by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks decision to expend two draft picks on the defensive tackle position appears to have been more out of necessity than originally believed.
The team announced Thursday that DT Greg Scruggs had undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury happened prior to the NFL Draft. Scruggs tweeted it happened around three weeks ago. The surgery was performed by team surgeon Ed Khalfayan at Seattle Surgery Center.
With players reporting for offseason workouts on April 15, it was likely injured during workouts with the team. With the surgery happening in May, it would have to be considered a long-shot at best for Scruggs to play for the team this season.
The Seahawks went into the draft knowing Scruggs would likely miss the whole year. It makes the selections of DT Jordan Hill and DT Jesse Williams look even more important in keeping functional depth along the defensive line.
Scruggs was a seventh round pick by Seattle last season and developed into a versatile option along the Seahawks defensive line. Scruggs appeared in 11 games and recorded five tackles and two sacks in limited action. Seattle used him at the tackle position and would also slide him outside to defensive end as well.