Wednesday, August 29, 2012
2011 NFL draft update: Long roads back
By Mike Sando
The third in a series of items revisiting 2011 NFC West draft choices and their 2012 outlook:
Knee, shoulder, leg and heel injuries prevented a few 2011 NFC West draft choices from contributing as much as expected last season.
The six players listed in the chart have healed from injuries significant enough to affect them as they headed into the offseason. Most have shown signs they'll make an impact.
The latest word from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is that 2011 first-round choice James Carpenter will "definitely" contribute at some point this season. We'll have a better idea how quickly when 53-man roster limits go into effect Friday. If Carpenter lands on the physically-unable-to-perform list, he'll miss the first six weeks. If Carpenter does not land on PUP, the Seahawks probably expect him to contribute in the season's first month or so.
Teammate John Moffitt suffered an elbow injury during camp after recovering from the knee injury that ended his 2011 season after nine games (all starts). Rookie J.R. Sweezy has made a strong case to start since subbing for Moffitt at right guard.
Arizona's Ryan Williams remains on course to contribute right away this season after recovering from the torn patella that sidelined him all last season. He's been practicing and playing in exhibition games without complications.
Two fourth-round receivers, Kris Durham of Seattle and Greg Salas of St. Louis, face competitive situations at their positions. Salas, who suffered a broken fibula after making his seventh reception during a November game at Arizona, impressed with a one-handed diving touchdown grab against Dallas last week. Officials reversed the touchdown upon review. Salas made a strong effort, regardless.