Thomas Rawls Injury: Updates on Seahawks RB's Ankle and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) runs the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
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Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls left the field in the first quarter versus the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday with an ankle injury that ended his season. It was revealed he broke his ankle and tore ligaments.

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Rawls Placed on Injured Reserve 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

The Seahawks announced the signing of Bryce Brown to coincide with placing Rawls on the season-ending list.

Rawls Avoids Surgery

Monday, Dec. 14

Brock Huard of ESPN reported Rawls will not need a plate or screws in his broken ankle, adding there are "no long term ramifications."

Rawls' Injury Latest Blow to Seahawks' RB Corps

The good news is Seattle has a seasoned veteran to turn to in Fred Jackson, as superstar Marshawn Lynch is also out because of a sports hernia.

Rawls has exceeded expectations when he's been asked to be the feature back in Lynch's stead. That happened early on in 2015 as Lynch dealt with a nagging hamstring injury. The Central Michigan product was an undrafted free agent and had his best showing with 169 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Bengals in Cincinnati.

"He's not Beast Mode Lite, he's Beast Mode Two," said former Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian of Rawls after his breakout performance, per SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Between Jackson and a dual-threat quarterback in Russell Wilson, Seattle's rushing attack should fare well without Rawls for now. The danger is the Seahawks are one play away from Jackson exiting the lineup and being alarmingly thin in the backfield.

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Most important is for Seattle's offensive line to play at a higher level. The unit has struggled mightily in pass protection for Wilson and might help the Seahawks offense achieve better balance with superior blocking in the passing game.


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