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C.J. Prosise Injury: Updates on Seahawks RB's Scapula and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13: C.J. Prosise #22 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball during the third quarter of a game against the New England Patriots during a game at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks running back C.J. Prosise suffered a scapula injury in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He will not need surgery, but it is uncertain when he will be able to return to action.

Continue for updates.


Latest on Prosise's Timeline for Return

Monday, Nov. 21

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters the team won't know for "a couple weeks" whether Prosise can return for the playoffs. Carroll said Prosise has a fracture but won't need surgery.

Earlier, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Prosise "faces the best-case scenario of being back by the start of the playoffs."

Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reported Prosise will be out for "upward of eight weeks" but could come back after six weeks.


Prosise Latest Seahawks RB to Suffer Injury

The Seahawks underwent a significant makeover at running back during the offseason due to the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. While that elevated Thomas Rawls into a bigger role, Prosise was selected in the third round of the NFL draft out of Notre Dame to provide depth.

As largely a reserve thus far, Prosise has put up 172 rushing yards and 208 receiving yards during his debut campaign.

Prosise is no stranger to injuries, as an ankle issue limited him to just 10 games as a senior with the Fighting Irish. He was productive and dominant when healthy, though, rushing for over 1,000 yards and averaging 6.6 yards per carry.

Multiple backs are needed in order to have success at the NFL level due to injuries and the rigors of a long season, and the selection of Prosise suggested that Seattle was well aware of that.

Even though Rawls was excellent during Lynch's absence last season and proved himself capable of carrying the bulk of the workload, he succumbed to an injury and has yet to show that he can get the job done over a full 16-game slate.

That is where Prosise was supposed to come in, but with the Virginia native working through his first injury since making the leap to the NFL, Seattle may have to turn elsewhere for depth in the immediate future.

Rawls figures to continue to receive the bulk of the carries, while rookie Alex Collins should be handed an increased workload if Prosise is forced to miss extended game action.

Quarterback Russell Wilson is an important part of the ground game as well, and it wouldn't be surprising if Carroll dials up a few more designed runs in the coming weeks.

Due to the fact that there are other options at running back and a superstar under center, Seattle should be able to navigate past Prosise's injury without missing much of a beat. Also, if the defense steps up and dominates like it traditionally has, the offense should have an easier time moving the ball during Prosise's potential absence.

      

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