Seahawks personnel notes: Jimmy Graham activated, back at practice
RENTON – A day after running back Thomas Rawls returned to Seahawks practice for the first time since suffering a season-ending injury last year, tight end Jimmy Graham did the same.
Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Graham was “really close” to being activated off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, and he evidently was. Graham took part in the early portion of Wednesday’s practice, wearing a helmet and shoulder pads as he went through warmups and positional drills. He then ditched his gear and watched the rest of practice from the sideline.
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Rawls had a similarly light workload Tuesday and again Wednesday. The Seahawks have said all along that they’ll take things slow with Rawls and Graham as they make their way back, and the last two practices have reflected as much.
Graham spoke candidly after practice about what the last eight months have been like, saying among other things that there were some “dark days” after he tore his patellar tendon in November. But when asked about his availability for Week 1, Graham smiled and said he wasn’t allowed to answer that type of question.
It’s not clear how much, if at all, either will he or Rawls will play in the preseason. It’s a safe bet that they’ll both miss at least the first two games – Saturday’s opener at Kansas City and next week vs. Minnesota.
Here are some more personnel notes from Wednesday:
• Rookie defensive tackle Jarran Reed was hurt during the one-on-one pass rush drill, but he tweeted out after practice that he’s OK. Reed went down in obvious pain after getting tangled with offensive lineman Will Pericak, and he appeared to be holding his left ankle as trainers tended to him. He stayed down for several minutes before standing up. He was eventually taken off on a cart.
• Right tackle J’Marcus Webb appeared to get hurt during an 11-on-11 period. He didn’t return but watched the rest of practice from the sideline, which is typically a good sign. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell didn’t have any information on Webb’s status afterward. In his absence, Garry Gilliam moved to right tackle with Bradley Sowell taking over on the right side.
• Wide receiver Doug Baldwin took part in the early portion of practice then watched the rest from the sideline. That’s the most work he’s gotten since his Achilles was stepped on last week. Rookie running back Alex Collins (ankle) and rookie defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (knee) missed their second straight day of practice. Also remaining out were defensive tackles Jordan Hill (groin) and Sealver Siliga (calf), rookie running backs C.J. Prosise (hamstring) and Zac Brooks (hamstring) and wide receivers Kevin Smith (hamstring), Kasen Williams (hamstring), Deshon Foxx and Antwan Goodley. Defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril didn’t practice, but they could have merely been getting a regularly-scheduled day off.