The Seahawks have placed TE Ed Dickson on the non-football injury list to open the season. That means he can return to practice after 6 weeks and join the active roster after 8. Dickson's continued absence lets Nick Vannett stay in the lead TE role heading into the regular season.

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Seahawks TEs Nick Vannett (back) and Ed Dickson (quad) are both set to play against the Lions on Sunday. Vannett has been operating as Seattle’s lead TE, but Dickson could take over that role. Avoid the situation in Week 8 fantasy lineups.

Seahawks TE Ed Dickson still has yet to even practice with his new team. The offseason free-agent addition has spent all of training camp and preseason on the PUP list because of a groin/quad issue. "He's tremendously behind, but he's been studying and working at it the whole time, and now we need to see it come to life," HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Carroll said the Seahawks hope to get Dickson back for the regular-season opener. If that happens, we'll see if Dickson can push Nick Vannett aside and immediately join the starters. Neither TE is any more than a late option even in TE-heavy formats.

The Seahawks on Friday reached a 3-year, $14 million deal with former Panthers TE Ed Dickson. We’re not sure yet on the guaranteed portion of that, but it’s hard to bet on the 30-year-old getting all of that. Dickson has been a decent player but also a backup for most of his career. The new situation could push him into the top half of TE2 territory, but we’re not getting fired up about him. The losses of TE Jimmy Graham and WR Paul Richardson could leave more and better targets for WR Tyler Lockett. We’ll see who else Seattle adds this offseason, though

The Panthers have signed TE Ed Dickson.  Since posting a 54-528-5 line for the Ravens in 2011, Dickson has totaled just 46 grabs, 498 yards and 1 score the past 2 seasons.  He finished 55th in Pro Football Focus' 2012 TE rankings and dead last in 2013.  Dickson will step in as Carolina's #2 TE behind Greg Olsen.  Ben Hartsock played that role last year and saw just 324 snaps and not a single target.  Dickson won't be a fantasy factor this season, despite Carolina's WR shortage.

Ravens TE Ed Dickson returned for a limited practice Monday.  He had been out for about 2 weeks with a slight hamstring tear.  Assuming he doesn't incur any setbacks, though, Dickson should have plenty of time to get ready for the regular-season opener.  That might just leave 1 of the recent veteran additions -- Visanthe Shiancoe and Dallas Clark -- off the Week 1 roster.  A healthy Dickson brings top 12 upside in place of the injured Dennis Pitta.

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