The Seattle Seahawks on Monday signed running back Bryce Brown to add depth after the loss on Sunday of Thomas Rawls.
While Marshawn Lynch headed “off site’’ to continue his rehabilitation Monday, Bryce Brown returned to Seattle as the Seahawks’ running-back corps prepared for life without Thomas Rawls.
Rawls, the Seahawks’ sensational rookie, broke his left ankle in Sunday’s 35-6 victory at Baltimore and is out for the season.
With Rawls headed to injured reserve, the Seahawks re-signed Brown, who has been with the team twice already this season, to add depth behind DuJuan Harris and Fred Jackson, who both stepped in after Rawls went down 10 plays into Sunday’s game.
The Seahawks also hope Lynch can recover from abdominal surgery, performed Nov. 25, in time for the playoffs, if not sooner.
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But on Monday coach Pete Carroll offered no specific timeline for a return by Lynch, noting that he again has left Seattle to continue his recovery.
Lynch, who had abdominal surgery on Nov. 25 in Philadelphia, was back in town last week, and after Sunday’s game Carroll referred to Lynch being back with the team.
Carroll would not say where Lynch is but said “just think it’s best for him’’ for Lynch to rehab out of town.
Carroll said “I don’t know’’ when asked if Lynch could make it back during the regular season — Seattle’s final game is Jan. 3 at Arizona.
“He went through a big surgery,” Carroll said. “He’s got a lot to get through, and he’s got to get past that, whatever impact that’s had. He’s got to get back into shape and get going. It’ll have been, we’re at three weeks from his surgery (this week), I think, and he hasn’t been able to go yet very hard. He’s going to have to work through that and get himself going again, and come back and show that he’s back and ready to go.”
So for now the Seahawks will go with a combination of Harris, Jackson and Brown, with Carroll adding that fullback Derrick Coleman — who played tailback at UCLA — could join the mix.
Carroll said Jackson will remain in his role as a third-down back, leaving it to Harris and Brown to compete for carries first and second down.
Harris, who has been in the NFL since 2011 and was signed to the Seahawks’ 53-man roster before the Minnesota game, had 42 yards on 18 carries Sunday and lost a fumble.
Carroll said Harris “did fine’’ and “hit stuff pretty well. He got stumbled up a couple of times when he had a chance to make some yards. But he plays with a lot of energy.’’
Brown has 1,009 yards in 39 games with the Eagles and Bills the past three seasons but has not played in an NFL game this season.
He was signed by the Seahawks in October when Rawls suffered a calf injury, and he was on the 53-man roster for the Dallas and Arizona games but was not active on game day.
Brown was released the next week and then brought back the week of the Pittsburgh game before being released the day before the game to make room for the return of cornerback Jeremy Lane.
A 6-foot, 220-pounder, Brown had his best season as rookie with the Eagles in 2012 when he rushed for 564 yards and a 4.9 yards-per-carry average. But his numbers dipped in 2013, and he was traded to Buffalo in 2014. Some fumbling issues there helped lead to his release before this season.
Carroll said of re-signing Brown: “It’s a good opportunity to bring a guy back that we have been training that we liked the work that he did. Roster issues made it come and go a little bit here, but we are happy to get him back.’’
Jackson, the third-leading rusher in Buffalo Bills history, had 15 yards on seven carries Sunday and has been used primarily as a third-down back by the Seahawks this season.
Carroll said that won’t change saying “we are going to keep Freddie in his role.’’
Carroll said he doesn’t plan on the Seahawks having to change anything with the team’s top two leading rushers sidelined. Rawls ends the season with 830 yards and an average of 5.6 per carry, which is a franchise record for a running back.
“We have a balance and a philosophy and an approach that doesn’t have to be changed right now,’’ Carroll said. “ … We’ll see how it goes, but right now we are going to stay on course and continue to push our approach and see that if we can keep it on a really good track.’’
HERE ARE A FEW OTHER PERSONNEL UPDATES
— Carroll reiterated Rawls should not have to have surgery to allow his ankle to heal. “It doesn’t sound like it,” he said. “I don’t think he’s going to. We wouldn’t. It was a significant injury. The ligament damage was the concern that would take a long time.”
— Carroll said safety Kam Chancellor was “pretty sore’’ Monday after suffering a bruised tailbone in the first quarter Sunday. Carroll said it was unlikely Chancellor will practice Wednesday. If he can’t play Sunday against the Browns then Kelcie McCray would get the start. McCray played the final three quarters in place of Chancellor at strong safety against the Ravens.Carroll said Chancellor suffered the injury when he “landed wrong’’ after knocking down a pass. “He got bruised pretty good,’’ Carroll said.
— Tight end Luke Willson had an MRI Monday after suffering bruised ribs against the Ravens. But Carroll said the results were not yet back so he did not know the extent of the injury.
— Carroll said cornerbacks DeShawn Shead and Marcus Burley are each dealing with sprained ankles from the game and that “we have to wait and see’’ if they can play Sunday against the Browns. Carroll hinted both will rebound, though, saying of Burley that “we think he should be okay’’ and noting that Shead, who returned to play late in the game against the Ravens, has “been a great guy battling through stuff.’’
— DL Michael Bennett re-injured a toe that has been an issue much of the season and was in a boot on Monday. “He’s sore today,’’ Carroll said.