Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane needs offseason knee surgery

Feb 19, 2015, 11:30 AM | Updated: 12:13 pm
Jeremy Lane could miss the start of next season due to a knee injury he sustained in the Super Bowl...
Jeremy Lane could miss the start of next season due to a knee injury he sustained in the Super Bowl. (AP)
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In addition to breaking his wrist during his interception return in Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks nickelback Jeremy Lane also sustained a knee injury that will require offseason surgery.

General manager John Schneider shared that news Thursday during an off-camera interview with reporters at the NFL scouting combine. It’s not clear what part of Lane’s knee was damaged, but according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, Schneider said the injury will threaten Lane’s availability for the start of next season.

The injuries occurred when New England’s Julian Edelman tackled Lane as he was running back a first-quarter interception deep in Patriots territory. There was no mention of a knee injury on the play, only the broken wrist that Lane sustained when he was upended and tried to cushion his landing with his left hand.

Lane’s injury was costly enough at the time as it forced second-year cornerback Tharold Simon into action. Simon took over at right cornerback – with Byron Maxwell sliding inside to the slot – and was beat on two of New England’s touchdowns as well as another long gain that set up one of those scores.

As it turns out, the impact of Lane’s injury could linger on into the start of next season if his recovery from knee surgery keeps him out beyond training camp. That possibility heightens Seattle’s deep for depth at cornerback, something the team figures to address in the draft and/or free agency.

Schneider also addressed the statuses of some other injured players, including free safety Earl Thomas and wide receiver Paul Richardson.

According Condotta, Schneider said there’s no concern about Thomas’ availability for the start of the season but that he could miss the beginning of training camp while recovering from shoulder surgery, which he hasn’t yet undergone.

Schneider said Richardson’s recovery from reconstructive knee surgery could force him to miss the beginning of the season, which is no surprise given the typical timetable for ACL injuries.

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