Undrafted rookie free agent receiver Tanner McEvoy is questionable to play at Oakland Thursday due to a groin injury suffered against Dallas.
Rookie undrafted free agent receiver/tight end Tanner McEvoy is battling a groin issue and it’s uncertain if he will be able to play when the Seahawks close out the preseason Thursday at Oakland.
“He has a groin thing, we’re just going day-to-day on it now,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Sunday’s practice. “We’re really hoping he can get back for this week’s ball game. It’s questionable at best right now because he did tweak his groin. That’s different than what he went into the game with that slowed him down a little bit. That’s too bad.”
McEvoy has been making a run at a roster spot due to his unique size — almost 6-6 and 230 — and ability to play many roles. Listed as a receiver, he spent last week working with the tight ends, a spot where the Seahawks have some sudden depth issues with Nick Vannett out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain and Jimmy Graham’s date of return still uncertain.
McEvoy had one catch for 43 yards against Dallas but was limited late in the game with the groin issue. He also caught a 37-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game of the preseason opener at Kansas City to key a 17-16 Seattle win.
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Several other receivers have also been out of late, including former UW standouts Kasen Williams and Kevin Smith. Each has played in just one preseason game due to a hamstring injury — Smith debuted against Dallas Thursday while Williams played against Minnesota the week before but sat out against the Cowboys.
Carroll did not give a timeline for Vannett other than to say that both he and rookie defensive tackle Jarran Reed will not play against Oakland. Reed is out with ankle/toe issues.
“Both those guys are not going to make it this week and it’s going to be a race against it next week (for the season opener against Miami),” Carroll said. “Jarran is ahead of Nick I would say, but we’re going to wait and see. We won’t know.”
Carroll also said defensive tackle Sealver Siliga remains out. He has yet to play and has practiced only sparingly during training camp after signing as a free agent in the off-season.
“He hasn’t been able to make it back,” Carroll said. “He just has not been able to get healthy, it was an off season calf injury that never went away. It’s been very difficult to get a good evaluation.”
The Seahawks have to cut their roster from 90 to 75 by Tuesday at 1 p.m. Carroll said the Seahawks have begun the process of making cuts but would not announce any until Tuesday.