Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times reported this afternoon that tight end John Carlson of the Seahawks was set to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and will miss the 2011 season. Carlson had not been available to the team since the first exhibition game.

I was excited about the prospects of a two-tight end set with Carlson and offseason acquisition Zach Miller in this offense. The preseason has not been kind to Tarvaris Jackson, so a heavy reliance on the tight end position seemed very likely. Unfortunately, Carlson was far more likely to be utilized as a blocker, thereby limiting his fantasy potential.

It doesn’t change the thinking of the fantasy world, but we’ll put him on the injury “Watch” list for wherever free agency takes him in 2012.