Seattle Seahawks fans got good news about tight end Luke Willson today. The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that the veteran tight end had successful arthroscopic right knee surgery at Seattle Surgery Center Tuesday morning. Head Team Physician Dr. Ed Khalfayan performed the procedure.
Willson suffered the injury in Seattle’s narrow 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday. During a one-yard Christine Michael touchdown run that brought the Seahawks to within one-point, Willson got tangled up in the pile and had his right leg awkwardly twisted.
Although the Seahawks were hoping that the tight end would not need surgery, head coach Pete Carroll foreshadowed the procedure on Monday.
“Luke’s got some stuff that we’ve got to work on,” he said. “We’ve got to figure out what to do with him.”
Then this morning Willson tweeted a picture of himself after the procedure, clarifying the speculation that he would get surgery.
Ultimately Willson did avoid the worst with this particular injury. The big fear was that he tore a major ligament in his knee and would need reconstructive surgery. So the arthroscopic procedure was welcome news to the Seahawks.
That being said, he will miss a significant amount of time as he recovers from the surgery. He will likely make a return to the playing field in 2016 barring any setbacks, but it will not come without several games missed.