Well, it looks like Pete Carroll and Tarvaris Jackson won’t have to stress about getting the ball to both Zach Miller and John Carlson this year.
Seahawks Injury Front: John Carlson out for season, lands on IR
The Seattle Seahawks announced yesterday that Carlson would require shoulder surgery and will miss the entire 2011 season.
Carlson injured his shoulder diving for a ball during practice on August 13. It turns out he tore his labrum and needs season-ending surgery.
While many fans and fantasy poolies alike assumed that Carlson was slated for a backup tight end role anyway after the Miller signing, Carroll expressed disappointment that he won’t have the luxury of a two-pronged attack.
“We were really counting on this, we were so excited about having Zach and John play together,” Carroll said. “Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen now.”
Carlson, a highly regarded second-rounder out of Notre Dame in 2008, started his NFL career promisingly. He caught 55 passes for 627 yards and five scores as a rookie and caught 51 balls for 574 yards and seven touchdowns his second year.
2010, however, was a disappointment. Carlson played every game for the third straight year but tallied just 31 receptions, 318 yards and one touchdown.
2011 was Carlson’s contract year, so it’s pretty unlikely that he’ll ever play a game as a Seahawk again now that Miller is on the team.
He already has three seasons of more receptions and yards than Miller’s best year, so he’s clearly the present and future.
It looks like Anthony McCoy or Dominique Byrd will back up Miller now. Personally I’m hoping Cameron Morrah gets healthy as out of the three backups I think he has the most potential.