Thomas Rawls to start for Seahawks this week

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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.