We had a chance to talk to Seattle Seahawks tight end John Carlson about his shoulder injury this afternoon.
Carlson said he injured the shoulder during Saturday’s practice after Seattle’s first preseason game against San Diego.
“I dove for the ball on one-on-ones, and I think the initial injury was there,” he said. “And I think later in practice I aggravated it blocking.”
Carlson said initially team trainers thought he could avoid surgery by rehabbing and strengthening his shoulder. But when the injury did not get better, he ultimately had to make the choice to have surgery.
“The decision was kind of made by my shoulder,” Carlson said. “It kind of resolved itself by not coming along as far as we wanted it to. Obviously I’m very disappointed. But that’s where my shoulder is, and I need to get it fixed and start the rehab process.”
Carlson said the decision was made tougher by the fact that he felt like he was in top shape heading into the season.
“I’m disappointed obviously,” he said. “I felt like I had a great offseason of training. And so our offseasons are normally devoted to OTAs and training camps, and those things are great for developing offenses, but the individual training is sometimes lacking, and I felt like I had a great offseason in that respect.
“So I’m really disappointed to have to miss this year, and we have some great weapons offensively. But that’s the way it is, and that’s where I’m at right now.”
The reason the Seahawks brought back receivers Patrick Williams and Chris Carter is because the team’s top three receivers did not practice today due to injuries. Sidney Rice (shoulder), Ben Obomanu (shoulder) and Mike Williams (toe) watched from the sidelines during practice.
With those guys out, along with Isaiah Stanback (hamstring), Kris Durham and Golden Tate were Seattle’s starting receivers with the first unit.
And those two, along with Ricardo Lockette, made some plays today.
But Lockette deserves mention because of a spectacular, circus-catch he made on a deep ball against double coverage. With Brandon Browner and Earl Thomas closing in, Lockette went up high and somehow snatched a ball out of the air that was first deflected by Thomas, trapping it on Thomas’ shoulder as he fell to the ground.
Of course, a few plays later Lockette dropped an easy pass over the middle on an in route. His inconsistent play is one of the reasons he has not moved further up the depth chart.
Cornerback Walther Thurmond had a nice interception against Tate during one-on-one in the end zone on a fade route.
And cornerback Richard Sherman had an interception against Lockett during team drills.
Breno Giacomini had another strong day sharing reps with James Carpenter at right tackle, while the rookie continues to struggle in pass protection against veterans like Raheem Brook.
Along with Rice, Williams, Stanback and Obomanu, others sitting out today include running back Marshawn Lynch (ankle), safety Josh Pinkard (knee), linebacker David Hawthorne (knee) and Pierre Allen (hamstring).
Safety Kam Chancellor (foot), defensive end Dexter Davis (hip) and linebacker Aaron Curry (knee) returned to practice. And offensive tackle Russell Okung (ankle) worked through some team drills today, and appears to be progressing with his rehabilitation.