Seattle Sehawks rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba is expected to have wrist surgery Tuesday and will be out for three to four weeks.
SEATTLE – Seattle Sehawks rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba is expected to have wrist surgery Tuesday and will be out for three to four weeks.
The surgery will heal the broken bone in his wrist. Coach Pete Carroll remains “optimistic” that Smith-Njigba will be able to play in the Seahawks’ September 10 season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, but offered no guarantees.
The injury came at the end of a standout play from Smith-Njigba that nearly netted him his first professional goal in the Seahawks’ pre-season win over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
Smith-Njigba was picked by the Seahawks in 20th overall in the 2023 NFL Draft and made six catches in the first two games of pre-season.
The Seahawks have run out of receivers to start the regular season, as Dee Eskridge will miss the first six games of the regular season due to suspension.
One untrained player who could step up and play some role if Smith-Njigba’s absence lingers is former UCLA Bruin Jake Bobo, who was mentioned in training camp in this position and has performed. show some key play in each of Seattle’s pre-season games.
Smith-Njigba’s injury also means the Seahawks likely won’t have both draft picks in the first round for the team’s final pre-season game on Saturday at Green Bay. Fifth pick Devon Witherspoon has not been on the field at full speed since August 7 when he suffered a hamstring problem.
The Seahawks’ first regular game of the season will be on September 10 at Lumen Field against the Los Angeles Rams.
People in western Washington will be able to watch the Seahawks’ final pre-season game live on Saturday exclusively on KING 5, which begins at 10 a.m. PT.
BACK TO PRACTICE
Seahawks defender Jordyn Brooks entered the 11v11 games on Tuesday, his first on-court game since tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 17 last season. Brooks was dropped from the squad on August 15, less than eight months after undergoing knee surgery.
Brooks has been in coaching sessions over the past week, before starting on the field. With nearly three weeks to go, Carroll expects Brooks to feature in the opening game of the season.
Carroll said: “He is very happy to be back playing football. “He’s working really, really hard to come back and he’s proven it to the coaches, (doctor) and everyone that there’s no doubt he can come back. the field right now.”
UPDATE JAMAL ADAMS
Seahawks safety Jamal Adams can be activated off the PUP list on Wednesday or Thursday and begin attending tutorial sessions, Carroll said. Adams tore a quadriceps tendon against Denver in last year’s season opener and missed the rest of the season.
“It’s been a big step for him to move forward, but it’s not a step that means he’s going back to training,” Carroll said. “We wanted to get him into the flow.”