The Seattle Seahawks used their second first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to select Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
He was seen by many as the top receiver in the class and has already shown flashes of greatness in his first preseason.
Unfortunately, in Week 2 of the preseason, Smith-Njigba suffered a wrist injury that will require surgery.
According to Adam Schefter, Smith-Njigba will undergo surgery on Tuesday and his timetable for return is unknown.
Yet, it is possible that he can return for the start of the regular season.
Seahawks’ first-round pick Jaxon Smith-Njigba is undergoing wrist surgery today in Philadelphia, but still could have a chance to be ready for the start of the regular season, per sources. Surgery will determine how long he will miss. He hurt his wrist Saturday night vs. Dallas.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 22, 2023
This is not what anyone wanted to see happen in the preseason.
But, injuries are a large part of the game and that is why many teams choose not to play their starters in the preseason.
Smith-Njigba was the first receiver picked in the draft for a reason.
He has all the skills to be an elite player for a long time.
It was interesting to see him land with Seattle due to their plethora of wide receivers.
But, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and now Smith-Njigba give them one of the best trios in the NFL.
Seattle was the surprise team of the NFL last season.
They won nine games and got themselves into the playoffs behind journeyman quarterback Geno Smith.
Now with the added weapons on offense, Smith should be in for another strong year.
The Seahawks gave Smith a long-term extension this offseason.
It is now his team in Seattle and it will be interesting to see what he does for an encore.NEXT: Rich Eisen Discusses If The Seahawks Can Contend This Season