Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the coaches also will find ways to get snaps for rookie Thomas Rawls, who rushed for 169 yards in Sunday’s 27-24 loss at Cincinnati.
RENTON — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch should be back for Sunday’s game against Carolina after sitting out the past two weeks with a hamstring injury.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean Thomas Rawls will go back to the bench.
Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the coaches will find ways to get snaps for Rawls, who rushed for 169 yards in Sunday’s 27-24 loss at Cincinnati, the most for a Seahawk since Shaun Alexander had 201 against Green Bay in 2006.
“Normally, Marshawn comes in and out pretty regularly, so we’ll just pump (Rawls) in there and see how many carries that amounts to,’’ Carroll said. “Usually it’s about eight or 10 carries on a regular game. We’ll see how that goes. …
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“We’re going to feel real comfortable about him in the two spot, coming in off the bench. There’s no reason for him not to play, he’s done a great job for us, and I would say he’s probably exceeded our expectations at this point.’’
Rawls, in fact, is 11th in the NFL in rushing with 356 yards on 58 carries, with an average of 5.6 per attempt, which ranks third.
Lynch did not make the trip to Cincinnati, but Carroll said he “had a good workout (Monday) and he should be on track (to return to practice on) Thursday.”
Though Rawls had a big game against the Bengals, he did not get a carry in overtime and wasn’t on the field for the first possession in the extra session, as the Seahawks instead went with Fred Jackson.
Carroll reiterated what he said after the game, that the team wanted to go more with its hurry-up package, which fits Jackson.
“We were just trying to hurry the game up a little bit, take the tempo to them,’’ Carroll said. “We were in a mode that we go to when we play overtime, and that calls for Fred (Jackson) to be in the game.”
Injury updates on Hill, Wagner
The Seahawks suffered two new injuries Sunday, as defensive tackle Jordan Hill left in the first half because of a quad strain and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner suffered a strained pectoral muscle in the fourth quarter. Wagner sat out two plays before returning to the field.
Carroll said Hill likely is out a couple of games, adding that it was too soon to know if Wagner will miss time.
“I would think, from what I hear, maybe it’s a couple weeks if it doesn’t respond,’’ Carroll said. “But he might be able to play this week, too, so we’ll wait and see.”
Hill’s absence could leave the Seahawks with depth issues up front, particularly with Demarcus Dobbs continuing to struggle to overcome a shoulder injury that has kept him out of action the past two games.
“We have a few options, but we don’t like getting much thinner than this,’’ Carroll said. “This is pretty thin if he (Dobbs) can’t go again.”
• Carroll, on a personal-foul penalty against defensive lineman Michael Bennett for blocking quarterback Andy Dalton on an Earl Thomas interception: “He just lost his mind a little bit and went after the quarterback too aggressively.’’ The penalty resulted in a net loss of 51 yards for the Seahawks.
• Tight end Jimmy Graham had three catches on five targets for 30 yards. Carroll said “we’d love to get more’’ from Graham but also noted that “we only completed 15 passes in this game, so we need to get more activity out of him. Just like we need to get more out of the other guys, too. But he’s working hard at it.”