A couple of things have become clear over the last when it comes to Tarvaris Jackson, who has played in the last three games, staring two, since coming back from a strained pectoral muscle.
For one, he’s one tough dude. Clearly Jackson is not right. That thing is hurting him, as is evident both in his body language at times, and in the fact that he remains limited in practice more than five weeks since the injury occurred.
And two, this problem won’t go away this season. Jackson and the Seahawks coaches and trainers are figuring out how to monitor the injury and keep him on the field, but this will remain an issue all year. In fact, neither Jackson or Carroll knows if he will or won’t need surgery at some point, either after the season is over, or perhaps even during the year should the injury get worse.
“I can’t tell you that,” Carroll said when asked if surgery could be required. “At the end of Friday we’ll know, ‘Is he better Friday?’ Because he goes back and forth. It doesn’t just always steadily improve for him and it responds each day that he works. So it’s a very minimal amount of work that he’s doing and he’s doing fine. He’s doing remarkably well under the circumstances and we’ll see how he does again this week.”
Jackson said he isn’t thinking about that right now, but also knows it’s a possibility.
“If I’m able to play…regardless of next year we’re living for right now. We’re trying to win each game every Sunday,” he said. “Who knows what might happen next year? So I’m just trying to be here as much as I can right now and do the best job I can right now. I’m not really thinking about the surgery. They told me it’s a possibility, but in my head I’m not thinking that. I’m just trying to make sure that I’m healthy for each game and take it one game at a time and let next year take care of next year. And if I have to have surgery in the offseason I don’t think it’ll set me back for next year. Of course there will be some rehab time, but it’s nothing that I’m thinking about right now.”