Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would love to give running back Thomas Rawls a bunch of carries during the team’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins. But Carroll and the Seahawks are still playing it safe with the battering ram tailback.
Carroll discussed Rawls’ status with the media Monday and said it might take a couple of weeks for Rawls to get back to full strength. Carroll also didn’t give a definitive answer when asked how much Rawls would play Sunday afternoon.
“We’re just making progress with him,” Carroll said, according to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “You don’t want to rush him. This is his second preseason game in a sense, as far as relative to the other guys. So we’ll see how he does. I’d love for him to carry the ball quite a bit in this game, and then we’ll know where we stand going into the next week. It’s just really bringing him along properly and carefully. We want to make sure we take care of him.”
That quote makes it seem like Seattle will take more of a committee approach to its season opener. Christine Michael has been Seattle’s star during the preseason and it appears he and Rawls will share the snaps out of the backfield against the Dolphins.
Rawls broke out unexpectedly during his rookie season in relief of Marshawn Lynch, rushing for 830 yards and four touchdowns before breaking his ankle last December. He started training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but has been a full participant in practice the past couple of weeks.
Rawls might be healthy enough to play Week 1, but it appears he isn’t back to his bruising form just yet.