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Thomas Rawls Injury: Seahawks RB Active vs. 49ers

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured Columnist

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18:  Running back Thomas Rawls #34 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks announced running back Thomas Rawls is active for their Week 17 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers after he suffered a shoulder injury Dec. 24 during a 34-31 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks announced on Friday that Rawls was a full participant in practice this week and did not list him with a playing-status designation for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Due to the injury problems and premature retirement of Marshawn Lynch, Rawls has been thrust into the spotlight in the Seahawks backfield.

After rushing for 830 yards and four touchdowns last season, Rawls entered Sunday's game with 335 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

A difficult start saw him post just 25 yards on 19 carries over his first two games. At the time, Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable told Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com that Rawls was "trying to do too much."

However, he wasn't exempt from injury issues during that tough start. He left Week 2's game against the Los Angeles Rams early with a shin injury, which sidelined him until Week 11's matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

This came after a fractured ankle cut his 2015 season short. But he still reminded Seahawks fans of their retired power back, via the NFL:

NFL @NFL

You'll need a double take to realize that this isn't Beast Mode pounding over 49ers defenders. It's Thomas Rawls. https://t.co/8i64aEfBCF

Alex Collins would see a lion's share of the carries in Seattle's backfield if Rawls aggravates the injury against San Francisco.

For a team that wants to regain supremacy in the NFC, that's a dangerous scenario as the season draws to a close.

           

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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