Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls will be sidelined a few more weeks with a cracked bone in his left fibula, coach Pete Carroll said Monday.
After expressing hope Sunday that Thomas Rawls might return this week, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Monday confirmed that the running back will be sidelined “a few more weeks” because of a cracked bone in his left fibula.
The Seahawks initially said Rawls had suffered a contusion in his leg after being kicked during a 9-3 loss to the Rams on Sept. 18. But Carroll said Monday that further tests showed a more-serious injury.
“They were able to find a little something in there in the evaluation today that wasn’t clear a week ago but makes sense for how uncomfortable he was feeling,” Carroll said Monday. “So he’s got a little crack there that we’ve just got to take care of and wait it out a little bit.
“He’s not going to be incapacitated by it at all. He’ll be able to move around. Just have to be careful and get him through a few more weeks before we can get him back out there.”
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Teams this year can put one player on injured reserve and bring him back after eight weeks without having to declare it at the time the player is placed on IR. But Carroll said Rawls is not a candidate for IR “at this point.”
Rawls being out means Christine Michael will remain the team’s starting running back for the foreseeable future. Michael had a career-high 106 yards on 20 carries in Sunday’s 37-18 win over the 49ers, further continuing the rather remarkable career revival that began when he was re-signed in December after a season-ending injury to Rawls and with Marshawn Lynch sidelined. Michael jumpstarted Sunday’s easy win with a 41-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game.
“This is really a time for Christine,” Carroll said. “His eyes are wide open, and he’s kind of taking everything in. I think he’s thrilled about how things have gone since he’s returned. He’s really excited about what his role is that he can play with this team. That was such a great explosion early in the game. A statement to get us going. It kind of answered to something. We wanted to get on the scoreboard and do it in the running game if we could. All of that stuff. Then to get his first touchdown as well, and he had a 100-yard game and all that. I think there was just a lot of positives. Kind of like he’s starting over again, so I think it’s quite alright for him to kind of feel like a rookie starting up.”
Though Rawls is out at least a few more games, though, Carroll said he hopes rookie C.J. Prosise can play Sunday against the New York Jets after missing the past two weeks because of a broken bone in his wrist.
“I would think he would be able to play this weekend,” Carroll said.
Carroll noted that the loss of Rawls for a few weeks “will necessitate a more serious look at getting (Prosise) out there.” Prosise has practiced with a wrap on his hand, which has allowed him to stay in shape. But having to wear protection on his hand has made it so that he can’t play in games.
The Seahawks also could get two other members of its 2016 draft class — guard Germain Ifedi and tight end Nick Vannett — back this week.
Carroll said Ifedi, who has yet to play after suffering a high-ankle sprain on the Wednesday before the opener against Miami, is “doing quite well. He’s really excited about coming back. He was really close last week. You wouldn’t know that there’s anything wrong with him at this point.”
J’Marcus Webb has been starting at right guard with Ifedi out, but Carroll said if Ifedi returns this week he will step back in as the starter.
Vannett has been out since suffering a high-ankle sprain in a preseason game against Minnesota.
“We’re counting on him making it through this week, and we’ll find out where we can fit him in on the roster and the game plan,” Carroll said. “We were really excited about Nick before he got banged up, blocking and receiving. So we are anxious to see where it kind of settles here. It will be a little difficult to figure it all out, because we only have a few days of practice to sort that all out. Our guys have done a nice job at that position — Brandon Williams has done a nice job along with Jimmy (Graham) and Luke (Willson). But it’s a great problem to figure out, because Nick was very impressive early on.”