Seahawks rookie WR Metcalf set for knee surgery

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf will have minor knee surgery in an early setback for an offence counting on the second-round draft pick.

Metcalf was held out of Sunday’s preseason game at Minnesota, and coach Pete Carroll said the rookie from Mississippi probably would have a procedure on Tuesday. The injury was discovered earlier this week, but Carroll said the team believes it will not “derail him for long.” But he does have to have some work done, and we’ll know more about that when we get back into town.”

Carroll said doctors have said a quick recovery from surgery was expected after looking at the results of an MRI, though he did not provide specifics on the nature of the injury. After taking a surprise tumble down the draft board, Metcalf landed in Seattle with the 64th overall selection.

With the retirement of Doug Baldwin, there’s an opportunity for Metcalf to figure prominently in the passing game for five-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson. Metcalf was targeted four times last week in the exhibition game against Denver and had one catch for 8 yards.

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If Metcalf is unavailable for Seattle’s Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Bengals, Jaron Brown and David Moore would be the most likely candidates to start alongside No. 1 receiver Tyler Lockett.

The Seahawks are already without defensive end L.J. Collier, their first-round pick, because of a sprained ankle that could keep him sidelined for the rest of the preseason, if not longer. That means Seattle’s top three picks this year — Collier, Blair and Metcalf — are all dealing with injuries.

Lynch replaced Wilson (6 of 9, 82 yards) on Seattle’s third possession Sunday. He was 6 of 15 for 67 yards and a near interception while playing behind a shaky offensive line before Hill’s hit sent him to the sideline. J.T. Barrett took over for the final four minutes and went 0 for 3 with an interception.

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