Willson (knee - MCL) responded well to surgery and is hopeful to return this season, ESPN's Liz Mathews reports.
Willson injured his knee Sunday against the Falcons and went under the knife Tuesday in order to fix it. He's slated to miss multiple games, but it seems he could realistically return later on in the season.
Willson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.
Christine Micheal rolled up on Willson's legs at the conclusion of a fourth-quarter touchdown run Sunday, and the tight end required assistance to leave the field. On Monday, head coach Pete Carroll noted some details of the injury, namely cartilage damage, "stretched ligaments and MCL." While not exactly specific, Willson appears to be in line for a multi-week absence following the procedure. In his absence, Jimmy Graham will continue to start, but reserve tight ends Brandon Williams and Nick Vannett are candidates for increased usage.
Willson (knee) may require surgery, SeattlePi.com reports. "We've got to figure out what to do with him. Got a little cartilage damage in there and stretched ligaments and MCL, so we've got to figure out what that's going to be like," said head coach Pete Carroll.
Willson went down blocking for a Christine Michael touchdown run in the fourth quarter and did not return. If he's ruled out for an extended period of time, Seattle will likely turn to either Brandon Williams or Nick Vannett to fill Willson's role as the team's primary blocking tight end.
Willson had to exit Sunday's game and was unable to return, finishing with one catch for nine yards on his lone target. While he only has six catches and 12 targets through five weeks, Willson is an important part of a Seattle offense as a blocker, typically playing more than half of the snaps. If the injury is serious, the
Willson was never able to capitalize on his opportunity with Jimmy Graham out of the lineup and now seams cemented into a catch-or-two-per-game role with Graham beginning to gain steam. Sometimes reserve tight ends can emerge as worth-while red-zone targets, but that isn't the case with Willson as he has scored just once since Week 16 of 2014.
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