Sidney Rice’s retirement opened up opportunities for other wide receivers in Seahawks camp, but it may be tough for fourth-round pick Kevin Norwood to get enough of them to make the team after he had foot surgery on Tuesday.
Norwood had been bothered by a bone spur in his foot since the first days of camp and coach Pete Carroll said that he could have continued trying to play through it, but the decision was made to take care of the issue now. Carroll added that the team hoped to have Norwood back before the end of the preseason.
“He could tough it out — he has in the past. We want to try and fix him and get him right. We think it will be a very quick recovery and he could make it back by the end of [preseason],” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “We’ll have to wait and see how it works out. We’re glad to fix him the guy has been playing with a lot of pain he just sucks it up and goes through, but we figured out how to help him.”
Getting back late in camp won’t do Norwood any favors in terms of making the 53-man roster. Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette return from last season and the Seahawks also drafted Paul Richardson in the second round, a group that could have left Norwood on the outside looking in even without the missed time.