Report: Seattle Seahawks rookie TE Colby Parkinson breaks foot
according to a report Friday from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Parkinson, a tight end, suffered a Jones fracture — a break at the fifth metatarsal in the foot — while running a route earlier this offseason, the report added. The former Stanford standout underwent surgery June 2 and is currently rehabbing in Seattle, per the NFL Network.
SeattlePI could not immediately confirm Parkinson’s injury.
With a little over a month until training camp (assuming it starts on time), the Seahawks now reportedly face a significant injury with one of their rookies. While the specifics of Parkinson’s situation are unclear, recovery for a Jones fracture typically takes at least 6-8 weeks.
That’s a huge blow for Parkinson, who could be limited during training camp, if not miss practices entirely in the beginning. He could be a candidate to start camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Play (PUP) list — where he could return to practice if medically cleared, but would revert to Reserve/PUP if he can't get to the field by the end of preseason. Players on PUP to start the regular season can’t play or practice for the first six weeks of the season.
Parkinson faces the possibility of missing critical on-field time as a rookie. The Seahawks have been unable to hold any in-person offseason workouts due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and training camp will be the first time that they will be able to get together at team headquarters. Seattle is currently scheduled to begin camp July 28.
Parkinson, listed at 6 feet 7, brings unique pass-catching and red-zone value at his size. The Seahawks have said they want to add more strength to his 251-pound frame.
He’s slated to compete in a strong tight-end room, which features Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson.
Parkinson, the No. 133 overall pick in the 2020 draft, was an All-Pac-12 second-team selection last season after posting 48 catches for 589 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinal.
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