Pete Carroll has made a decision on the Seattle Seahawks’ Week 1 starter at running back.
According to the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta, Christine Michael will be the first featured Seahawks back of the post-Marshawn Lynch era.
Carroll says Christine Michael will start, Rawls coming off bench.
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 9, 2016
Thomas Rawls, last year’s backup running back who filled in admirably for Lynch while he was hurt, will continue to be the backup.
He broke his ankle in December and Carroll had already said that he will be on a snap count this week, according to ESPN.
In Rawls’ absence for all but one preseason game, Michael shouldered the feature-back load admirably. He rushed for 157 yards on 26 carries in four games. Michael was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Texas A&M. Before the start of last season, Michael was traded to the Dallas Cowboys after the Seahawks signed Fred Jackson. He was waived from the Cowboys in November and signed by the Washington Redskins practice squad, but he was released the next month.
He re-signed with the Seahawks before their Week 15 matchup against the Cleveland Browns after Rawls and Lynch had gone down with injury. Michael rushed for 84 yards in that game, and in the season finale against the NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals he went for 102 yards.