After Tyler Lockett was placed on injured reserve Tuesday followng surgery Saturday on his season-ending broken leg, another player who knows something about health setbacks, Kasen Williams, was promoted by the Seahawks to take Lockett’s place among the wide receivers Sunday for the regular-season finale in San Francisco.
The former University of Washington star had a similar injury in his junior season of 2013 when he broke his fibula against Oregon. He also had a foot injury. Both required surgery, ending his season and diminishing his senior year. One of the nation’s most sought-after recruits out of Skyline High in Sammamish went undrafted.
The Seahawks signed him to the practice squad as an undrafted free agent. He finally made the 2015 roster late in the season, and played in two regular season games and both playoff games, mostly on special teams.
In 2016, he was released on the Sept. 3 cutdown, mostly because of a persistent hamstring strain, but was added back to the practice squad Sept. 20.
Lockett broke his fibula and tibia during a second-quarter goal-line tackle in Sunday’s 34-31 loss to Arizona. The bones penetrated skin and required an immediate operation. Coach Pete Carroll said he anticipated Lockett would be able to return to training camp in July.
Paul Richardson is expected to join Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin in the three-wide sets. Carroll said Richardson is the likely kickoff and punt returner.