After three straight days of full participation on the practice field, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he expects Jimmy Graham to see action in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins at CenturyLink Field.
"I do," Carroll replied following Friday's practice on if he expects the former Pro Bowl tight end to play this weekend. "I do expect him to play."
Graham has been working his way back from a torn patellar tendon he suffered last November and is listed as 'questionable' on the team's official gameday status report. But this year, the 'questionable' designation holds new meaning. The NFL got rid of the 'probable' designation in 2016 and redefined 'questionable' from a player having a 50-50 chance of playing to it being uncertain whether that player will play in the game. Carroll's comments on Graham, though, indicate a chance he'll see the field against the Dolphins.
"He had a great last few weeks," Carroll said. "He's done everything we could ask of him. He couldn't be more excited about playing."
Carroll also elaborated on the injury to rookie offensive lineman Germain Ifedi, the expected starter at right guard who was limited with an ankle injury on Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday and Friday, saying, "He twisted his ankle and he's questionable right now."
"We'll find out," Carroll said of Ifedi's readiness. "We don't know. We'll give it a couple days."
If Ifedi cannot play Sunday, one option the Seahawks have is to insert veteran free-agent addition J'Marcus Webb at the spot. Webb, acquired from the Oakland Raiders this offseason, was competing against Garry Gilliam for the starting right tackle job, but has the ability to play inside as well.
"That it's not a tough move for him," Carroll said in response to a question on what he's learned about Webb's play at guard compared to his play at tackle. "I think he played 11 games at right guard last year, so he's been there and if that's the way it goes he has background, he's been at the spot. A very versatile player, he's been on both sides. This was not a difficult move for him at all. I think he is ready to be the starter if we need him."
On Webb's play with the Raiders, Carroll added: "He played big. He's a huge guy and he's got great length. He played good, aggressive ball. They moved him out to tackle I think for four games or something like that and he played mostly guard for them. He's played left tackle and he's played right tackle and he's played guard. He's just come in with that flexibility and he's come in as a really big guy and a really good pass protector because he's so long. … We're very fortunate if that's the case and he jumps in for Germain that we're going to be solid there."
Elsewhere on the injury front, rookie defensive tackle Jarran Reed (toe) and cornerback Tharold Simon (knee) will play against Miami.
"He's playing," Carroll said of Reed. "No hesitation there. He had a really good week."
And on Simon, Carroll added: "He practiced fine today and he's ready to go."
Rookie tight end Nick Vannett (ankle), meanwhile, will miss this weekend's game. Carroll said Seattle is "hoping" he'll be ready to return next week.
"It'll be a day-to-day thing," Carroll said of Vannett. "He's going to have to have a pretty good weekend I think. He is running now, he's out running, so that's a good sign. How far he can bring it, we'll have to wait and see. We're really looking forward to Nick coming back. He had a great start in camp and it'd be great to get him back out there."
Looking to the Seahawks' Week 1 opponent, the Dolphins will be without Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey (hip), who didn't partake in practice all week. Also sidelined will be running back Jay Ajayi (not injury related), meaning Miami will have Damien Williams, Kenyan Drake, and if healthy, Isaiah Pead (hamstring) at running back behind starter Arian Foster, the former Houston Texans Pro Bowler who won the starting job for the Dolphins in preseason.
Here's a closer look at both teams' gameday designations, as well as players' practice participation levels for Friday:
TE Nick Vannett (Did Not Participate, Ankle)
G/T Germain Ifedi (Did Not Participate, Ankle)
TE Jimmy Graham (Full Participation, Knee)
C Mike Pouncey (Did Not Participate, Hip)
RB Jay Ajayi (Did Not Participate, Not Injury Related)
DE Terrence Fede (Full Participation, Knee)
DT Earl Mitchell (Full Participation, Calf)
G Laremy Tunsil (Full Participation, Knee)
LB Jelani Jenkins (Limited Participation, Knee)
RB Isaiah Pead (Full Participation, Hamstring)
WR DeVante Parker (Limited Participation, Hamstring)
Look through the best photos from the Seahawks final day of practice before their first regular season game on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.