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Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette says 'road to recovery has started'

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette announced on Instagram on Thursday that he's been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery for ligament damage in his neck earlier this week.

A fifth-year player, Lockette, 29, suffered injuries while covering a punt in the team's Week 8 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys safety Jeff Heath hit Lockette on the play, and Lockette suffered a concussion and disk injury, in addition to the ligament damage. He will not play again this season, coach Pete Carroll said.

The surgery took place Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and left tackle Russell Okung stayed with Lockette while the rest of the team flew back to Seattle after the game.

Asked earlier this week whether he knew anything about Lockette's long-term prognosis for returning to football, Carroll said, "Not right now. I don't know anything about that."