Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett has high-ankle sprain

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Seattle Seahawks rookie tight end Nick Vannett suffered a high-ankle sprain in last Thursday’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Vannett was injured in the third quarter on his only catch of the game. Trevone Boykin hit Vannett for a 15-yard gain before being tackled from behind by Andrew Sendejo, who landed on his ankle.

“He’s surprisingly feeling pretty good,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “He got a pretty good sprain it looked like from all the tests, but he’s responded really well. I don’t know what that means, but the trainers are really pleased about that.”

The injury to Vannett is of note due to Jimmy Graham’s potential unavailability for the start of the regular season. If Graham isn’t ready by Seattle’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins, Vannett’s absence could leave the Seahawks thin at tight end. With just under three weeks until opening day, Vannett’s availability is now firmly in question.

Vannett, a third-round pick in May’s draft, caught two passes for 22 yards against Kansas City in Seattle’s preseason opener.

4 responses to “Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett has high-ankle sprain

  1. Seattle actually has two veterans on their roster who could start the season, Luke Willson, who has been the #1 due to injuries in 2014 and 15, and Branden Williams picked up from the Panthers. They will be fine for a couple of weeks into season without Graham or Vannett.

  2. Vannett is said to have killed in camp this year. Drafted as more an inline blocker but impressed with his catching skills. Too bad he is hurt because Graham may need some time. Luke Willson is one solid back up TE too. If Seattle could get the offensive tackle situation figured out the pass catchers could be dangerous.

  3. Hawks still have Willson and one or two other ok TEs in reserve, just might have to wait a little longer to show off what they can do. The running game is really strong right now, so not worried.

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