Thomas Rawls practiced again on Sunday beginning what should be a hard week of work as he attempts to get ready for the regular season opener Sept. 11.
As the team had promised, Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls was a full participant in Sunday’s practice as he continues on his road to recovery from off-season surgery to repair a broken and dislocated ankle.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider has said the team hopes to get Rawls into the fourth preseason game at Oakland on Sept. 1, though it remains unclear if or when Rawls will play in the preseason.
Regardless of what he does in the preseason, though, Rawls remains on track to be ready for the regular season opener Sept. 11, head coach Pete Carroll said Sunday.
“He looks really good and I think the signs are very, very positive that he’s going to be ready in a couple of weeks to play,’’ Carroll said. “Right now we just want to see him come back day after day and keep battling, really digging in like he does and competing like he does just to show that he’s right. ‘’
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Carroll said Rawls still has some days where he “feels a little stiff’’ after having practiced the day before.
“We are going to work him really hard the next couple of weeks to make sure he is ready and he will have made up the time he didn’t get earlier (in camp),’’ Carroll said.
Rawls said he didn’t know if he will play in the preseason but added “I know I will be ready by the first game.”
Carroll said the emergence of Christine Michael makes it easier for the Seahawks to be patient with Rawls.
“I think what’s a really positive thing for us is to have Christine playing the way he’s playing for us,’’ Carroll said. “He’s been a really positive addition and it allows us to have a really comfortable feeling of, let’s make sure we take care of Thomas throughout and he’s really ready to go.”
Here are some other injury updates. …
- Carroll said tight end Jimmy Graham got positive news on tests he had done on his knee over the weekend. Graham again took part in early drills Sunday but has yet to take part in team drills. “We’re just moving up, just doing more,’’ Carroll said of Graham. “We’re just increasing the work demands. He had some tests and stuff like that over the weekend and we’re very positive. We’re just trying to find ways to keep making steps and we’re very careful to do the right things. His mentality is good and his attitude is really good about it … He made progress, he made good progress. All of the work he has been putting in is showing up, so it’s really positive signs.”
- Carroll said rookie tight end Nick Vannett suffered a high ankle sprain Thursday and it is unclear when he will return but that he is recovering quickly. “He’s surprisingly feeling pretty good,’’ Carroll said of Vannett, who did not practice Sunday. “He got a pretty good sprain, it looked like from all the tests, but he’s responded really well. I don’t know what that means, but the trainers are really pleased about that.” With Vannett out and Graham remaining limited, the Seahawks tried rookie Tanner McEvoy some at tight end Sunday.
- DT Jarran Reed also suffered a toe injury as well as tweaking his ankle on Thursday and also sat out Sunday. “Jarran Reed has a sore toe and he did get his ankle a little bit but that’s oddly okay,’’ Carroll said. “Sore toe, we’re going to have to see what that means and see how long that takes him. He seemed to come back really fast last time, so we’ll see what happens.”
- WR Kasen Williams is again not practicing while battling a hamstring injury after playing 11 snaps against the Vikings. “He didn’t come out of the weekend, the game, very smoothly in that he wasn’t able to go today,’’ Carroll said. “He’s a day-to-day guy, he’s really close to being back, but not yet.”
- OT J’Marcus Webb practiced on Sunday after being limited last week with a twisted knee and will play Thursday against Dallas. “He’s back out today working, he’s going to play this week, if everything goes well during the week,’’ Carroll said of Webb who is running as the second-team right tackle behind Garry Gilliam. “It’s a really important week for him, coming back and compete for his spot.”
- MLB Brock Coyle sat out Thursday’s game and was out again Sunday with a calf injury but could be back soon. “He had a little oblique thing during the week, then somehow that transferred into a calf thing,’’ Carroll said. “He has a chance to practice tomorrow so we’ll see how that goes. He’s had a very good time coming back, it looks like he’s going to make it.”
- Rookie running back C.J. Prosise should be back to practice on Monday. “He’s going to practice tomorrow,’’ Carroll said. “We thought one more day here just to make sure after rehabbing over the weekend. He should be out there tomorrow, though. It’s really an important week for us to get him back, just so he can hopefully get into practice every day and get his process started, give him a chance to see where he fits in.” Asked if Prosise will play Thursday Carroll said: “He could. It depends on how the week goes.”