Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham had surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon, and "Everything went really well," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
Graham, who is recovering in Florida, was "uncomfortable the next couple of days, just fighting through it to start getting back." But now that he is on the road to recovery, Carroll said Graham's "spirits are looking ahead and all that. But it was a difficult surgery for him."
Graham, who injured his knee attempting to catch a pass in the fourth-quarter of Sunday's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, is expected to be back by the start of next season, Carroll said, though an exact timeline for his recovery is not yet known.
While away from the team, Graham has been in touch with his teammates, and after being understandably down about the injury early in the week, his spirits are picking up.
"I think he's upset about what happened, everyone would be, but he's at the point where I think he's ready to really attack this rehab," said tight end Luke Willson, who will take over the starting role in Graham's absence. "His spirits have kind of changed. I just kind of got that sense. He's going to make the best of the situation and again, probably come back stronger than ever. A guy who works as hard as he does, I've got a feeling he'll be back sooner, rather than later."