Seattle Seahawks rookie DK Metcalf needs knee surgery, but coach Pete Carroll is optimistic he won't be left out for long.
"DK got a knee injury we found in a few days," Carol told reporters Sunday night after the Seahawks' preseason 25-1
Carroll said doctors said the quick recovery from surgery was
Carroll said he was optimistic Metcalfe might be ready for the first week. Metcalfe was with the team in Minneapolis, but did not played against the Vikings after participating in all practices open to the media last week; practice closed on Friday.
The choice of a second round rookie Marquis Blair, who struggled for a starting job, left the game with what Carol said were back spasms.
"He had breasts cramps in the second half, ”Carol said. "So I don't know what that means, but he had a game and his back was tight and he was getting harder and he couldn't come back."
Paxton Lynch, who is competing with Geno Smith to be Russell Wilson's Reserve, also left the game after taking a helmet-to-helmet kick from the corner of Holton Hill, which was thrown out.
"He went through the protocol [concussion] and is still there," Carol said. "He felt he was okay, but he still had to pass these tests, so we would recognize the whole process and take care of it."
Metcalfe, whom the Seahawks selected with the final selection of the second round after trading to No. 64, was the most impressive of their 11-man draft class. He quickly got caught during the offseason program and continues to stand out during training camp while working regularly on offense No. 1.
If Metcalfe is not available for the Seattle regular season Sept. 9 against the Bengals, Jaron Brown and David Moore would be the most likely candidate to start alongside receiver No. 1 Tyler Lockett.
The Seahawks are already without defensive end LJ Collier, their first choice because of a dislocated ankle that may hold him aside for the rest of the preseason, if not more. That means Seattle's three top picks this year – Collier, Blair and Metcalf – are dealing with injuries.
Lynch replaces Wilson (6 of 9, 82 yards) in Seattle's third possession on Sunday. He was 6 of 15 for 67 yards and almost catching while playing behind a shaky offensive line before Hill's shot sent him away. J.T.
Seattle signed Barrett last week with Smith recovering from Aug. 9 surgery to remove a cyst in his knee. Smith doesn't play Sunday.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he apologized to Carol for hitting Hill at Lynch.
"Number one, we don't want to see anyone get hurt, so I told Pete that after the match, I'm sorry for his quarterback," Zimmer said. "Number two, he can't put his head down. But saying that when a quarterback is exercising an option, it should be a fair game other than lowering his head and hitting him in the head. So if they're going to let these apostates be runners, then we should be able to hit them. He didn't hit him legally, but we have to hit these guys. "
This report uses information from ESPN's Courtney Cronin.