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Seahawks-Eagles injury report: Thomas Rawls could be a healthy scratch again

NFL: Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks released their Friday injury report, and the status of the injured players on the roster could set things up for Thomas Rawls to one again be a healthy scratch. Through the first 11 games of the season Rawls has been a healthy scratch twice, and twice has played just a single snap when active.

His production has been far from great, averaging just 2.55 yards per carry which, without testing, is likely not statistically significantly different from the 2.58 yards per carry Eddie Lacy has posted so far this season. In any case, with the injury report now out, the speculation as to the status of Rawls on Sunday can begin.

The team has listed three players as out for the game against the Philadelphia Eagles: Kam Chancellor, Oday Aboushi and Josh Forrest. At least four of the five players listed as questionable are expected to play, so even if just one of either Nazair Jones or Dion Jordan suit up that will leave two of the seven inactive spots available.

David Moore is very likely to occupy one of those two spots, meaning there is likely be just one additional inactive spot left to fill. A lot may come down to whether or not D.J. Alexander is active or not because if he is out, then that will potentially leave the team needing special teams snaps more than it needs a fourth running back active. Further, the team has kept just three running backs active the last few weeks, and with J.D. McKissic and Mike Davis likely to occupy two of those three spots, it could come down to a decision between Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls for the final inactive designation.

While those two have posted a nearly identical yards per carry on their rushing attempts this season, the way they have arrived at that average has been substantially different. Lacy has been far more consistent in the results of his rushing attempts, while Rawls has been more scattershot in his results.

Distribution of Thomas Rawls carries versus NFL averages
Distribution of Eddie Lacy carries versus NFL averages

Whether or not the team keeps either of Rawls or Lacy inactive remains to be seen, but it is setting up for Rawls fans to once again potentially be disappointed by the inactive list.