Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday’s opener against the Miami Dolphins. Graham is dealing with a knee injury that he spent the offseason recovering from, but he was a full participant at practice this week.
There is a chance that Graham won’t play, as by definition the questionable designation is now supposed to denote any player whose status is “uncertain.” But it’s worth noting that the NFL eliminated the “probable” designation from the injury report this season.
It’s likely Graham would have been given that designation if it was still used, but the league likely felt that teams were abusing the old system by creating doubt when there shouldn’t have been any.
This is a big year for Graham, 29. The Seahawks traded a first-round pick and a valuable player to acquire Graham, but his first season in Seattle didn’t go smoothly. Graham played in 11 games and caught 48 passes for 605 yards with two touchdowns. Graham has caught double-digit touchdowns three times in his career, and has passed 1,000 yards twice, all with his former team, the New Orleans Saints.
Seattle wants Graham to be one of the top receiving tight ends in the league, but they also ask him to do a lot more blocking than he ever had to do in New Orleans. That has yielded mixed results, and Graham’s role in the passing game fell as a result. Whatever the case, it’s still likely he will be in action for the team’s home opener against the Dolphins.