Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate has a broken hand but is expected to be with the team when training camp begins July 27. The news was first reported by ESPN's Mike Sando on Wednesday:
Receiver Golden Tate has a broken hand and is not practicing. The team expects Tate to return for training camp. Seattle has high expectations for Tate this season, so the missed time is costly in the short term, especially since the lockout prevented him from practicing last offseason as well.
Tate, a 2010 second-round pick from Notre Dame, had a career high 35 passes for 382 last season and the second most snaps among the teams wide receivers, behind only Ben Obomanu.
He received a lot of playing time last season because of Sidney Rice's shoulder surgery and Mike Williams' ankle surgery but spent most of his rookie season on the inactive list because of his own injuries. Tate figures to become an even more integral part of the Seahawks offense after a strong 2011 season.