Tight end Jimmy Graham won't play in the Seahawks' preseason finale at Oakland, but he continues to make very encouraging progress in his comeback from the knee injury that ended his 2015 season. Graham, who has continued to ramp up his workload since coming off of the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 10, practiced fully this week in practice, head coach Pete Carroll said.
"Jimmy has been practicing full-go, and we're thrilled about it," Carroll said. "He is too, he has had a lot of fun being back out with the fellas and all. He had a full week of practice, he'll have another full week of practice, and we'll just keep taking it day-to-day."
Carroll isn't yet ready to say whether or not Graham will play in the opener, but is upbeat about the tight end's progress.
"It's a day-to-day thing to see how he recovers, but he's doing great, and we'll see what that means," Carroll said. "We won't know until late next week."
The news also remains positive on running back Thomas Rawls, who also opened camp on the physically unable to perform list, the result of an ankle injury suffered in December.
"He continued to have a great week," Carroll said. "There's no question he looks to be able to play in the opener."
Carroll wouldn't reveal whether or not Rawls will play Thursday, saying, "I guess you're going to have to wait and find out."
Other injury updates
- Defensive end Michael Bennett was absent for part of the week, though it was nothing out of the ordinary. Instead Bennett was in California having the same procedure performed on his toe that he has been having "for years," Carroll said. "It just takes a few days to get it done… Everything's right on schedule."
- Rookie defensive tackle Jarran Reed won't play Thursday, the result of a toe injury suffered in the second preseason game, but did return to practice this week, and "It really looks like he would have a chance to get back next week," Carroll said.
- Tight end Nick Vannett, who injured his ankle in the second preseason game, still has not started running, and likely won't make it back from the opener. "We're kind of preparing that it will take him another week, but we'll see," Carroll said.
- Carroll said rookie receiver Tanner McEvoy "could" play this week after injuring his groin in the third preseason game. Receiver Kasen Williams also has a chance to play this week after missing the last game with a hamstring injury.
- Carroll also revealed that long snapper Nolan Frese has been battling a shoulder injury that occurred early in the second preseason game. That has been a factor in some of Frese's inaccurate snaps, Carroll said. "I'd like to see him play free of his injury," Carroll said. "He's farther away from it now, he has a better chance. It has bothered him some. It's right in his shoulder, so it does affect his snapping. He does a nice job. I don't know that we've had a (long snapper) make five tackles in three games—that's a fantastic contribution for us, so we've got some real positives there that we're fired up about."
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