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Ankle injury adds to rough start for Seahawks' Jimmy Graham

RENTON, Wash. -- Four catches for nine yards is not how the Seattle Seahawks or Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham envisioned the first two games of the season going.

Neither is an ankle injury that now has Graham's status uncertain as Seattle prepares for its Week 3 game against the Tennessee Titans.

Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday the team "will wait a couple days to see how he does. He’s had the same injury before and we think he’s got a chance to do it. His mind is that he can play but we will have to wait and see later in the week.”

Graham was among seven Seahawks who didn't practice Wednesday, a list that also includes middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (thigh), guard Luke Joeckel (knee) and wide receiver Doug Baldwin, whom Carroll said was absent to tend to a family matter.

Cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring) was listed as a full participant, as was wide receiver Paul Richardson, who dislocated a finger before catching the winning touchdown Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Carroll was optimistic about Richardson's availability, noting that he made a "ridiculous" catch in the morning walk-through, "so I would think he’s going to be fine.”

Graham's status is less certain. He was injured in Sunday's first half when his left ankle was pinned down as he was falling backward, causing it to twist awkwardly. He stayed down in pain, then began walking off the field only to go down again on his way toward the sideline. The 30-year-old eventually walked off on his own power and appeared to be limping when he returned to the game on Seattle's next possession.

Carroll said the injury limited Graham for the remainder of the game. Asked Wednesday if the injury is a sprain, Carroll said: “Yeah, he’s got an ankle issue.”

It's a setback to what's already been a rough start to the season for Graham.

He caught three passes for eight yards in Seattle's Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers. That came on eight official targets, though one was actually a throwaway and another came on a play that arguably warranted a defensive pass-interference penalty that wasn't called. But Graham also had a costly drop on a third-down throw in the fourth quarter of that game, a mistake Seattle couldn't afford on a day in which its offense had little margin for error.

Against San Francisco, Graham dropped the first of his two targets when he took a hard hit over the middle. He finished with one catch for one yard.

“That’s not what we would expect to have happen," Carroll said Sunday when asked about Graham's minimal production through two games. "He had some good chances today. They got him, hit him really good on one seam route and all that. It will be fine. I’m not worried about it at all.”

Graham is in the final year of his contract, which the Seahawks inherited when they acquired him in a 2015 trade with the New Orleans Saints. His slow start has raised anew what have been recurring questions about his future with the team and his fit in the Seahawks' offense, even though he's coming off a Pro Bowl season that included 65 receptions for 923 yards and six touchdowns.

"He’s one of the best tight ends in the game," quarterback Russell Wilson said Sunday, "and we have full confidence in what he’s doing and what he’s going to be able to do for us as we continue to go through this season.”