Two big offensive pieces for the Seattle Seahawks continue to rehab from injuries suffered last season.
Running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham are both recovering from ailments that landed them on injured reserve last season. Graham went down with a torn patellar tendon in November while Rawls was lost for the season to a broken ankle in early December.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Wednesday that he would be shocked if Rawls and Graham weren’t ready for the start of the season in September.
“Yeah, at this point I would be,” Schneider said in an interview with Mitch Levy on 950 KJR in Seattle. “Right now their rehab is going well. We’re just trying to get them ready for the season. We’re not trying to get them to play Minnesota in the preseason.”
Graham injured his knee against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 29. Rawls broke his ankle against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 13. Schneider said they weren’t sure if either player would be able to play any preseason games.
“No, we don’t. Not at this point,” Schneider said. “It’s just too early. Quite honestly, if they don’t in the preseason for a couple games, I’m totally cool with that.”
Rawls will become a major piece of Seattle’s offense in 2016 with the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. Graham was starting to settle in with Seattle’s offense before his knee injury ended his initial season in Seattle. Getting both players back to 100 percent will be key for Seattle’s offense this fall.