DK Metcalf may be Wolverine after all -- or at least share some similarities. Metcalf doesn't possess a vibranium skeleton, but he clearly shares Wolverine's freakish recovery traits.
Metcalf underwent a minor procedure on his right knee on Aug. 20. Barely more than two weeks after the operation, Metcalf is already back at practice. But how far away is he from being 100 percent? Silly question, it turns out.
"Oh I am," Metcalf said confidently. "I'm 100 percent."
Those remarks confirm that he'll be making his NFL debut on Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. Metcalf was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice but could become a full participant on Thursday or Friday.
"It was good to be out there with the team," Metcalf said. "It just feels good to be back."
Metcalf appeared in just one preseason game, catching one pass for four yards against the Denver Broncos. He did have two near misses on deep balls from Geno Smith that offered a tantalizing preview of Metcalf's ability to take the top off of a defense.
But he was shut down shortly thereafter. The Seahawks decided that surgery was the best option to deal with Metcalf's lingering knee pain. To Metcalf's credit, he's been steadfast that he'd be back in time for Week 1. It was just hard to fathom that was possible given the short window for recovery. And yet, here we are. Metcalf also reiterated that he doesn't view his brief absence as a setback.
"I sharpened my mental game and got to learn the offense a little more," Metcalf said. "Coming from the first game, I got used to the speed of the game and I can't wait to be back out there on Sunday."
Pete Carroll said we'd have to "wait and see" whether or not Metcalf will be on a snap count against the Bengals. But now we know that the talented rookie is ready for all of the reps Seattle is willing to throw his way. Metcalf is listed as a starter opposite Tyler Lockett on Seattle's unofficial depth chart, which means health is his only obstacle in claiming a prominent role out of the gate.
Metcalf's mom and dad will be in attendance at CenturyLink Field for what will be one of the NFL's most highly-anticipated debuts in Week 1.
"I'm very excited to be back out there and play on Sunday," Metcalf said. "It's going to be fun. I'm just going in there to have fun and pull out a W."