Thomas Rawls and Jimmy Graham had another good week of practice for the Seahawks. Rawls may play Thursday against the Raiders but will for sure be ready for the regular season opener against Miami. Carroll didn't rule out that Graham may be ready, as well.
Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls may or may not play in Seattle’s final preseason game Thursday night at Oakland.
Coach Pete Carroll left that question unanswered Wednesday saying, “you’re going to have to wait to find out.’’
The bigger takeaway, though, is that Rawls is healthy enough to play Thursday if the team wants him to — general manager John Schneider has said earlier that the team would like to get him some snaps against the Raiders — and that he is unquestionably ready for the opener against Miami on Sept. 11.
“He continued to have a great week,’’ Carroll said. “There’s no question that he looks to be able to play in the opener.’’
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Rawls has not played since Dec. 13 when he suffered a broken ankle and ligament damage in a game at Baltimore. After gradually returning to practice early in camp he has essentially been a full participant the last few weeks, including going through full-pad warmups prior to the last two games. Schneider said in an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle two weeks ago that the team’s plan was to “get him some carries, let him get hit a little bit” against the Raiders.
Carroll said tight end Jimmy Graham also had another good week of practice, able to go every single day. Graham won’t play against the Raiders but Carroll wouldn’t rule out that he could play in the opener against Miami.
“He’s been practicing full go and we are thrilled about it,’’ Carroll said. “He is, too. He’s having a lot of fun being back out with the fellas and all. He had a full week of practice and he’ll have another full week of practice (next week) and we’ll just keep taking it day to day.
“It’s really a day to day thing to see how he recovers. But he’s doing great and we’ll see what that means. We won’t know until late next week.’’
Also appearing unlikely to play against the Raiders is defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who has been away from the team much of this week having a procedure done on his toe in Los Angeles.
Bennett has had similar procedures in the past and the team is portraying it as being routine. Bennett said last year that he has battled a toe injury for five years, dating to his time with Tampa Bay.
Asked then what the injury is, Bennett said: “I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. I just know I’m dealing with pain, and it hurts. I don’t know the actual prognosis of it, but it’s a painful injury and I’ve been dealing with it for a while.’’
Carroll said Wednesday that “Mike’s been doing this procedure for years. It just takes a few days to get it done. Used to have to go to Carolina. Got it done in California now, so everything is right on schedule.’’
As far as some other injury updates. …
- Carroll said DT Jarran Reed, who suffered a toe injury against Minnesota on Aug.18, practiced on Tuesday and could be ready for the opener. “He’s got a sore toe that he is coming back from but it was great that he got back out,’’ Carroll said. “It really looks like he would have a chance to get back next week.’’
- Carroll said TE Nick Vannett, who suffered a high ankle sprain against the Vikings, “has not run yet, been doing all the equipment and stuff so we don’t know that yet. We’ll check him out Wednesday of next week and see where it is and just kind of gauge. We don’t know what that’s going to turn out at this point. We are kind of preparing that it will take him another week but we’ll see.’’
- Carroll said rookie WR/TE Tanner McEvoy may be able to play against the Raiders after suffering a groin injury last week.
- Carroll said the same of WR Kasen Williams, of whom he said “he is barely making it back right now. If he does play, we’ll see.’’ Carroll said both Williams and former UW teammate Kevin Smith — who was released this week — have had difficulty being healthy enough to show the team they can play both receiver and handle special teams well enough to stick on the roster. “I hope he can play in this game,’’ Carroll said of Williams.
- Carrol revealed that long snapper Nolan Frese has been dealing with a shoulder injury since the first play of the second preseason game against Minnesota. He said that has contributed to some inconsistent snaps since then. “I’d like to see him play free of his injury,’’ Carroll said. “He’s farther away from it now. He has a better chance. It has bothered him some. It’s right in his shoulder so it does affect his snapping some. He’s done a really nice job. I don’t know that we’ve had a guy (a snapper) make five tackles in three games — that’s a fantastic contribution for us. So he’s got some real positives that we are really fired up about. We just have to get him cleaned up a little bit.’’