Originally published May 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM | Page modified May 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM
Seahawks' TE Anthony McCoy out nine months with Achilles tendon injury
Pressure could be on fifth-round pick Luke Willson to fill role of backup tight end
By Bob Condotta
Seattle Times staff reporter
When fifth-round draft pick Luke Willson emerged as one of the standout players at the Seahawks' recent rookie minicamp, he loomed as a potentially intriguing luxury for the 2013 season.
But now, the progress of Willson could become critical to the high expectations greeting this season after it was learned Friday that backup tight end Anthony McCoy will be out as many as nine months after suffering an Achilles tendon injury that required surgery.
McCoy, a four-year veteran from USC, was apparently injured late during Seattle's first offseason training activity of the season Monday. USA Today reported, and the team later confirmed, that he had surgery on Thursday. McCoy was carted off the field with what was initially described as an ankle injury.
McCoy projected to be Seattle's backup tight end this season to Zach Miller, the same role he had a year ago when he caught 18 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
Without McCoy, Miller is the only tight end on the Seahawks' roster who has caught a pass in a game.
Other tight ends on the roster are Willson, veterans Sean McGrath and Cooper Helfet and undrafted free agents Victor Marshall and Darren Fells.
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