Graham (knee) will return to the Seahawks next season, according to general manager John Schneider, NFL.com reports. Graham's questionable fit with the Seahawks resulted in sub-par numbers of 48 catches for 605 yards and only two touchdowns prior to his season-ending knee injury in November. While Seattle's offense really kicked into gear following Graham's injury, the tight end remains in the team's plans going forward, according to Schneider. Knowing that, it'll be worthwhile to track Graham's progress within the offense once he returns healthy ahead of next season.
Head coach Pete Carroll relayed Monday that Graham has ditched crutches and continues to rehab his right knee in Florida, according to Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle. Graham's first season with the Seahawks was abbreviated due to a torn patellar tendon, which he suffered on Nov. 29. Struggling to find consistency with the shiny new toy in town, he notched 48 catches (on 74 targets) for 605 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. With Graham and Marshawn Lynch out due to injury down the stretch, most of the offensive burden was placed on Russell Wilson's shoulders, and he was up to the task, accounting for 20 passing touchdowns and another on the ground over the final seven contests (including playoffs). Although Carroll expects Graham to fulfill the third year of his current contract in 2016, it'll be interesting to see how the tight end is integrated into a scheme that could be more vertical-based if Lynch isn't retained.
Graham (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. After the Seahawks revealed that Graham sustained a torn patellar tendon in his right knee this weekend, it was inevitable that the tight end would land on injured reserve, which officially ends his first campaign with the Seahawks. A consistent threat for Russell Wilson in the passing attack, Graham was unable to match his stature as a Saint, accruing 48 catches (on 74 targets) for 605 yards and two touchdowns across 11 games. For the rest of the season and the Seahawks' potential appearance in the playoffs, Luke Willson will serve as the top tight end, while Cooper Helfet remains in reserve.
Graham (knee) will need surgery to repair his patellar tendon, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Graham will be out for the rest of the season. The tight end presumably tore his patellar tendon, which means he's no lock to be ready for training camp next year. Luke Willson will take over as the Seahawks' top tight end, with Cooper Helfet serving as the No. 2. The Seattle wide receivers may also see a few more targets due to Graham's absence.
Graham, who suffered a right knee injury during the fourth quarter, will not return to Sunday's game in Seattle, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. The injury appeared serious, with Graham staying down on the field for a few minutes and then leaving with an air cast over his right leg. Owners will want to wait for further updates before taking action, but there is some chance Graham won't play again this season, in which case Luke Willson would take over as Seattle's top tight end.
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