The Seattle Seahawks came into the game Sunday committed to getting back to the running game and committed to Eddie Lacy as the lead running back in re-establishing the identity of the team as a physical, ground based team with a potent rushing attack.
That lasted all of 11 plays before Lacy left the game with a groin injury. According to Pete Carroll during an interview on ESPN 710 radio, he was unsure what the severity of the injury was and on Lacy’s status for the game against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.
Carroll on ESPN 710 radio show says still doesn't know extent of Eddie Lacy groin strain.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 6, 2017
Following Lacy’s injury, the team then handed the responsibility of the run game off to Thomas Rawls, and while Rawls had his best game of the season, on the eighth snap of the game for fullback Tre Madden, Madden injured his calf. Originally reported to be an Achilles injury, the details of Madden’s injury have been updated to reflect being a calf injury. Regardless of the severity of the injury, Pete stated that Madden will be unavailable for the Thursday night.
Carroll says Tre Madden has "a pretty serious injury.'' Says he is out this week.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 6, 2017
With Madden out and Lacy an unknown, that potentially leaves the team with just J.D. McKissic, Thomas Rawls, and C.J. Prosise. Prosise has played just two snaps since Week 3 of the season, and each time the Hawks have given Prosise a shot, he has re-injured himself.
In spite of the fact that Prosise has not been able to stay healthy so far in his NFL career, Seattle once again finds itself in the middle of the season with multiple running backs fighting injury or resting on IR, and the team will need one of the available backs to step up down the stretch in order for the team to remain competitive.
Rawls has a great chance to show what he can do over the second half of the season, and Prosise has been teasing fans with his upside potential since being drafted 18 months ago.
Now it’s time for those two to turn potential into reality.