Pete Carroll met with the media on Wednesday at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the day before the Seahawks make their 2016 preseason debut at home in a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings that's set for 7 p.m. PT on Thursday, August 18 at CenturyLink Field.
Coming off of this past Saturday's preseason opener in Kansas City, Carroll said the short practice week leaves "all kinds of guys" who are expected to sit out Thursday's game as they continue to recover from injuries, including tight end Jimmy Graham (knee), who won't play as he continues to work his way back to full speed.
"We don't have a timetable for this, that he has to meet any schedule at all," Carroll said of Graham, who suffered a torn patellar tendon in a November game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, an injury that required surgery. "We're just working him back. He's gaining confidence. It's really important to not have any setbacks, so we're being careful. We have three really big weeks coming up here and we'll see how he goes. We'll be continuing to progress him and the action around him. He's doing fine running routes and catching balls and all that, he looks good doing all that stuff. So we're just doing a really nice job, I think, of staging it. We'll see how it goes."
"He's doing well," Carroll later added. "He's making progress. We've had no issues at all in really the work that he's doing on the field. That will continue to increase throughout the next few weeks. Really, we're shooting for where is he at the start of the season. We'll evaluate then how much longer it may take, or he may be ready. We don't know that yet. But he feels good. He's confident that it's going along well. He's got some tests coming up going into next week that will give us some more information and we'll just see how it's going. I'm pleased that he's upbeat about it and confident and he's working very hard to make sure that he takes full advantage of the rehab time as well as the football time, so making good progress."
During the team's recently wrapped-up training camp, Graham was seen working in individual drills but had yet to take part in 11-on-11 team sessions, something Carroll said Graham is close to returning to.
"Yes, he is," Carroll said. "There's some evaluations to be done going into next week. But I don't have any expectation for that right now. We'll just wait and see."
Here are a few more personnel updates from the Seattle head coach heading into Thursday's game against the Vikings:
Running back Thomas Rawls (ankle), who took on a bigger workload in practice this week, will not play against Minnesota. "Thomas got some really good reps in practice," Carroll said. "He'll have a really solid week next week if all goes well. We'll see about what that means in terms of playing, we're not going to rush that at all. But he looked good and that was great to see."
- Offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb (knee) will likely miss his second preseason game, meaning fans can expect to see the same starting line of Bradley Sowell at left tackle, Mark Glowinski at left guard, Justin Britt at center, Germain Ifedi at right guard, and Garry Gilliam at right tackle that Carroll said performed well in limited work at Arrowhead Stadium. "It doesn't look like he's going to make it back," Carroll said of Webb, who had been working with the No. 1 line at right tackle before his setback. "He practiced yesterday. We want to make sure he's back, so we'll probably wait until next week with him unless something changes and he really looks good in pregame."
- Running back C.J. Prosise (hamstring) returned to practice this past week after being sidelined since the opening day of training camp, but Carroll said he won't play against the Vikings. "C.J. will not play in this game," he said. "He'll work out in pregame. He had a good week, but it was a very short week. So we need a good, solid one to make sure that he's back. So next week, if all goes well, we're counting on him playing."
- Strong safety Kam Chancellor (groin) "won't go" against Minnesota. "He's really close," Carroll said. "He was able to practice a little bit, so we're just making sure that it goes away and it's not going to be a lingering issue for him. So we'll take it into next week. We're just kind of guarded about it. We don't want it to nag on through the preseason."
- Defensive tackle Jordan Hill (groin) is "really close" to a return, but will sit out Thursday night. "Again, this being such a short week it's not enough to get him really ready, being sure that he's right, so he kind of falls in that same category," Carroll said. "Next week should be a great week for him if all goes right."
Wide receiver Kasen Williams (hamstring), running backs Zac Brooks (hamstring) and Alex Collins (ankle), and linebacker Mike Morgan (groin) will all play against the Vikings, Carroll said.
Veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, who was added Tuesday, will play "a little bit" against Minnesota. "We've always liked Tony," Carroll said. "We worked him out just to see how he was doing. He had a great workout. He's in terrific shape, he's very trim and ready to go, and he just looked good enough to be able to help us. We know he's a significant factor in the past. We're hoping that he'll show in the next couple weeks that he belongs here and we're going to give him a good shot."
Look through the best photos from the Seahawks final practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center before Thursday night's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.