RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he has high expectations for the recovery of wide receiver D.K. Metcalf after the second round pick underwent surgery on Tuesday.
"It was a minimal surgery, minimal findings, so we have high expectations," Carroll said Wednesday via the team's website.
Following Sunday's preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Carroll revealed that Metcalf would need to have surgery.
Metcalf missed Sunday's game and will miss the rest of the preseason, but Carroll said there's a chance he could return in time for their regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 8.
"We'll go week to week with it and see how he does. We really don't have any concern that he won't get back soon. So we're excited that we got it done. It was the kind of deal we could have put off and waited, but we thought we would use the time frame we had available and hopefully it'll work out just right for us," Carroll said.
Metcalf was the first of three wide receivers the Seahawks drafted this year, in part to try to help fill the void left when Doug Baldwin retired this past offseason.
The 6-foot-4 inch, 230-pound former Ole Miss star stole the show at the NFL Combine in February when he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash – tied for the third fastest time at his position.
Metcalf also finished tied for first among wide receivers at the bench press. He had 27 reps of 225 pounds.
However, Metcalf fell in the draft due to concerns over injuries he sustained in college and his three-cone time, 7.38 seconds, which was the third slowest of any wide receiver at the combine.
The Seahawks next preseason game is on Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Los Angeles Chargers.
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