Willson's full practices Thursday and Friday made it likely that he would be able to play Sunday, but his lack of an injury designation heading into the weekend implies that he cleared all phases of the concussion protocol. He'll serve in his usual role as the top backup to starting tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle).
Ruled out of Sunday's win at San Francisco due to a concussion, Willson has quickly reached his baseline. Although the protocol for head injuries allows a player to take part in every drill, an independent neurologist has the final word on a return to game action. Considering where he stands at the moment, Willson is on course to do so before Sunday night's showdown against the Eagles.
Willson (concussion) was ruled out of Sunday's game at San Francisco, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
With Jimmy Graham running on all cylinders for much of the season, Willson has been relegated to a bit part in the offense, gathering in five of eight passes for 28 yards over the last seven games. That said, two of those receptions doubled as touchdowns, so he's still looked at on occasion in the red zone. Diagnosed with a concussion Sunday, his next game action will be subject to the league's protocol for head injuries.
Willson is being checked for a concussion during Sunday's game against the 49ers, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Willson doesn't rack up high targets with Jimmy Graham ahead of him on the depth chart, but he has managed 11 receptions for 106 yards and three touchdowns through 10 games. If he does have a concussion, expect Nick Vannett to move into the No. 2 tight end role.
Willson nabbed a 10-yard touchdown off two targets in Sunday's 17-14 loss to Washington.
Willson scored Seattle's first offensive points early in the fourth quarter with his third touchdown of the season. The second-string tight end has just one fewer score than teammate Jimmy Graham despite 24 fewer receptions and 43 fewer targets. He's a nifty red-zone target but is not worth betting on week to week with one or no receptions in six of eight games this season.
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