The Seahawks are pretty low on running backs after a spate of injuries at that position in recent days.

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When the Seahawks’ number one offense took the field for a final series Thursday, the tailback was Cameron Marshall, who had officially rejoined the team just a couple hours prior.

A little earlier, the Seahawks used a cornerback — George Farmer — in the backfield.

Each move illustrated well the team’s sudden depth issues in the backfield, which coach Pete Carroll admitted are somewhat of a concern.

“Yes, it is a little bit right now,” Carroll said.

Right now is a key part of that phrase for the Seahawks — there’s more than a month to go to the Sept. 11 opener to get everything figured out.

But if the Seahawks played a game today, their backfield would be a little bit of a mess.

Thomas Rawls remains on the PUP list, and while Carroll says he’s day-to-day to return, once he does come back there will be some shaking off the rust from having not played since last December, with the team hoping he’s ready for opening day Sept.11 but Rawls unlikely to see game action before then.

Rookie draft picks C.J. Prosise (hamstring) and Zac Brooks (hamstring) are sidelined as is rookie undrafted free agent Tre Madden (shoulder). And Brandon Cottom, who appeared to be making a run to be the starting fullback, suffered an apparent Achilles injury on Thursday that could be season-ending.

The injuries to Prosise, Brooks and Madden compelled the Seahawks to bring back Marshall, who played at Arizona State and was with the Seahawks from February to May.

Marshall spent the day working as the number three tailback behind Christine Michael and rookie Alex Collins.

Carroll said a concern now is overworking Michael and Collins, who work with the first- and second-team offenses in that order, which is where giving Farmer a few snaps came in.

“We have to manage this really well,” Carroll said. “Christine Michael is doing a great job. We have to be careful not overworking him. He’s just been on the money throughout. So we’re a little bit concerned, we picked up a guy today and we’ve just got to make sure we do a nice job. We even used George, George was over there today. So, that’s how we do it.”

Running backs coach Sherman Smith called Michael “an ironman” for the workload he has handled so far in training camp.

“If you don’t have guys out there it’s kind of hard to get them reps,” Smith said. “So Thomas and C.J., we want them out there to get the ready and they are not out there. So it puts more load on the other guys so that makes them susceptible to injuries. The big thing is that the guys that aren’t out there aren’t getting prepared and the guys that are there are getting more reps than they would usually get.”

Collins was one of three running backs the team drafted but at the moment the only one who is practicing. Prosise got hurt on the first day while Brooks practiced well the first four days before getting hurt.

Carroll said Collins is getting a crash course (somewhat literally) in the NFL.

“He’s getting banged around pretty good,” Carroll said. “He’s very tough, he’s really responded. The defense has come to the offense to really work with the football, make sure those guys are really secure so they’re getting banged around a lot, which we intended to do that. He’s taken to the physical stuff and he’s dishing it back out, so I’m really proud of the way he’s handling. He’s had a lot of work already.”

Not having Prosise and Brooks also makes it hard for the team to develop its third-down running back role.

Carroll said for now, the team will have to make do with the running backs its has and use Michael and Collins and the guys who are healthy in the base-down running game as well as the third-down offense.

“Just take it as a normal position right now,” Carroll said. “That’s all we can do.”