Ricardo Lockette (neck) is expected to announce his retirement from the NFL in a news conference Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
In Week 8 of last season, Lockette sustained a serious neck injury on an illegal hit while fielding a punt against the Cowboys. Season-ending surgery was quickly ordered up, and he spent the next week-plus in a Dallas hospital before returning to Seattle. Although he didn't exactly develop into a regular receiving threat in parts of four seasons with the Seahawks -- 22 receptions for 451 yards and four touchdowns in 34 career games -- he boasts a Super Bowl ring from the 2013 campaign.
Ricardo Lockette (neck) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Lockette underwent neck surgery after Week 8's game against the Cowboys, so this move seemed like a formality. There's no telling if the 29-year-old will be cleared to play football again next season as the Seattle Seahawks have been extra precautious with neck injuries in the past, but that decision likely won't be made until later the following year.
Ricardo Lockette had neck surgery on Monday afternoon, John Boyle of the Seattle Seahawks ' official site reports.
After completion of the procedure, the Seahawks reported that Lockette's neurological signs were are all positive. While he's expected to remain in a Dallas hospital for a few more days, he could be "up and moving around" as soon as Tuesday. Nevertheless, the hit that forced him out of Sunday's win against the Cowboys is season-ending.
Ricardo Lockette will undergo neck surgery and miss the remainder of this season after being injured in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, seattlepi.com reports.
Lockette took a gruesome, illegal hit while covering a punt Sunday, which required him to be stretchered off the field and rushed to a local hospital. Thankfully, Lockette has full motion and feeling in all his extremities, but he'll still require surgery to stabilize ligaments in his neck. While it's unclear if Lockette's career is in jeopardy following Sunday's incident, he definitely will not play again this season, according to coach Pete Carroll.
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