Carroll hedges on Graham being ready for Seahawks opener

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tempered some of his optimism regarding tight end Jimmy Graham's ability to be ready for the start of the season.

Carroll said Wednesday that, as expected, Graham will not play against Minnesota on Thursday in the Seahawks' second preseason game. Graham is recovering from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee suffered last November in a game against Pittsburgh. Graham was activated off the physically unable to perform list last week and returned to limited practice.

Carroll said throughout the majority of the offseason that he hoped Graham would be ready for the start of the regular season. Graham had surgery almost immediately after the injury and his right knee was completely immobilized for 11 to 12 weeks.

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