With Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael looking good in the preseason, head coach Pete Carroll has the luxury of easing Thomas Rawls back in when he’s absolutely ready to handle the bulk of the load.
“He’s ready in the next couple weeks to get back in where he can start a game, take a game over and do all of the things that he can do,” Carroll said, per ESPN. “It’s still time to take care of him as we get him back. He only carried the ball a couple times so far. But he’s done everything we could ask of him. He’s had an extraordinary offseason of hard work. Everybody admires the heck out of him. He was here every day throughout the entire offseason getting ready and just did a great job. So it’s a great accomplishment for him. And he looks like he’s at full speed, ready to go.”
“We’re just making progress with him,” he added. “You don’t want to rush him. This is his second preseason game in a sense, as far as relative to the other guys. So we’ll see how he does. I’d love for him to carry the ball quite a bit in this game, and then we’ll know where we stand going into the next week. It’s just really bringing him along properly and carefully. We want to make sure we take care of him.”