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Seahawks' John Schneider: 'Too early to tell' when Jimmy Graham will return

Ever since the Seattle Seahawks' season ended in January, coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have been adamant that tight end Jimmy Graham has a bright future with the team.

That message continued Wednesday when Schneider spoke to reporters at the combine in Indianapolis.

"He's down in Miami working with some people down there. He's doing great," Schneider said. "He's got a great attitude about it. Obviously it was a devastating injury for us at the time, but he’s just a great guy... and he’s ready to get after it."

Asked for a timetable on Graham's return, Schneider said, "I don’t know. It’s too early to tell. It’s a very significant injury."

Graham suffered the ruptured patellar tendon injury during a Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, ending his season. As ESPN's Stephania Bell has detailed, this particular injury can be extremely difficult to come back from.

But Schneider has made it clear that the organization believes Graham can contribute in 2016 and beyond.

In his first season with the Seahawks, Graham had 48 catches for 605 yards and two touchdowns.

Financially, he has no guaranteed money left on his contract and carries cap hits of $9 million and $10 million in 2016 and 2017, respectively. But all indications are that the team expects him to rehab and return for the 2016 season.

How Graham looks from a physical standpoint will be one of the bigger story lines surrounding the team this summer.