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Seahawks hope for healthy TE Graham
The status of Jimmy Graham is up in the air as he attempts to recover from an ankle sprain in order to play this Sunday FOR THE Seattle Seahawks against the Tennessee Titans.
Graham injured his left ankle against the San Francisco 49ers when safety Eric Reid fell into his legs from behind while Graham was blocking on a running play.
"He's not going to practice today and we will wait a couple days to see how he does," head coach Pete Carroll said. "He's had the same injury before and we think he's got a chance to do it. His mindset is that he can play, but we will have to wait and see later in the week."
However, Graham hasn't been particularly effective through the first two games of the season. He's caught four passes for just nine yards on 10 total targets from Russell Wilson. Two of those four receptions came behind the line of scrimmage as dump-off options for Wilson as he was under pressure in Green Bay.
"He hasn't had many opportunities to do much so far," Carroll said. "He hasn't caught a lot of balls because we haven't got a lot to him. The balls he's got have been a lot of short stuff that's happened so far. That's the way it's gone."
Luke Willson may need to step into a starting role this week should Graham be unable to play against the Titans. Willson caught three passes for 25 yards against the 49ers last week, including a 19-yard catch where he hurdled safety Jaquiski Tartt.
"He's such a magnificent part of the spirit of this team and the way that he carries himself," Carroll said of Willson, who re-signed with the team after reaching free agency last offseason. "He's a great teammate and he demonstrates that regularly, and we just wanted him on our club. He's off to a great start (this season)."
Willson has stepped into a starting role before. He started 10 games in 2014 when Zach Miller was lost for the season. He's ready to be called upon again should the opportunity present itself.
"I don't know the situation with Jimmy but whatever the situation is," Willson said. "Offensively we got a lot of issues we've got to iron out and I've got to do whatever is asked of me so I haven't really thought if Jimmy's going or not going, I'm just going into Wednesday, doing my thing and go for there."
SERIES HISTORY: 16th regular-season meeting. Seahawks lead series, 10-5. The Seahawks have played just one game in Tennessee since the franchise's move from Houston. Seattle has won six of the last seven meetings against the Titans/Oilers.