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Rapoport: Jimmy Graham's Injury Diagnosed as Broken Thumb; Return Unknown

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2018

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham (80) runs out to lead the blocking on a rushing play during a pass play in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit) of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)
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Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham reportedly suffered a broken thumb during Thursday's 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it is currently unknown how much time Graham will miss:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Packers TE Jimmy Graham did suffer a broken thumb last night, sources say, and the team is trying to determine how much time he'll miss. Meanwhile, we also discuss coach Mike McCarthy's job status. https://t.co/HDiV8dHN2Q

Graham is in the midst of his first season in Green Bay after spending the previous three campaigns with the Seahawks.

After leaving the field to tend to his injured thumb during the first half of Thursday's game, Graham did not return.

Through 10 games this season, the 31-year-old veteran has caught 34 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns.

Although Graham is already close to matching the 520 receiving yards he recorded with Seattle last season, his two touchdowns are his least since recording a career-low two receiving scores in 2015.

Last season, Graham was one of the NFL's most dangerous red-zone threats, as he caught 10 touchdowns, marking his fourth career double-digit touchdown season.

Graham entered 2018 having made two consecutive Pro Bowls, and he is now a five-time Pro Bowler and one-time First Team All-Pro overall during his nine-year career.

He is tied for 41st on the all-time NFL receiving touchdowns list with 71, but he is fourth among tight ends behind only Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Rob Gronkowski.

Veterans Lance Kendricks and Marcedes Lewis will be Green Bay's top options at tight end until Graham returns.

Kendricks has 11 catches for 103 yards and one touchdown this season, while Lewis has just two grabs for 35 yards, although he was a Pro Bowler back in 2010 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers could also turn to 24-year-old Robert Tonyan, who caught a 54-yard touchdown against Seattle on what was his first career NFL reception.

The 4-5-1 Packers will look to remain in the playoff hunt when they face the rival Minnesota Vikings on the road next week.