As soon as I could get excited about Seattle Seahawks‘ fourth round pick DL Cassius Marsh, he’s down with a knee injury. How serious? He was immediately scheduled for an MRI, creating worry among this guy and other fans. Watching him charge around the practice field and all over Sports Authority field made me anxious to watch the rookie chase Aaron Rodgers.
The hybrid end/tackle has been impressing Pete Carroll and Dan Quinn with his quick hands and relentless energy. He recorded four tackles and a sack in the first preseason game against the Denver Broncos. He was poised to be part of the defensive line rotation inside, outside and perhaps even linebacker.
The results from the MRI indicate it was a slight sprain, and the fact that he was not helped off the field is a good sign. No timetable for his return has been released, but I’m relieved. Three weeks remain until Seattle hosts the Green Bay Packers. I imagine Seattle will be cautious with Marsh for the rest of the preseason. Hopefully I’ll get my wish and Rodgers will get to meet the Seahawks’ newest pass rusher the hard way.
Until then, it’s up to Jackson Jeffcoat, Benson Mayowa and O’Brien Schofield to step up in Marsh’s place. Can any of them display both defensive tackle power with defensive end mobility like Marsh did? As I wrote before, he was a 290-300 pound freshman interior lineman who trimmed down to 265 pounds his senior year, and 252 for the NFL combine.
Seattle made it a priority in recent years to stay deep on the defensive line. Someone else will get things done, but Marsh’s injury does not seem to be too serious.