Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls was activated off the physically unable to perform list two weeks ago, but it’s uncertain whether the second-year tailback will be ready for Week 1.
Rawls, whose rookie season was ended by a broken ankle, put to rest some of the doubts about his status for the season opener.
“I’m just taking it day by day,” Rawls said, according to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brady Henderson. “Whenever my number is called, if I’m out there, I’m out there. If I’m not, I know I will be ready by the first game.”
Seattle’s running game is in a state of flux now that Marshawn Lynch has retired. The Seahawks are hopeful Rawls can return to form after rushing for 830 yards and four touchdowns last season. Beyond him, the depth chart is crowded with unproven talent.
The Seahawks spent three 2016 draft picks on running backs C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins and Zac Brooks, but all of them are listed behind Christine Michael on the depth chart. Michael, a 2013 second-round pick, has been billed as Lynch’s eventual replacement for a couple of years now, but hasn’t lived up to the expectations.
The current expectation is Rawls will get the first crack at the starting job, if he’s healthy. But a slow start could open up the opportunity for Michael or one of the rookies to step in and produce.
Of course, Rawls has to get back into game action before any of this speculation matters.