McDougald said Thursday that the surgery he underwent this offseason was to address a partially torn patellar tendon that he played through during the second half of the 2018 season, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. McDougald reportedly tried rehabbing the injury this offseason, but he eventually decided to undergo surgery right before the start of OTAs. Considering the 28-year-old said he'd be ready to play if the regular season began this week, McDougald should be ready to go when training camp kicks off late next month.
Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that McDougald underwent offseason knee surgery and is unlikely to return to practice before training camp, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. McDougald began appearing on the injury report last October with a knee issue that was later revealed to be patellar tendinitis. He nonetheless started every game during his second season in Seattle and ultimately beat his totals from 2017 in just about every category. It isn't clear when the safety went under the knife this offseason, but it at least sounds like McDougald could be ready for training camp. Second-round rookie Marquise Blair looks to be more of a threat to Tedric Thompson's starting role than McDougald's.
McDougald compiled 78 tackles, nine pass breakups, three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2018. McDougald was a clear leader in Seattle's young secondary. The 28-year-old stepped into a starting role after Kam Chancellor (neck) retired, and he thrived as a run stopper and in coverage while playing 88.2 percent of defensive snaps. Barring an injury, McDougald can be considered a lock to retain the same role in 2019.
McDougald (knee) was a non-participant at practice Tuesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. McDougald has battled the knee injury for the last few weeks, though he hasn't been limited on gameday in the two games since the issue occurred. The 28-year-old's practice reps the rest of the week will provide further clarification on his availability, but for now he seems likely to play through the injury once again for Saturday's wild-card game at Dallas.
McDougald (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. McDougald played through his lingering knee issue during last week's win over the Chiefs, but has yet to shed the injury. The Seahawks have already clinched a playoff berth, and could elect to sit McDougald in Week 17 to make sure he's healthy for the postseason.
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