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Thomas Rawls, Jimmy Graham to start Seahawks training camp on sideline

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham won't practice on the first day of training camp Saturday, general manager John Schneider said.

"We’re going to be very, very careful with those guys," Schneider said. "Quite honestly, right now we’re still trying to decide if we’re going to place them on PUP. If we’re not, we’re just going to be very careful with them. We’re still working through that with our medical staff, our sports science staff."

Schneider added that both players are on track to be ready for the regular season.

Rawls said earlier this month that he would "most definitely" be full go for the start of camp, but obviously the team feels differently. Pete Carroll and Schneider have maintained throughout the offseason that they will not rush either player back. The goal will be to get them ready for Week 1.

Rawls fractured his ankle and suffered ligament damage in December. If healthy, he's expected to be the Seahawks' primary ball-carrier.

Graham sustained a ruptured patellar tendon in late November. ESPN's Stephania Bell explained recently why the injury can be so difficult to come back from.

Rawls ran for 830 yards last year and led the NFL, averaging 5.65 YPC. Graham, in his first season with the Seahawks, had 48 catches for 605 yards and two touchdowns.