Tariq Woolen's bad news is Artie Burns' good news
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Tariq Woolen “out until training camp”
The Seahawks are not expecting to get Tariq Woolen back until training camp after the second-year cornerback underwent arthriscopic surgery on his knee on Tuesday. The optimistic view of the news is that nobody seems to be freaking out, with ESPN’s Brady Henderson noting “it wasn’t a significant injury” and that the team has no reservations about him being ready for camp.
The understandably pessimistic angle to take here for fans is…”Oh God why? No. No! Why God, why?”
Football players have bad shit happen to their bodies all the time, that’s the nature of the game and thankfully Woolen has no injury history that would give me pause about believing that he will recover and be fine. Woolen played in basically 100% of the snaps after Week 1 and he’s a physical specimen who wouldn’t be so speciministic if not for the fact that he takes good care of his body.
But it is doubly unfortunate that the Seahawks entered camp with Devon Witherspoon “nursing a hamstring injury” and on the second day of camp announce minor knee surgery for their other star cornerback.
The ideal here would be “Everybody’s fine, nobody’s hurt” but that’s just not realistic in the NFL. Ever. And it’s better for these issues to be on the docket for May than popping up in September, although it is also a reminder for fans that bad things will happen during the season. Now is the chance to find out how the depth is looking at every position and as far as cornerbacks go, that’s why the team re-signed Artie Burns on Monday.
Burns, still only 28, has the injury history that no cornerback wants. He played in 9% of the snaps with the Steelers in 2019, missed 2020, played in 39% of the snaps with the Bears in 2021, and played in 16 snaps with the Seahawks in 2022. He wasn’t going to have much of a role with Seattle anyway, but Burns is nonetheless nothing more than insurance and a veteran to help run plays in OTAs. Without him, the most veteran cornerbacks on the roster (not including safeties) would be Mike Jackson (year 5), Tre Brown and Isaiah Dunn (year 3), and then Woolen, Coby Bryant.
All things being healthy, I don’t expect Burns to make the 53-man roster. All things being football, the Seahawks have to be ready because of days like today.
Sounds like this might have beeen something that showed up in offseason workouts and prompted Seattle to move on this before training camp. I expect this is not serious but a cleanup to prevent a serious situation this season. Burns was an available camp body that should help during OTA's and mini camp. I think you're right Ken that he's probably not on the 53 roster.
My mantra; “no injuries, no injuries, no injuries”and thank God we only play one game in Arizona a year. I read Seaside Joe for the weird sense of humor. Thanks Seattle Joe. Seriously Ken you’re honest and forthright and you do your due diligence as I mentioned before plus you make it fun. Love your readers comments but enough flattery. May the 12s be with you and go Seahawks!