An MRI exam showed that Stevens had torn the meniscus in the same knee that was operated on April 25. He was scheduled to have surgery on Friday in Seattle.
With Seattle's season opening against the Detroit Lions on September 10 and a bye on October 8th, Stevens could miss up to two months while only sitting out four regular-season games. The Seahawks' schedule resumes after the bye with a game at St. Louis on October 15th.
Stevens was hurt while trying to catch a pass from Matt Hasselbeck during the team's training camp in Cheney, Washington. The pass was broken up and Stevens fell to the ground, landing heavily on his knees. He was taken to the locker room on a cart.
"It looked like he got tripped up a little bit ... and he just kind of came down on his knee. That's what it looked like to me," coach Mike Holmgren said. "We'll see it on film, but he just came down on it and the knee bore the weight of his body."
Stevens emerged last season as a favorite target of Hasselbeck's. He had career highs of 45 receptions and five touchdowns. This preseason has been one of limited activity for Stevens, as Hasselbeck noted on Thursday. “We haven’t had him this whole time," the quarterback said, referring to the offseason procedure that limited Stevens' activity. "It’s not going to be much different then it’s been all offseason. Having him back on the field was fun. It was nice, it gives our offense an element of speed at that position, stretching the field and that kind of stuff, but there’s stuff that those other guys do really well too.”
Veteran Itula Mili will most likely get the majority of reps as the starting tight end in Stevens' absence, with free-agent aquisition Will Heller playing a reserve role as a blocker and occasional pass-catcher.
The Seahawks face the Colts at Indianapolis this this Sunday night.