Quinton Dunbar will not return from the Seahawks’ IR list this season. The veteran cornerback will undergo a surgery that will sideline him until 2021, Pete Carroll said (via the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta, on Twitter).
A knee injury sidelined Dunbar last month; he has been out since Week 9. This news comes a week after Dunbar returned to practice. The former UDFA is due to be a free agent in March.
Acquired from Washington for a fifth-round pick, Dunbar encountered a legal issue this offseason but ended up avoiding charges and a suspension. The sixth-year veteran started six Seahawks games but did not play as well as he did during his final Washington campaign. After a four-INT 2019 season that featured a 61.2 passer rating allowed on passes thrown his way, Dunbar allowed a 111.0 passer rating on 54 targets this year.
This is a bad break for the 28-year-old defender, who was discussing an extension with the Bruce Allen-led Washington front office before the franchise changed regimes. He will head into free agency with less momentum than he had after his 2019 breakthrough.
Seattle also has Tre Flowers on IR but has received positive results from waiver claim D.J. Reed lately. The ex-49ers corner broke up a season-high three passes Sunday, intercepted another and recovered a fumble against Washington.
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