Backup TE out after surgery

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comMay 25, 2013 

The Seattle Seahawks lost another solid contributor the team was counting on for the upcoming season – and it’s only May.

The team confirmed that tight end Anthony McCoy had surgery on Thursday to repair a torn Achilles tendon, which he appeared to injure during Seattle’s organized team practice activity on Monday.

Recovery time for Achilles tears usually are six-to-nine months, which means the fourth-year pro likely is done for 2013.

The Seahawks already lost defensive lineman Greg Scruggs for the season because of reconstructive knee surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament after an injury suffered just before the draft in April.

McCoy, a sixth-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2010 draft, appeared to suffer an injury making a cut during passing drills, and had to be carted off the field to the training room.

In 2012, McCoy finished with 18 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns, including a three-catch, 105-yard receiving performance in a 58-0 win over Arizona at CenturyLink Field last December.

With McCoy unavailable, starter Zach Miller is the only tight end on Seattle’s roster that has a catch in a regular season game.

Fifth-round draft choice Luke Willson, who performed well during rookie minicamp, likely will be called upon to replace some of the production void created by McCoy’s absence. Second-year pros Sean McGrath and Cooper Helfet, and rookies Victor Marshall and Darren Fells, also remain options.

The Seahawks also could consider bringing in a more experienced player through free agency, such as Randy McMichael, Dallas Clark or Chris Cooley.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com

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