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.
The 49ers' defense didn't do much to stop Russell Wilson or Trevone Boykin, but Richardson - who recorded four receptions in the first two weeks of the season - didn't join in. Instead Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham combined for 19 of the possible 29 targets, with Jermaine Kearse and the backs collecting much of the rest. With some clear targets at the top and quality secondary options abound, it's hard to picture Richardson finding much sustained success.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he expects Wilson (knee) to practice Wednesday, before suiting up Sunday against the Jets in New York, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Carroll also expressed caution during the media session, but Wilson is "remarkably well off" for the type of play that resulted in his current diagnosis of a sprained MCL in his left knee. After suffering a sprained right ankle in the regular season opener, Wilson upheld Carroll's expectation with full practices throughout Week 2 preparations, but the quarterback's mobility has been noticeably lacking, with just 10 carries for 33 yards on the season. With a more serious injury in tow this time around, limited showings could very well be on the docket. However, after a few days of rehabilitation, Wednesday's injury report will reveal whether Wilson is again able to tough it out.
Rawls' upcoming sideline stint comes after testing was conducted Monday to further investigate the lower-leg injury that forced him to miss Sunday's win over the 49ers. Unfortunately, those results deemed it necessary to rule him out for upcoming action, even though coach Pete Carroll's timetable of Rawls missing "a few weeks" leaves some room for clarification. In terms of a diagnosis, Rawls is dealing with a hairline fracture, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Regardless of the accompanying time out, what's certain is that Rawls' absence, which follows a season-ending ankle injury last year, should result in Christine Michael assuming the bulk of Seattle's backfield work, with rookie Alex Collins a likely alternative while fellow first-year player C.J. Prosise (hand) returns from injury.