Seahawks Opt Not to Activate TE Ed Dickson vs. 49ers
Ed Dickson may be closing in on his return to the field for the Seahawks, but he won't be making his 2019 debut against the 49ers on Monday Night Football.
Going up to Monday's deadline, the Seahawks ultimately decided not to activate Dickson just yet and will move forward with Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister as the team's two primary options at tight end. Reserve tackle George Fant will likely also see snaps as an eligible sixth offensive lineman.
On Saturday, coach Pete Carroll indicated Seattle hadn't made a decision on whether or not to activate Dickson to the 53-man roster. The veteran tight end has now been practicing for two weeks since being designated for return from injured reserve.
“You have to wait and see on that one," Carroll said. "I’m not calling that one yet.”
Dickson, 32, underwent knee surgery in August and landed on injured reserve at the start of the regular season, forcing him to miss a minimum of eight weeks before being eligible to return. Playing in 10 games for Seattle in 2018, the veteran caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-winner against the Packers.
Next week will be a critical one for the Seahawks and Dickson, who will be entering the final week of his three-week practice window before the team must decide to activate him or he will revert back to injured reserve for the remainder of the 2019 season.