Graham (knee/thumb) wasn't present at practice Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. The Packers may reach the point of no return as early as this weekend -- i.e. officially out of playoff contention -- which could spur them to shut down the veteran tight end, who has had difficulty hauling in high-velocity passes from Aaron Rodgers, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. More so than the knee, Graham's broken left thumb has hindered him over the last three games, a span in which he's posted 12 catches (on 20 targets) for 97 yards. As long as he's available, he'll follow his typical practice regimen with a Week 15 visit to Chicago on tap.
Graham caught two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's victory over the Falcons. The Falcons have routinely shut down opposing tight ends all season, and they did so again in Week 14 despite Graham playing his highest percentage of snaps in a game since Week 9. Graham's injured thumb seems to be improving, as he practiced fully Friday, but he has averaged just 32 yards per game and 4.9 yards per target since suffering the injury in Week 11. The injury remains a factor, though, as Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette notes "it's clear (Graham) is having a tough time catching throws with zip on them." Graham will have a tough time getting back on track in Week 15 facing a Bears defense that limited opposing tight ends to just 32.6 yards per contest and no scores over the last five weeks.
Graham (knee/thumb) is clear of a designation for Sunday's contest against the Falcons, Michael Cohen of The Athletic reports. The Packers have managed Graham's knee all season, but a broken thumb has affected him in the team's previous two games. During that stretch, he gathered in 10 of 15 passes for 84 yards and no touchdowns. He'll attempt to keep it up Sunday versus an Atlanta defense that has surrendered 7.5 yards per target and four touchdowns to tight ends in 12 contests.
Graham (thumb/knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. As he usually does, Graham is building up his workload in anticipation of Sunday's game against the Falcons, who have conceded an average of 4.8 catches (on 6.7 targets) for 50.1 yards to go with four touchdowns to tight ends in 12 games this season.
Graham (thumb/knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report, Michael Cohen of The Athletic reports. Graham returned to his usual role in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Cardinals, catching eight of 11 targets for 50 yards while handling a 71 percent snap share. He still seems to be bothered by the fractured thumb, as he spent Wednesday's practice working off to the side with the rehab group, per Josh Tolentino of The Athletic. The 32-year-old tight end likely will continue playing through the injury Sunday against Atlanta.
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