Tight end Jimmy Graham is back at Seahawks practice, a significant step in his return from the knee injury that has sidelined him since last November.

Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Graham was “really close” to being activated off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, and he evidently was. Graham took part in the early portion of Wednesday’s practice, wearing a helmet and shoulder pads as he went through warmups and positional drills.

He has since ditched his gear and appears to be sitting out the 11-on-11 period of practice.

Running back Thomas Rawls had a similarly light workload Tuesday, when he practiced for the first time since being activated off PUP.

And so two of the Seahawks’ top offensive weapons are both one step closer to getting back from the injuries that cut their 2016 seasons short. It’s not clear how much, if at all, Rawls and Graham will play in the preseason. It’s a safe bet that they’ll both miss at least the first two games – Saturday’s opener at Kansas City and next week vs. Minnesota.

Graham had knee surgery to repair the patellar tendon he tore in Week 12 of last season.