Early indications are that Moore is not expected to require surgery, a source told ESPN. But his injury is another setback for a receiver corps that no longer has Doug Baldwin and is already without rookie DK Metcalf, who is recovering from a recent knee surgery that has his availability for Week 1 in question.
Carroll left no doubt that Moore’s injury, which occurred in practice Thursday, will keep him out of Seattle’s Sept. 8 opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, if not longer.
“He’s going to be out awhile,” Carroll said.
Moore, a seventh-round pick in 2017, emerged as a big-play threat last season while catching 26 passes for 445 yards and five touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, Moore generated the third-highest passer rating when targeted on go routes at 108.8, behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown. Moore is projected to be a regular in Seattle’s receiver rotation along with Tyler Lockett, Metcalf and veteran Jaron Brown.
Metcalf had what Carroll described as a “minimal” surgery on his knee earlier this week. Carroll said Metcalf has “no swelling at all” and again expressed optimism that the promising second-round pick will be back soon.
“He’s really on track to really make a great recovery,” Carroll said. “… We don’t think he’s going to lose much [more] than a couple weeks and he’ll be active next week for sure doing a lot of stuff. He’s making a great recovery, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he can make it back quickly.”