Seahawks’ right tackle James Carpenter tore his ACL last November and predictably will start Training Camp on the active/PUP list when it opens for the Seahawks. After that, he’ll almost definitely be transferred to the reserve/PUP list when the regular season starts, which means he’ll miss at least 6 games. According to ESPN’s John Clayton, Carpenter will likely then be transferred to IR and will not play a snap in 2012.
Clayton cites that the knee injury was really bad and goes on to say that “it hasn’t really had a full time to heal. I think he’s slow in healing. If they get four games out of him they’re lucky.” In his absence, career journeyman Breno Giacomini played alright and he will remain the starting right tackle at least until Carpenter returns, which it doesn’t sound like is going to happen any time soon.
Carpenter struggled mightily as a rookie before his injury, after going 25th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, but rookies can struggle and still go on to have good careers. Missing his entire 2nd season, however, does not help at all and could lead to 2013 being a make or break season for him. None of his 2014 salary is guaranteed so they can cut him without penalty after the 2013 season if he doesn’t get his act together. Carpenter looks as close to a bust as any player who is just 1 year removed from being a 1st round pick can. Carpenter was a surprise pick in the 1st place and has not validated himself or Pete Carroll for “reaching” for him.