Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls appeared an easy choice to take the reigns from Marshawn Lynch last season when he rushed for 830 yards and an NFL-best 5.6 yards per carry, but his rookie year was cut short when Rawls broke an ankle against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s been uncertain when Rawls would return -- as most ugly injuries tend to have unpredictable recovery times — but everyone, including Rawls, have remained adamant that he’d be ready by Week 1.
After Rawls and Jimmy Graham (knee) were reevaluated before Thursday’s training camp practice, it appears he’s still on track to do that.
Rawls was an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan last year but quickly made a name for himself over the 2015 summer before pulling the improbable and beating out Christine Michael and Robert Turbin for a roster spot behind Lynch. Rawls got the call to be the starter sooner than expected and never did anything to disappoint in what was ultimately one of the most unlikely Rookie of the Year campaigns ever.
The Seahawks would definitely welcome Rawls back at this point as soon as he’s ready — the running back corps have been hit time and time again by injury in training camp with C.J. Prosise, Zac Brooks, and Brandon Cottom all hitting the trainers table this year.