It took Will Dissly just 11 games to become a Seahawks fan favorite and earn the respect of every player in the locker room. That's what made it so tough to see the tight end suffer a season-ending injury for the second-consecutive season.
Dissly had surgery on Thursday to repair a torn left Achilles.
"I was gutted for him, man, especially knowing about his comeback from last year and the injury that he sustained," Luke Willson said. "I'm sure that was a long haul. I feel terrible for the guy."
Unlike Willson, Wagner was there to witness Dissly's grueling recovery from a torn right patellar tendon suffered in the fourth game of his rookie season
"You definitely feel for him because you watched him get hurt and you watched him grind all offseason," Wagner said. "To see him bounce back and then come and get off to the amazing start that he did and then get hit again. It was unfortunate, but at the same he too when I saw him afterwards, his spirit was something. His spirits were, ‘Let me do this again.'"
Dissly's ability to stay positive in the face of continued adversity is admirable. Like his torn patellar tendon, Achilles injuries are also viewed as one of the more challenging injuries to come back from. But that clearly isn't bogging Dissly down.
"If you think this is going to stop me, you don't know me very well," the tight end said as part of a tweet on Thursday, made complete by the hashtag "#Dissly2020."
He told Willson something similar following Sunday's win against the Browns.
"Even after the game he was so positive,' Wilson said. "He was like, ‘Yo man I'm going to get this thing right and come back.' He's got a great attitude."
Beyond the personal sentiment, losing Dissly leaves a massive void in Seattle's offense. The tight end posted four touchdowns in six games as his breakout campaign was one of the team's biggest early seasons storylines.
"He was performing incredible," Willson said. "He was a complete tight end for us. It's a big loss for the squad man. We're going to, as a group, kind of pick up the slack."
Willson and Jacob Hollister are the two remaining tight ends on the Seahawks active roster… for now. Pete Carroll indicated that help could be on the way.
"We're working on some stuff," Carroll said semi-cryptically on Wednesday.
Regardless of whether or not Seattle makes a move at the position, the loss of Dissly will be felt for the remainder of the season.