The Seahawks held a "Bonus Day" workout on Monday at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, and while the team won't be required to submit reports to the NFL with injury designations and practice participation levels until they return to action on Wednesday, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll met with the media to share a few updates of his own.
Jimmy Graham, who last we heard has been "full-go" at practice, is taking it "one day at a time" in his return to work from the torn patellar tendon that ended his 2015 season with the Seahawks last November. Carroll said he has "no expectations" that the former Pro Bowl tight end will play this Sunday, Sept. 11 in the regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins at CenturyLink Field, but noted Graham is "really pushing it" and the club will "see what that means at the end of the week."
"He's pumped up about it," Carroll said of Graham. "We're going one day at a time with the thought that he's going to play. That's our thought. We'll find out how that works out with no goal in mind at this point. Really we're just going to do it and see what that means. He's doing that so that he practices at his highest level and he's really pushing it, so we can see.
"It's very similar to how we did with Thomas [Rawls]," Carroll added."And so we'll see what that means at the end of the week and we'll just take it one day at a time and then one week at a time. I have no expectations that he's going to play this week. I'm not counting on that happening. I'm just counting on him coming out and having a really good day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and then we'll see what happens from there."
Speaking of Rawls, Carroll said the Seahawks would "love for him to carry the ball quite a bit" against Miami. Rawls, who saw his only preseason action against the Oakland Raiders last Thursday after spending the offseason recovering from a season-ending ankle injury suffered last December, "looks like he's in full speed" and "ready to go," Carroll said.
"He's much more confident, he knows where he fits, he's ready in the next couple weeks to get back where he can play in and start a game, take a game over, and do all the things he can do," Carroll said. "There's still time to take care of him as we get him back, he only carried the ball a couple of times so far, but he's done everything we could ask him. He has had an extraordinary offseason of hard work, everybody admires the heck out of him. He was here every day throughout the entire off season and just did a great job. It's a great accomplishment for him and he looks like he's in full speed, ready to go."
On what the Seahawks hope to see from Rawls moving forward, Carroll said, ""Just progress, just make progress with him. I don't want to rush him, this is his second preseason game in a sense. So we'll see how he does and I'd love for him to carry the ball quite a bit in this game and then we'll know where we stand going into next week. It's just really bringing him along properly and carefully. We want to make sure we take care of him."
Here's a few more injury updates from Carroll's Monday press conference:
- Second-round pick Jarran Reed, who has missed time recently with a toe injury, practiced Monday. "Oh he's terrific," said Carroll. "Just like we saw, he proved it when he got out here. He's a terrific run player, has great technique. Really tough. Great attitude. He practiced today so he'll be back in action. He has terrific instincts. The savvy that he brings is special and he makes special plays. He kind of feels where the blocks are coming and where the ball carrier is going, [and makes plays] that not everybody makes. He's a big improvement for us and with our big guys inside, that's a pretty good mix we can go with right now. He can play nose tackle and three-technique."
- Receiver Tanner McEvoy, who Carroll said could also play tight end against Miami, is "ready to go" after managing a groin injury. "He really got back last week and we wanted to keep him out of that last game to ensure that he'd be here this week. He had an excellent preseason for us. Very versatile football player. Really made a great statement because of what he did on special teams. He's done some other things too, but on special teams it really jumped out. That's always been the way our young receivers have made their spot. He kind of did it in classic fashion so we're happy to have him on there."
- Tight end Nick Vannett (ankle) was the lone Seahawk who didn't practice Monday and according to Carroll will not play against the Dolphins. ""He's still working at it. He's the one guy that still couldn't practice today. It's like a day-to-day, week-to-week kind of thing this week. He's doing some of the running now. He won't make it this week. He won't play this week, but after that he's got a chance."
- Carroll said waiving defensive tackle Jordan Hill as injured this past weekend was more about the way rookie Quinton Jefferson has stepped up than anything else. "He couldn't stay healthy," Carroll said of Hill. "He just couldn't stay healthy and unfortunately he wasn't able to really put his best foot forward and other guys did well. Really, this is a bigger statement about Quinton Jefferson. He really has come to us and he can play five-technique for us and three-technique and be a contributor in the rush team as well as an inside guy. It was just a guy beat another guy out because of availability and hard work and all that. So I really think it's more about Q than it is about anything else."
Check out the best photos from the Seahawks practice held at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Monday as the team prepares for the first regular season game of 2016 against the Miami Dolphins.