Jimmy Graham's season over, Luke Willson next man up Seattle Sports Central
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham will miss the rest of the season after head coach Pete Carroll announced that the TE suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.
With just over 13 minutes remaining in the game, Graham went down in the endzone after landing awkwardly with his right leg. The medical staff applied an air cast to the leg and took him into CenturyLink’s MRI room.
“We’re gonna miss the heck out of him for the rest of the season.” – Pete Carroll
Coach Carroll has preached a “next man up” mentality during his tenure with the Seahawks. The injury will present more playing time for Luke Willson, Seattle’s primary tight end all of last season.
Willson immediately hauled in the next Russell Wilson pass for 12-yards. The reception was only his eleventh of the season. In only his third year the 25-year old has never caught more than 22 passes in a season. With five games remaining that may or may not change. Jimmy Graham has been targeted sporadically this season, with some games leaving fans scratching their heads as to why Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell doesn’t make the star more of a featured threat. Willson might find it even harder to get involved in the passing game, but he’ll need to be ready when called on.
The good news that came out of the Seahawks 39-30 win over the Steelers is that they are now the #6 seed in the NFC playoff picture. Russell Wilson also had a career game throwing five touchdowns – on his birthday of all days.