part of losing one of our guys, and knowing that he has to go through major surgery and all of that, it’s just very personal to us. That’s all. I think it’s like a family feeling, what happens when someone in your family gets sick, or whatever. Our guys responded in that way. They were very focused to continue to play and the game and all of that, which we found out by the way they played in the second half, and today they’re just concerned for him and his welfare.”
In less serious injury news, Carroll said tight end Luke Willson has a sprained ankle. Defensive end Cliff Avril also had a sore ankle but, “seemed to be in pretty good shape today.” Receiver Chris Matthews, who left the game with an ankle injury, is OK, Carroll said. With the bye week, the Seahawks should return to practice next week mostly healthy, including the return of cornerback Jeremy Lane, who is on the physically unable to perform list because of knee and arm injuries suffered in the Super Bowl.
“With an extra week we should be in really good shape coming back,” Carroll said. “This will be a time for us to see Jeremy Lane have a chance to come back to the practice field when we get back. We’ll look forward to that and see where that fits; we’ll have to figure it out day to day. We’re going to be pretty strong going into the second half.”
Carroll also said receiver Paul Richardson “will be strictly into it now,” after returning to practice last week. “The week he had this week, and now the off week, then coming back, he’ll be part of the rotation. We’re looking forward to it.”
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