Year one in the NFL was a success for former Michigan State star Kenneth Walker III.
In fact, he continued that success that he conjured up during his final college football season after transferring to Michigan State from Wake Forest and won the Doak Walker Award. Although he didn’t begin his rookie year as the starting running back in Seattle, he took over when injuries paved the way for an opportunity.
And he never looked back.
Walker finished with 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns and he caught 27 passes for 165 yards. He became one of the best running backs in the league.
Obviously, the anticipation for the encore is through the roof. But it may have hit a roadblock.
Kenneth Walker III sidelined with groin injury
It was reported over the weekend that rookie running back Zach Charbonnet would be sidelined with a shoulder injury and many believed that was going to ensure that Walker is the workhorse.
However, shortly after the Charbonnet news broke, Pete Carroll told reporters that Walker, too, was dealing with an injury and could be out for a while.
The current reports call it a “week-to-week” injury and that could mean he misses the entire preseason just to heal up and get ready for the start of the 2023 season. That would honestly be the smartest move, especially considering he doesn’t have to prove anything in the preseason. His job is safe.
Let’s hope the injury (groins are usually a tough injury) doesn’t nag him all season long and he heals up for another run at 1,000 yards and a top-10 finish in rushing yards in the NFL.