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Report confirms Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for season with torn Achilles

Report confirms Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for season with torn Achilles

Everyone expected this news, but it doesn't make it any easier. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed on Wednesday that Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly will miss the remainder of the 2019 NFL season with a torn achilles.

"He's been a fantastic part of our team. He made a big impression early on all of us, and we're going to miss the heck out of him," said Seattle Coach Pete Carroll following Seattle's win in Cleveland last Sunday. "He's prepared to take this on and he'll do a fantastic job and will beat all of the timeframes that he's faced with."

The second-year player from the University of Washington was on his way to a promising 2019 season with the Seahawks with 23 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Dissly was averaging 11.4 yards per catch and established himself as the No. 2 target in Seattle's passing game behind Tyler Lockett.

Tight ends Luke Wilson and Jacob Hollister will have to carry the load now in Dissly's absence. Carroll also left the door open for Seattle to acquire a tight end via free agency or a trade. Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard would be at the top of most fans' wish list. The Seahawks signed Tyrone Swoopes to the practice squad on Tuesday.


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Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for the season, unless ‘something miraculous happens’

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for the season, unless ‘something miraculous happens’

The news out of Seattle isn’t good. Russell Wilson’s main redzone target, Will Dissly, is likely out for the season. That is, unless "something miraculous happens," as Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday.

The second-year tight end sustained an Achilles injury during the second quarter of Seattle's 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns. Dissly was trying to catch a hurried third-down pass from Wilson when he went down. He was taken to the blue tent to be evaluated before being carted to the locker room. You can read more on Dissly's "serious" Achilles here via Seahawks Insider Joe Fann.

The news about Dissly is just how Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described it on Monday: "really unfortunate." Dissly was just a half dozen games into the 2019 season after returning from a patellar tendon injury he suffered in Week 4 of the 2018 season.

The fact of the matter is: Dissly will be out for some time. The amount of time he’ll be away from the field and the severity of his Achilles injury, however, still remains unknown.

Here’s a look at how fans reacted to the news of Dissly's season-ending injury.  

Stay locked on NBC Sports Northwest for the latest on Dissly's injury.

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?


Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?

Joe Fann dives into the Seahawks win against the Cleveland Browns, going over the comeback win and looks into the last couple close wins for the Seahawks and asks, "Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?"

Joe discusses the highs of Russell Wilson's continual success and the lows of losing Will Dissly and the impact it will have on the Seahawks remaining season.

He also spins ahead to next weeks match-up against the Ravens and what the Seahawks will have to do to get another win at home, this time against Baltimore.

NFL Report: Seahawks fear torn Achilles for Will Dissly


NFL Report: Seahawks fear torn Achilles for Will Dissly

A report is out from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, that the Seahawks fear the injury sustained today to tight end Will Dissly is a torn Achilles. 

Our own Joe Fann reported the following in Cleveland at the time of the injury:

"The injury took place on a third-down pass that Russell Wilson lofted Dissly's way in the end zone. Wilson was under heavy pressure and threw up a prayer for Dissly. The tight end was late to see it and had to adjust to the ball like a centerfielder trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch. Dissly's left leg appeared to buckle awkwardly as he adjusted to the ball. He was taken straight into the blue tent on the Seahawks sideline before being carted to the locker room."

Dissly has been a major target for Wilson throughout the season so far including 23 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns coming into today's game vs. Cleveland. 

Check back here, follow Joe Fann on twitter, and the MyTeams app for more on the injury situation with the Seahawks as news develops. 

Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - Selecting a tight end appears unlikely

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Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - Selecting a tight end appears unlikely

Part 5 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27. 

Past posts: QuarterbacksRunning backs; Offensive line; Wide receiver.


Today: Tight end. 

Depth Chart: Ed Dickson, Will Dissly, Nick Vannett, Tyrone Swoops. 

Need: Low to medium. 

Expectations: Seattle could maybe use an elite receiving tight end but unless a gem too good to pass up is available to them in the middle to late rounds, Seattle likely won't select one.  

Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a list of potential draft targets at tight end. 

Picks: After trading defensive end Frank Clark to Kansas City for a first-round pick this year, a second-round pick in 2020 and a swap of third-round picks this year, the Seahawks now have five picks in the draft: first round (No. 21, No. 29), third round (No. 92), fourth round (No. 124) and fifth round (No. 159).


Seattle couldn't have been happier with rookie tight end Will Dissly last season through three games last season. The fourth-round pick out of Washington. He blocked as well as the team had expected while also emerging as a legitimate threat in the passing game. 

Then all of the good feels came to a halt Week 4 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He is expected to be back in the lineup this season but Dissly, who ruptured his patellar tendon, might not be 100 percent once the season begins. 

“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,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters during the league meetings last month.

On one hand, Seattle remains in good hands at tight end with Dickson, who returned from an injury of his own in about the middle of the season and played well the rest of the way. Vannett is certainly a capable backup. But not being sure as to what Dissly will bring to the team early in the season could lead Seattle to select a tight end in the draft if one is on the board that the team simply can't resist. 

None of the top three tight ends on the team are dynamic receivers, but they are capable. Adding an elite receiving tight end would be nice. But would it be worth burning a draft pick given that the team likes its top three tight ends? That's the question that will be answered likely on day three of the draft. 

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wishes Earl Thomas well in free agency

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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wishes Earl Thomas well in free agency

Seattle coach Pete Carroll met with the media this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., and based on his comments it's safe to say that safety Earl Thomas' days in Seattle are over.

Carroll didn't say that, and neither did general manager John Schneider during his press conference on Wednesday, but neither indicated that the Seahawks would enter into discussions with the All Pro safety. 

"It's a great opportunity for Earl, to have the free agency status now," Carroll told reporters. "The play that he showed last year ws extraordinary. He was on fire, until he got banged up...I'm excited to watch and see what he does."

Thomas held out during training camp before returning to play in the first four games. He broke his leg at Arizona in Week 4. 

On tight end Will Dissly: Rookie tight end Will Dissly had a strong start to his career until he suffered a patella tendon injury at Arizona. Carroll said that Dissly might not be ready for training camp, but the team remains excited about what he could add next season. 

"Will had a really good start to the season last year," Carroll said. "He came out, probably surprised everybody that he would be so dynamic with the ball in his hands. Run after catch. He fit us exactly the way he had hoped. That was one of those draft picks that we were just sweating out the whole way and hoping that he would get to us because we needed him badly."

Veteran tight end Ed Dickson returned from injury shortly after Dissly went down, lessing the blow of losing the rookie out of Washington. When Dissly returns next season, the Seahawks will be set with three quality tight ends, including Nick Vannett, to choose from. 

"Will is working really hard," Carroll said. "He's coming back. He's going to be right in the middle of the action because he can catch it. He is a nice route runner. He is a formidable blocker."

Seahawks' TE Ed Dickson eager to return Sunday

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Seahawks' TE Ed Dickson eager to return Sunday

Seattle tight end Ed Dickson will see his first action with his new team Sunday at Detroit ending what was for him a long two months waiting to get back on the field. 

"To have to sit back and watch your brothers go to war, it's kind of hard," Dickson told reporters today. "But it teaches you some things at my old age, patience and stuff like that. But I'm excited to be back. I'm excited to contribute to the team."

Dickson, 31, began the season on the physically unable to perform list with a non-football related issue reportedly to his quadriceps. Going on the PUP list required Dickson to miss the first six weeks. Seattle (3-3) was off last week so Dickson will make his debut against the Lions (3-3). His role, however, has yet to be defined. 

"Whatever it is, if it's blocking, if it's catching, if it's special teams, I'm just chomping at the bit to get out there," Dickson said. 

Seattle signed Dickson as a free agent last offseason to replace Jimmy Graham as the starter. Dickson, who spent the previous four seasons with Carolina, is known more for being a strong blocking tight end than he is as a receiver. One of his best receiving games ever came at Detroit last season when he caught five passes for 175 yards. 

Quarterback Russell Wilson said Dickson will be crucial for the team moving forward while calling the former Oregon star a very physical and smart, veteran player who pays attention to detail.  

"The thing about how many years he’s played, it’s exciting to have a vet like that just to be on the team, because he could make a lot of great plays for us," Wilson said. "I think he’s going to be a crucial part to our success for the rest of the season for sure.”

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said that Dickson, who was limited in practice on Wednesday but went full go today, would give Seattle a lot of options at the tight end position. 

"In the offense they were in at Carolina, (the Panthers were) very creative with what they did with their tight ends and he was involved with all kinds of stuff," Carroll said. "He’s been placed all over the field. He’s been in the backfield, he’s been out of the backfield, so all of that really gives us confidence. There’s stuff that we can do with him that we’re looking forward to, but really he has not practiced with us very much. We’re kind of opening up the Christmas present here. It’s kind of fun to get him going. ”

Dickson had been frustrated about not being able to play earlier in the season. He said today that he believed he could have played in the opener at Denver. However, he didn't want to second-guess team management. 

"Personally you might feel like you're ready before you really are," he said.

Now he is officially ready to go and the timing couldn't be better for Seattle. Rookie Will Dissly started in place of Dickson before being lost for the season with a knee injury at Arizona in Week 4. Nick Vannett started the last two games. Dickson's return gives the team strong depth once again at tight end.

Whatever his role, Dickson said he is ready to show his team that he has their backs and that they can count on him. 

"I'm competing to win," he said. "We're in the thick of things. We're going after a playoff shot."

--- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram

TE Ed Dickson to make Seattle debut week 8

TE Ed Dickson to make Seattle debut week 8

RENTON, Wash. - Former Oregon tight end Ed Dickson will be set to make his season debut with the Seahawks in Week 8 after returning from the non-football injury list. 

Dickson, out with a quad injury, tweeted "10/28/18" today, a reference to the date when he will be able to play. Seattle plays at Detroit on that date. 

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said on his weekly radio show that Dickson, signed to a three-year, $10.7 million contract to be the starter, would return against the Lions. Dickson is eligible to return after Week 6 but the team is off Week 7 after playing Oakland in London, England. 

The former Oregon star, who has spent eight years in the NFL with Baltimore and Carolina, missed all of training camp and the first four games. 

Dickson, who has 85 career starts, is a deft blocking tight end with solid receiving skills. Consider him a more experienced version of rookie Will Dissly, lost for the season after injuring his patella Sunday at Arizona.

Nick Vannett will start at tight end on Sunday and be backed up by Darrell Daniels, elevated this week from the team's practice squad.

Dickson has 1,985 career receiving touchdowns with 12 touchdowns. He won Super Bowl XLVIII while with Baltimore during the 2012 season and played in Super Bowl 50 with Carolina following the 2015 season. 

-- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram.  

REACTION: What WR Doug Baldwin's MCL tear means for the Seahawks

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REACTION: What WR Doug Baldwin's MCL tear means for the Seahawks

Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin suffered a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee during Sunday's 27-24 loss Denver, according to ESPN.

Baldwin left the game in the first quarter, returned briefly and then was done for the game. 

Baldwin, who missed the preseason with a left knee injury, will certainly miss some games, although how many remains unclear. Early reports speculate that he could miss a month, or so. 

“He has got a little MCL sprain in his other knee and so we have just got to see what that means,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “He went back in the game and played some, but, we just eventually kind of talked him out of playing because he wanted to keep going, you know, and we just want to make sure we take care of him.”

On Carroll's Monday radio show on KIRO-AM in Seattle, Carroll updated Baldwin's injury, and made it sound more dire. 

"There ain't anybody tougher than him, and if he can come back, he'll come back," Carroll said. "That's why he went back in the game. We were trying to talk him out of it and getting him to get him out of there. He made the right decision in not battling us."

If Baldwin indeed misses four games or more, Seattle's already shaky chances of reaching to the playoffs just took a major hit. The Seahawks can ill afford to lose their best receiver given all of the team's other faults.

The offensive line didn't demonstrate on Sunday that it has made the strides hinted toward during a solid preseason by contributing to six sacks of quarterback Russell Wilson and proving unable to sustain a consistent rushing attack against the Broncos. 

So, as has been the case the past two seasons, Wilson had to carry the offense. He almost did enough to steal a victory and would have done so if not for the defense's inability to hold a 24-20 lead in the fourth quarter. 

The once dominant Seattle defense is no more. Denver quarterback Case Keenum passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns. Yes, Seattle intercepted him three times, but the Seahawks' defense also struggled against the run, allowing 136 yards on the ground. Denver racked up 470 yards of total offense.

Remember, this is a Denver team that went 5-11 last season. 

So, Seattle can't run the ball well, the defense is average at best, and the team's top receiver is now out. That all equals non-playoff team.

Now, veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall looked solid, wide receiver Tyler Lockett is a playmaker, and rookie tight end Will Dissly has some game. But those three are not going to help Wilson carry this team to the playoffs. Those three along with Doug Baldwin, maybe. Not without. 

Seattle must hope that it can win two of the next four games while Baldwin is out and then pray that he is able to still be the game-breaker he has been the past four seasons. 

Otherwise, given all of Seattle's issues, this team's playoff bid could be over before it begins. 

-- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram.  

Behold Seattle rookie TE Will Dissly; "He was like Mike Ditka out there."

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Behold Seattle rookie TE Will Dissly; "He was like Mike Ditka out there."

DENVER - The word on Seattle rookie tight end Will Dissly during much of training camp was that he excelled as a strong blocker. 

Quarterback Russell Wilson, however, dropped more extensive hints regarding Dissly's all-around skills, referring to the fourth-round pick out of Washington as one of the best athletes on the team. 

During Sunday's 27-24 loss at Denver, Dissly went from potential backup blocking tight end to maybe one of the most added tight ends in the fantasy football universe when he hauled in three receptions for 105 yards (all in the first half) and scored the first touchdown of his career, and the season for the Seahawks.

According to NFL Network, Dissly became the first tight end in league history to have 100 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut. 

Not bad for a guy that played defensive end his first two seasons at Washington and amassed a modest 336 yards receiving during his collegiate career. 

“He was on fire," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "He was Ditka, he was like [Pro Football Hall of Famer] Mike Ditka out there. He just missed a couple other ones too. We just overthrew him a bit. He might have had two or three more catches. He was really in the right spot and he deployed well for the game plan and all that. And again, we have been talking about this, he is doing great for us and I am really happy to see him contribute like that."

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Dissly started the game along with Nick Vannett in a two tight end formation. Dissly is listed on the team's depth chart as the starting tight end in place of injured veteran, Ed Dickson, who missed the entire preseason. The Seahawks acquired Dickson, an eight-year veteran out of Oregon with a Super Bowl ring he won with Baltimore, to replace Jimmy Graham (Green Bay) and provide Seattle with more of a blocking presence at the position. Dickson not being able to perform appeared to be a huge detriment for the team. But Dissly clearly is quite the fill-in and has earned the trust of quarterback Russell Wilson. 

“It was just a cool opportunity to go out there that first game, and to do some special things," Dissly said. "Russ was awesome, putting the ball right where it needs to be. I just have to make some plays. Obviously, we have some work to do going forward, but it was a cool way to start for sure.”

Nobody seems to know when Dickson will return. When he does, Dissly figured to remain very much in the mix.  

Dissly's first reception on Sunday came in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to give Seattle a brief, 7-0 lead. Dissly, aligned to the left of the formation, pass blocked, delaying his release, and then slipped out to find nobody covering him over the top. Wilson lobbed an easy pass to Dissly for the touchdown. 

Dissly's biggest play of the game came on a 66-yard reception in the second quarter. 

From the Seattle 31, Dissly, aligned to the right, ran an over route and caught Wilson's pass at the 44 between two defenders closing in quickly. One went low, and missed Dissly's feet, the other went high and bounced off of Dissly like a child would an adult.

“You can’t slow down at all," Dissly said. "When you see green grass, you are pushing pedal to the medal and are trying to go as fast as you can.”

Dissly then cut left and speed to the Denver 30, where he received a helpful block from wide receiver Brandon Marshall and then shook another pursuing Denver defensive back. Now free down the sideline, Dissly looked like he might score but was eventually pushed out of bounds at the Denver 5-yard line by linebacker Brandon Marshall (no relation). 

The entire play, Dissly said, sort of just happened without much thought. 

"It's kind of funny," Dissly said. "You don't really think about a whole lot during those plays. You just try to get into the end zone. It was a cool play."

The big play set up a 35-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski to give Seattle a 10-7 lead. 

Dissly's performance only reinforced Wilson's faith in the rookie. 

“He’s been great all training camp," Wilson said. "He has been great all OTAs. He’s been a rock star for us. I think he’s been rock solid. He has been able to step into the role of playing tight end and making plays. He is very fundamental. He’s very smart. He gets the game. He is one of our best athletes in general. He can do a little bit of everything. He played a great game. We’ll get everyone else involved too, as well. I think it’ll be an exciting year for us."

Unfortunately, despite Dissly's exploits, Seattle did lose. That made it difficult for Dissly to rate even catching his first NFL touchdown in the list of sports thrills in his life.  

"Give me 24 hours," Dissly said with a smile. "Gotta get over this game, first. But that was fun. That was special. Catching the ball from Russell Wilson is always cool. And we're going to have a lot more opportunities going down the road."

-- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram.