The Seattle Seahawks competition at the wide receiver spot just got a lot thinner with the news David Moore suffered a shoulder injury during Thursday’s practice and will be out a while.
“David hurt his shoulder and he’s going to be out for a bit,” coach Pete Carroll stated on Friday. “I’ll let you know more when I know more about it.”
A report from NFL insider Tom Pelissero indicated Moore is getting a second opinion on his shoulder and that the injury is not expected to require surgery.
Moore is right in the thick of a very competitive position battle among Seattle’s receivers.
Carroll made it clear that Moore won’t be ready for Week 1. While an injured reserve stint is a possibility, the team would need him to be on the 53-man roster if they wanted him to return at any point this season.
If the injury is severe enough, however, the Seahawks could place Moore on the season-ending IR before roster cuts, therefore freeing up an additional roster spot.
The Seahawks are expected to go into the regular season with Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown and DK Metcalf – assuming he’s healthy – as their top three receivers.
The final two spots are up for grabs, with Gary Jennings, John Ursua, Jazz Ferguson, Malik Turner, Keenan Reynolds, Amara Darboh and Terry Wright all competing alongside Moore for those spots.
If Moore does end up going on the season-ending injured reserve, expect Jennings, Ursua and Ferguson to battle it out for those final two spots on the active roster.