RENTON (CBS) — The Seattle Seahawks held their first open OTA practice Thursday. Almost every player was present for the voluntary workouts — including recovering tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Thomas Rawls.
Head coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider have previously said that Graham, who underwent surgery on a torn patellar tendon in November, could be ready to play by Week 1.
During Thursday’s session, Graham — who wasn’t an active participant — could be seen throwing the ball around and talking to teammates.
“Jimmy’s healing really fast and he’s getting out there catching footballs as much as he can and just the communication and the meetings and all that,” quarterback Russell Wilson told reporters afterward. “He’s on it as good as can be. He’s a great friend, he’s a guy that’s so competitive in a good way, too, and he’s a fighter, so he wants to get back out on the field quickly. He’s going to be back sooner, I think, than people think.”
Carroll said both Graham and running back Thomas Rawls — recovering from a season-ending ankle injury — are making progress.
“[Rawls] is in the training room every day getting ready to go and his mentality in the weight room is fiery as can be.
“Thomas is running and Jimmy is back to running on the field for the first time the last couple days, which is great. He’s made terrific progress. Both those guys’ attitudes are really good. They’re really positive about making it. So it’s a long haul for those guys and we feel for them because they want to be a part of it like everyone else but they’re doing a great job of going through what they need to.”
Carroll said the team will not rush either player into training camp, and reasserted that a week 1 start for both players is still a possibility; though he noted that Graham is further behind Rawls in his recovery.
Left tackle Garry Gilliam, defensive ends Michael Bennett and Chris Clemons, and linebacker K.J. Wright (out due to the birth of his son, according to the Seattle PI) were absent Thursday. Gilliam had surgery Wednesday to remove a cyst from his knee, and will be out a couple weeks (though Carroll expects him to participate in training camp).
Carroll, who spoke with Bennett last week, said he expects Bennett to participate in all mandatory activities.