The Seahawks listed Jimmy Graham as the tight end and without an injury designation on their first regular season depth chart of the season.
The Seahawks released their first depth chart of the season Tuesday in advance of Sunday’s regular season opener against Miami, and it includes Jimmy Graham listed as the starting tight end without an injury designation.
That’s a switch from how it was throughout the preseason (including last week) when Graham was listed last at the tight end position and designated as injured.
The Seahawks also listed Christine Michael as the starter at tailback with Thomas Rawls second. Like Graham, Rawls is coming off a significant injury and had been listed throughout the preseason last on the depth chart with an injured designation. Rawls played one series last week against the Raiders, getting two carries for seven yards.
The Seahawks, though, also call their depth chart “unofficial,” meaning it can and likely will change by gameday.
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Still, in terms of Graham the depth chart listing may be one of the clearer indications yet that he’s on track to play Sunday in what would be his first action since suffering a patella tendon tear against Pittsburgh on Nov. 29.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave what was an undoubtedly intentionally vague answer about Graham’s status after practice on Monday, saying in general that a decision on his status will wait a few more days.
“We’re going one day at a time,” Carroll said Monday. “He’s pumped up about it, we’re going one day at a time with the thought that he’s going to play. That’s our thought. We’ll find out how that works out with no goal in mind really at this point. We’re just going to do it and see what that means. He’s doing that so he can practice at his highest level and he’s really pushing it. It’s very similar with how we did it with Thomas, we’ll see what that means at the end of the week then we’ll just take it one day at a time and one week at a time. I have no expectations that he will play this week, I’m not counting on that happening, I’m just counting on him coming out and having a really good day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and seeing what happens from there.”
There were no surprises on the rest of the depth chart, thought it might be noteworthy that Tony McDaniel is listed ahead of Jarran Reed at right defensive tackle. But recall that Reed is coming off of a toe injury and did not play in the final two preseason games.
You can see the rest of the depth chart below: