Jimmy Graham has been a full participant at Seahawks practice for a few weeks now, but that doesn’t mean the three-time Pro Bowl tight end will be good to go Week 1. At least, that’s what NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting.
While all is said to be going just fine in Graham’s recovery from the torn patellar tendon that ended his 2015 season, it sounds like the Seahawks may not be willing to push things. The seventh-year veteran did play in a single preseason game, and now it sounds as though his status for the regular-season opener might be in jeopardy.
“It is a possibility, but from my understanding, it is absolutely not a foregone conclusion,” Rapoport said of Graham playing Week 1.
“Yes, Jimmy Graham is doing well from his return from his very significant patellar injury. He is practicing full go, came off the PUP list a while ago, so all of that is good and there is optimism about his availability and his play for the 2016 season. But there is another step from what I understand between going from practicing fully and being absolutely 100 percent and ready to play. No sure thing Jimmy Graham is ready to play Week 1 for the Seahawks.”
For what it’s worth, it sounds as though Graham has a good shot to play. His presence simply isn’t a certainty.
It’s also difficult to say how much that matters. If the 29-year-old can regain the All-Pro form he showed as a member of the Saints, then yes, Graham will be missed dearly. Last season however, he was not a star in Seattle’s offense, hauling in 48 passes for 605 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. In fact, much of the Seahawks’ best run came after Graham went down.
Still, the Seahawks would no doubt love to have another weapon at their disposal, and beginning with Week 1. Whether or not that’s going to happen remains to be seen.