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Thomas Rawls injury update: Seahawks RB could play in preseason finale

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Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls suffered a gruesome injury against the Baltimore Ravens last season, putting his 2016 Week 1 in doubt, but not only does it look like Rawls will definitely be ready to go for the start of the regular season ... he may actually get a few snaps before the preseason ends too.

Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday that he hasn’t ruled out Rawls for the preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.

Rawls was fully suited up for the game last Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys (the picture above is from that day) but didn’t play. It’s important for players to just get in the mindset of “I’m going to prepare to play” sometimes before the season starts. Now it looks like Rawls may see the field before the season starts on September 11 against the Miami Dolphins.

In other injury news, Carroll said that Tanner McEvoy (groin) may also still play Thursday, giving him one last chance to prove himself before final cuts. Carroll said that Jarran Reed (ankle) could still be ready for Week 1, Jimmy Graham (knee) is a full-go at practice but they won’t know about Week 1 until later next week, and he sounded less positive about rookie tight end Nick Vannett (ankle) coming back in the next two weeks.

The Seahawks will see plenty of Alex Collins and CJ Prosise on Thursday as they determine the order of running backs there, as well as the possibilities of Troymaine Pope cracking the final 53.