One of the more interesting storylines to come out of the Seattle Seahawks‘ camp this week was the reported knee injury to rookie DE Cassius Marsh. Apparently, the standout was seen favoring his knee as he limped to the locker room following an on-field collision during Wednesday’s practice. Marsh then received an MRI on Thursday, and the team announced that their fourth-round draft pick had suffered a slight knee sprain.
Of course following the news, nobody expected the former UCLA Bruin to actually play in the Seahawks’ second preseason game of 2014 against the San Diego Chargers just two days later. Yet there he was, suited and booted, ready to go alongside his fellow defensive linemen during pre-game.
While the guy definitely gets cool points for his toughness, it might not have been the most intelligent decision to play given his potential long-term value to Seattle’s defense.
In fact, it’s safe to say the Seahawks may have sidestepped a serious landmine allowing the defensive madman to play, given his recent injury scare. After all, Marsh has been a reliable contributor throughout training camp and has undoubtedly become one of the primary instigators for the Seahawks up front. Had it been more serious, Seattle’s defensive coaching staff could have had some difficult decisions to make.
Obviously, Seattle did their fair share of homework regarding their rookie’s injury and felt comfortable with it prior to allowing him on the field. Plus, nobody knows his body quite like Marsh does, but the young man from UCLA could very well enter the 2014 season as the No. 3 defensive end in Seattle, making him a valuable commodity.
His ability to attack offensive lines from the edge as well as the interior makes him a near carbon-copy of Seahawks star Michael Bennett. With that sort of potential, keeping Marsh healthy for the regular season should be the primary goal at all costs. In the end, the team’s decision now fortunately becomes a moot point with Marsh finishing the game without further injury.
The rookie even managed to perform well once again, this time against the aforementioned Chargers. He posted two tackles in limited action, bringing his preseason total up to six tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss; certainly numbers that are achievable all season given Marsh’s outstanding potential.
However, regardless of his in-game performance, the better news for the 12th Man should definitely be the fact that Marsh came away from Week 2 relatively unscathed.