Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls is inching closer to his regular season debut.
Rawls was placed on Seattle’s inactive list ahead of Sunday’s opener against the Green Bay Packers due to a “real minor” ankle sprain that kept him out of the team’s final three preseason games. Head coach Pete Carroll said Rawls would be a “game time” decision ahead of the contest, but ultimately chose to hold him out and start running back Eddie Lacy.
Carroll spoke on 710 ESPN Seattle’s “The Pete Carroll Show” with radio hosts Brock and Salk about his decision to hold Rawls out in the season opener.
“Thomas looked really good last week, just really didn’t have all of his confidence that he could make sure he was over it and done with,” Carroll said Monday morning. “I think he’s going to come out Wednesday’s practice and be raring to go and we won’t look back. That was the idea. We want to get it behind him and make sure it’s done.”
But the high ankles do linger and I hope that he’ll feel good on it. We just want it behind us instead of it kind of be gone. So that’s why we made that move. He did practice well last week though and he ran hard and all that. He could still feel some “stuff” and so that’s why we made that decision.
Carroll has been cautious to expedite Rawls’ return to the field, despite the third-year player being a full participant in practice all week. The team felt as if Rawls may have rushed back last season, which ultimately led to his fractured fibula injury in Week 2 that sidelined him for the next seven games.
Rawls hasn’t completed a full season of football since 2010.
Nonetheless, the running back has remained optimistic about his offseason recovery and recent ankle sprain, and is listed as the team’s No. 1 running back on the Seahawks depth chart.
Hopefully Rawls will see some improvements this week and be ready to go come Sunday as the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers.
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