Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette had surgery Monday to repair ligament damage in his neck from an injury on the field Sunday in Dallas. But the injury should not affect the quality of his life, head coach Pete Carroll said.
Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette underwent surgery Monday afternoon to fix ligament and disc issues in his neck resulting from a hard block in Sunday’s 13-12 win at Dallas and will be out for the rest of the season.
The surgery was deemed successful by the team in an official statement released late Monday afternoon that read: “Ricardo Lockette underwent successful neck surgery this afternoon at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days for recovery. He will be up and moving around as early as tomorrow and his neurological signs are all positive.”
The team had announced Monday morning that Lockette would have surgery after he “sustained ligament damage in his neck that requires surgery to stabilize. He will undergo surgery this afternoon at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He has full motion and feeling in all extremities and his prognosis is good. We will provide an update following surgery.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said during his regular Monday meeting with the media at 3 .m. that the surgery was still ongoing but that Lockette was “comfortable” and that “everything is going fine.” He said it was simply “a long surgery” in which work was being done both to repair ligament damage but also to discs, as well. Seattle teammates Marshawn Lynch and Russell Okung were among a contingent of people with the team who stayed with Lockette for the surgery.
Carroll referred to the injury as “serious. Ligament issues and disc issues.” Carroll said he couldn’t say what the injury means for Lockette’s football future but said it should not impact his overall quality of life. Carroll said Lockette also suffered a concussion on the play.
Heath was flagged for a personal foul penalty for a blind side hit.
Lockette was prone on the field for 10 minutes or so before being transported off the field, raising his right arm and finger in the air.
Lockette tweeted Monday, thanking folks for the support they have shown him since the scary incident.
Carroll said again that Lockette has full movement of all of his extremities and said Lockette had that movement on the field.
“He was concussed, but once he came back to us he let us know that he was OK,” Carroll said. “He just wasn’t going to move until they took care of him.”
Carroll said the play was “a high hit” and said “the league will figure that out.”
Carroll added “there’s no way” Lockette will make it back this season but declined to speculate if it’s an injury that could end his career.
Seattle may replace Lockette on the roster with receiver Paul Richardson, who last week came off the physically-unable-to-perform list and could be activated for the game against Arizona on Nov. 15. Seattle has a bye this week.
Heath is likely to be fined by the NFL for the hit — the minimum fine for that specific offense is $23,152. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted Monday that Heath makes $34,411 per week.
Carroll said the Seahawks had not heard from anyone within the Dallas organization on Monday.
Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett on Sunday criticized Dallas coach Jason Garrett for not checking on Lockette.
Garrett Monday said he had great concern for Lockette but that “I don’t know that it’s my role as the head coach of the opposing team to go over there and spend time with their player. We’re trying to keep our guys away as best we could, but trust me, if you’ve been around this league for any amount of time, your concern for a situation like that, regardless of how competitive the game is, is serious.”
Garrett also said of Heath’s hit that “He was playing hard, and he was trying obviously to hit him the right way. They [officials] just didn’t see that.”