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Thomas Rawls to start for Seahawks this week

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18:  Running back Thomas Rawls #34 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

All signs are pointing to Russell Wilson starting at quarterback for the Seahawks this week despite the ankle injury that caused some concern about his status in the wake of last Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins.

He’s going to have a different starting tailback in the backfield with him, however. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Thomas Rawls will move up to the top spot on the depth chart after Christine Michael got the start in the opener.

Before the game with Miami, Carroll said that he wanted to see Rawls get the ball “quite a bit” because he’d been limited in the preseason after recovering from a broken ankle. Rawls ran the ball 12 times for 32 yards and caught three passes, which was apparently enough for Carroll to see what he needed to see to make the lineup change.

Michael was effective against Miami, running the ball 16 times for 66 yards, and will likely continue to have a role in the backfield after a preseason that saw him regularly receiving praise from Carroll for his growth as a player.

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14 Responses to “Thomas Rawls to start for Seahawks this week”
  1. smarterthanyouoryours says: Sep 14, 2016 5:37 PM

    Two of the better running backs in the NFL – watch.

  2. techisdeadisdead says: Sep 14, 2016 5:50 PM

    In the 6 games last year before Rawls got injured where he carried more than 16 times (read: games when Lynch was out injured), he averaged 118 yards. Baby Beast is certainly capable. I guess we’ll see how fluky that was.

  3. blackula72 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:13 PM

    Michaels is more explosive but Rawls ability to break tackles and gain yards after contact is more valuable due to the questionable offensive line.

  4. schmitty2 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:16 PM

    As a Rams fan I would love to say we will shut him down…..but that would be an ignorant statement after what I witnessed 2 nights ago.

  5. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Sep 14, 2016 6:17 PM

    Niners right tackle Trent Brown destroyed Aaron Donald Monday night. On the heels of that, Donald is going to be a one man wrecking ball Sunday. Good luck lil’ Thomas

  6. number1hawkfan says: Sep 14, 2016 6:31 PM

    This is a direct result of Michael not quite getting it. He’s good and so is Rawls but Michael blocked a guy on the last drive on Sunday and was admiring his handy work and got hit in the shoulder when Wilson checked down to him. Look for Rawls to eventually take over completely and be the work horse. If he stays healthy the schedule gets easier and you’ll see some pretty good games.

  7. mclennon99 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:34 PM

    Rawls will destroy LA as a receiver this week to allow Wilson to dump it off rather than risk getting pummeled in the pocket. He could have as many as 10-12 catches. Once he has the ball in his hands…look out!

  8. jackedupboonie says: Sep 14, 2016 6:47 PM

    Rawls is a good to borderline great back. Last week was his final tune up, and if he’s not hit as he gathers in the handoff over and over, look for a 80-120 yard day. 2-3 catches out of the backfield. Glad to see you back Thomas!

  9. DrSteveBrule says: Sep 14, 2016 7:18 PM

    The fact that Michael was brought back and kept on the team is a testament to how hard he has worked and that he finally gets it. Like with Tharold Simon and Jordan Hill you just get tired of hearing how good they could be if they stayed healthy and got it together mentally.

  10. ronfai says: Sep 14, 2016 8:13 PM

    Rams win.

  11. draculalambert says: Sep 14, 2016 9:28 PM

    Yes! I get my fantasy rb back

  12. arvinkp says: Sep 14, 2016 9:46 PM

    Playing the Seahawks is the Rams & Fishers Superbowl. They’ll likely win, the finish the season 2-14 and be all smiles.

  13. plofus67 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:17 PM

    Rams absolutely shut down Hawks run game in December,Rawls didn’t play obviously,just as obvious he will be the key to keeping Wilson out of harm’s way Sunday.

  14. slaytheday55 says: Sep 15, 2016 6:38 AM

    I anticipate a very close game. The extra juice of opening their first game in a new city with 90k plus fans at the stadium. The rams Playing a team they know they can beat. The rams just getting their asses handed to them by one of the worst 3-5 teams in football. I expect the rams to keep it close. I also believe for the hawks this is the hardest tuneup game then they start to catch their stride and ride it on to 7/8-0. I’d say 24-13 hawks win.

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