Graham caught five passes for 53 yards on 10 targets in Sunday's 6-6 tie with the Cardinals.
Despite drawing a season-high 10 targets, Graham was unable to continue his three-game streak with exactly six receptions for 89 or more yards. The hip injury that held him out of Thursday's practice didn't appear to be an issue, as he played his full complement of snaps and once again had Russell Wilson's full attention. Having safely re-established himself as a high-end fantasy option at a thin position, Graham will head back to New Orleans for a Week 8 matchup with the team that traded him away last offseason.
Head coach Pete Carroll said
Graham has been present on the injury report all season due to his surgically repaired knee, but there was some concern when he missed Thursday's practice while listed with a new hip injury. Head coach Pete Carroll said the tight end was merely rested due to some residual soreness from last week's game, suggesting Graham should be fine to handle his usual workload in Sunday's difficult matchup against Arizona. If there was any doubt remaining, Graham erased it when he returned to practice as a full participant Friday, leaving him without any designation on the final injury report, according to John Boyle of the team's official website. He's caught exactly six passes on either eight or nine targets in each of the last three games, notably playing a season-high 63 snaps (96 percent) in last week's win over the Falcons. With No. 2 TE Luke Willson (knee) out for the foreseeable future, Graham may again be asked to play upward of 90 percent of the snaps.
In conjunction with the downgrade from all drills Wednesday to none Thursday, Graham has picked up a hip injury for his troubles. The absence may merely be a precaution in order to preserve the veteran tight end's health, but the status of the Seahawks' second-leading receiver will be monitored closely as the weekend draws closer.
Graham caught six of nine targets for a team-leading 89 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.
No other Seahawks receiver topped 38 yards, so Graham was by far the team's most productive player in the passing game. The tight end has flipped a switch over the last three weeks, with 18 catches for 302 yards and a touchdown over that span. He finally looks to be approaching his elite Saints form after starting off slow in Seattle.
Graham was questionable heading into Sunday after having his practice scheduled reined in this week, but he was able to play to great effect, reaching the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive game. After catching as many as six passes just four times and reaching 100 yards just once last season, Graham appears to be more involved in the offense in the early going this year, and his prospects should improve as Russell Wilson (knee/ankle) recovers from a couple of injuries of his own. Seattle will now enjoy a bye before hosting the Falcons in Week 6.
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