The Seattle Seahawks expect to have Will Dissly back at full strength for the 2019 season, but he still faces an uphill battle returning from a torn patellar tendon.
According to coach Pete Carroll, Dissly has been progressing nicely as he rehabilitates his surgically-repaired knee, which he injured during the first quarter of a Week 4 victory in Arizona last September.
“He’s in the weight room with our guys working out.” Carroll told reporters while speaking at the NFL owner meetings in Arizona on Tuesday. “He’s in the training room. I see Will a lot, coming through the facility. He looks good, running well, from what I understand. He’s moving, getting going.”
While encouraged by Dissly’s recovery to this stage, Carroll indicated Seattle won’t push the second-year tight end into action too early and he likely won’t be ready to return to the field until at least the start of training camp, eliminating any chance of him participating in offseason activities this spring.
“It’s still going to take us all the way to camp time to get him going, and we won’t rush that, at all,” Carroll said. “He’s in great shape so far. Everything is going well.”
Widely regarded as the best blocking tight end in his draft class, Seattle drafted Dissly in the fourth round last April. While making his presence known as a run blocker as expected, he immediately became one of quarterback Russell Wilson’s most trusted receiving options, catching eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in four games before succumbing to injury.
If Dissly’s rehab lingers into training camp, which is a possibility given the severity of his injury, the Seahawks will likely roll with Nick Vannett and Ed Dickson as starters in his absence. Reserve tackle George Fant may also see snaps as an additional lineman as he did frequently last year.