Seattle Seahawks rookie tight end Will Dissly will officially undergo surgery for a torn right patellar tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, according to coach Pete Carroll.
Dissly, a fourth-round pick out of Washington, injured his knee when he landed awkwardly stepping out of bounds following a short reception in the first quarter of Seattle's 20-17 win over Arizona on Sunday. Withering in pain on the sideline, he left the field on a cart and didn't return.
"It's similar to what Jimmy [Graham] did a while back." Carroll said. "I don't know how similar, but it is same kind of injury."
Graham ruptured his patellar tendon trying to haul in a long pass from Russell Wilson in the end zone during a game against the Steelers back in November 2015. He missed the remainder of the season, but did return from the severe knee injury to play in all 16 games the following season, catching 65 passes for 923 yards and six touchdowns.
Seattle can only hope Dissly has a similar recovery from an injury that has ruined plenty of football careers and left several players as only a shell of their pre-injury selves.
Officially heading to injured reserve, Dissly's rookie season with conclude with eight receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Carroll didn't elaborate on how Seattle plans to move forward replacing him, but he knows the team lost a very important piece of the puzzle on offense.
"We're gonna miss him. He's a good football player and everything we've ever said about Will, he was just getting started..." Carroll told reporters. "So Nick [Vannett] has to step up and do a nice job in the adjustments we make, need to follow."