Seahawks TE Will Dissly Undergoes Successful Surgery, Expected to Make Quick Recovery

Seahawks tight end Will Dissly gets help off the field following a foot injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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Though he’s done for the season and will inevitably be placed on injured reserve, the Seahawks received positive news following tight end Will Dissly’s surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

On his weekly radio show for KIRO 97.3, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated Dissly’s surgery went so smoothly that he’s expected to have a shorter recovery period than initially anticipated, which could mean he’s fully recovered in time for training camp next July.

“His surgery on Thursday was really successful.” Carroll said. “He had a minimally invasive procedure that worked about perfectly and he’ll come back a good couple months before he would have got back otherwise.”

NFL players who undergo procedures to fix ruptured Achilles tendons typically need close to a year to recover, though some players return quicker and others need extended time for rehabilitation. Based on Carroll’s statement, it’s possible Dissly could be back playing again within nine months of his operation.

Dissly suffered his Achilles injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s 32-28 win over the Browns, as his left leg buckled when he tried to adjust to a pass in the end zone from quarterback Russell Wilson. He had to be helped off the field by trainers and was quickly ruled out by the team.

At the time of his injury, Dissly led all NFL tight ends with four receiving touchdowns and ranked second and third on the Seahawks in receptions (23) and receiving yards (262) respectively.

Despite going down with his second severe injury in as many years, Carroll reiterated that Dissly remained upbeat in the locker room after the game, telling the coach he was looking forward to returning in 2020. The former Washington Husky’s optimism flowed onto social media on Thursday as well.

“I’m in there trying to [give him] all the sympathy and feelings and compassion and all that, and I’m getting fired up for him because he’s turned it around already. That’s why a guy like that is so special and so unique. He’s got unbelievable makeup.”

Seattle will certainly miss Dissly on the field and in the locker room for the rest of the season, but this is as positive news as the organization could’ve hoped for at this point. Look for the budding star to make a full recovery and resume his role as a difference making contributor next season.