Graham (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Graham has had an inauspicious start to the season, with his nine targets yielding an incomprehensible 1.0 YPT. To make matters worse, an ankle sprain is keeping him in the trainer's room and off the practice field this week. One session remains to make his presence felt, but he may enter the weekend with the ultimate cloud hanging over his head. If the Seahawks opt for a cautious approach, Graham may yield TE duty entirely Sunday in Tennessee, where Luke Willson and Nick Vannett would face a Titans defense that has conceded just five receptions to tight ends after two games.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Graham (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, Liz Matthews of USA Today reports. Graham's injury has evolved from a "banged knee" to a "sore ankle" to its current standing as "an ankle sprain," per Carroll. The tight end's downturn in health comes on the heels of sparse production (four receptions on nine targets for nine yards) through two games, during which the Seahawks have produced the sixth-fewest points (21) in the league. Until the offense gets on the same page and Graham maintains a modicum of health, he'll be seriously devalued when compared with his ranking among tight ends heading into the campaign.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Graham is dealing with a sore ankle and may not be able to play Sunday at Tennessee, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Carroll referred to Graham's injury as a "banged knee" Sunday and a "sore ankle" Monday. Either way, the tight end likely is dealing with some swelling after getting his leg caught under a defender in Sunday's 12-9 win over the 49ers. He was able to continue playing but finished with only one catch for one yard on two targets. Given his poor performance and lack of involvement in the offense through two games, Graham will be a risky Week 3 start if he's available but somewhat limited.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Graham banged his knee during Sunday's 12-9 win over the 49ers, Liz Matthews of USA Today reports. Graham wasn't out of the game for long, yet finished with just one catch for one yard on two targets. While there should be better days ahead, it's concerning that he's been a complete non-factor through two games while playing in an offense that's produced only 21 points. The knee injury doesn't seem serious, but he could still end up on the injury report ahead of a Week 3 contest in Tennessee.
Graham caught three passes for eight yards on seven targets in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Packers. Graham was targeted on 26 percent of Russell Wilson's 27 pass attempts, including one unsuccessful look on a third-and-goal from the 3-yard line. While the target share and goal-line usage was encouraging, Graham's performance was anything but, featuring at least one drop and a long gain of six yards. He often was kept in to block because Seattle's porous offensive line needed help before peeling off into a dump-off route. He should fare better in Week 2 against a 49ers defense that allowed him to catch 10 of 16 targets for 164 yards and a touchdown in two matchups last season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/08||@Los Angeles Rams||13||5.00|
|7||10/22||@New York Giants||27||11.00|
|12||11/26||@San Francisco 49ers||3||2.00|
|15||12/17||Los Angeles Rams||13||5.00|
|3 Year Avg||98||66||806||6||43||12.21||116|