The Seahawks have already seen one member of their 2022 draft class go under the knife this offseason, but another one has had a procedure of his own. Head coach Pete Carroll recently provided an update on the status of right tackle Abraham Lucas, who underwent shoulder surgery.
“He’s doing great and his strength is almost all the way back, Carrol said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “There’s no hesitation in that he’ll make it back in our thinking. He’s doing all of the work, all of the walk-through stuff.”
Lucas had his procedure following Seattle’s wild-card loss to the 49ers, a point in the campaign the team reached in part due to the success of his rookie season. The 2022 third-rounder served as the team’s full-time starter at right tackle, giving them a bookend of first-year players on the edge (with first-rounder Charles Cross playing on the blindside). The former established himself as a key figure of Seattle’s highly-regarded rookie class from last season.
Lucas earned respectable PFF grades in terms of both pass protection and run blocking, doing enough to maintain his spot atop the depth chart after winning out a training camp competition. He allowed nine sacks and 28 pressures, however, so plenty of room for improvement exists in Year 2 and beyond. The Washington State alum is expected to be recovered in full in time for the regular season, Carroll added.
The same is also true of Pro Bowl cornerback Tariq Woolen, who recently had knee surgery. That procedure will cost him time during the offseason, but a clean bill of health in time for September would go a long way in helping the Seahawks’ efforts to repeat their success of 2022. Presuming Lucas is also full-go by that point, their offensive line would likewise be able to enjoy stability at an important spot.