Seahawks TE Colby Parkinson Suffers Injury

Seahawks rookie tight end Colby Parkinson suffered a Jones fracture in his foot, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). The fourth-round pick broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot while route running earlier this offseason and had surgery earlier this month to correct the problem. 

Parkinson was slated to push for snaps at tight end, somewhere behind Greg Olsen and alongside vets like Will Dissly, Luke Willson, and Jacob Hollister. No one expected the Seahawks to draft a TE in April, but they saw real potential in Parkinson and couldn’t pass him up. Also, Parkinson offered insurance against Olsen’s age and the medical history of the rest of the bunch.

The Seahawks will probably start the year without the safety net of Parkinson, but he should be able to suit up this year. Beyond that, he could be ticketed for a prime role – Olsen, Hollister, and Willson are all set for free agency after the 2020 season and no one would be surprised if Olsen made this his last NFL campaign.

Parkinson put himself on the map at Stanford with a strong 2018 and seven touchdowns. Last year, he set new career bests with 48 grabs for 589 yards, though he only scored once.

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5 comments on “Seahawks TE Colby Parkinson Suffers Injury

  1. He may have only scored once but that is more than the total amount of passes he dropped all season. Hard to believe a player can go through a whole season without dropping a single pass.

    • bravesfan88

      Yeah, Charlie Woerner from UGA did the same, although, Charlie was not targeted as much as Colby. For me, the fact neither TE dropped a pass last season is crazy and quite a feat for them to accomplish!!

      Beyond it speaking volumes of their hand-eye coordination and their hand strength, I think it shows that both players are extremely focused, task-oriented professionals. They’re both going to be relied upon for necessary, specified roles once they are both back in action.

      Due to their abilities I could easily see both players quickly rising up the ranks of their respective depth charts…

      I think both the Seahawks and the 49ers got two solid TE prospects!! Parkinson has the higher expectations, based off his production and having been a 4th round pick, but do not sleep on Woerner.

      He was by far the best blocking TE in the draft, and Kyle Shannahan could end up using him in a hybrid TE/FB role, kind of like how he uses Juice now. Interestingly enough, Juice’s contract will be up after this season, so Woerner might be getting groomed for a much larger role after Juice leaves..

    • seattlesuperfan

      Russel needs a safety net and every TE we’ve had since 2009 with John Carlson hasn’t played a full 16 games so it makes sense if you ask me

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