Carroll says Jimmy Graham’s chances of playing Sunday are ‘good’

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 29:  Tight end Jimmy Graham #88 of the Seattle Seahawks is carted off the field after being injured against the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink Field on November 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. Doug Baldwin #89 is at right.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 29: Tight end Jimmy Graham #88 of the Seattle Seahawks is carted off the field after being injured against the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink Field on November 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. Doug Baldwin #89 is at right. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – Is it Jimmy Graham time already?

Pete Carroll said the Seatte Seahawks’ star tight end could be back on the field when the team plays host to the Miami Dolphins in the season opener on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

“Jimmy’s chances (of playing) are the same (as Monday),” Carroll said Wednesday during his weekly press conference. “They’re good.”

Graham underwent major surgery after rupturing a patella tendon in his right knee last season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Graham didn’t play at all in the preseason, but the team’s injury report Tuesday listed him as a starter for Sunday’s game.

Patella injuries are generally considered one of the worst in sports, with many athletes facing recovery times that stretch well past a year.

Carroll also said Thomas Rawls will play on Sunday, though the recovering running back will likely be limited in how much he plays.