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Seahawks place Thomas Rawls on season-ending injured reserve

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The Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday placed rookie running back Thomas Rawls on season-ending injured reserve due to a fractured ankle, according to NFL.com

The injury occurred in Sunday’s 35-6 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Seattle’s opening drive as he was bent awkwardly after being tackled. He spent several moments on the field but was able t0 limp off on his own power to the locker room. 

Rawls had become the team’s starting running back over the past four weeks providing filling in for Marshawn Lynch, who is sidelined indefinitely with an abdomen injury. The 22-year-old had been more than viable option in the running game for Seattle ranking ninth in the league with 830 rushing yards despite just seven starts on the season. He had four 100-plus yards performances, including a career-best 209 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. 

The loss of the standout rookie has put the Seahawks in a presumptuous position with their backfield as the team has made several moves since Sunday’s game. They have already waived DuJuan Harris, who posted 42 yards on 18 carries in place of Rawls against the Ravens. Seattle has also added a couple of familiar names in Bryce Brown and Christine Michael. 

Brown was released by the team a day prior to the team’s tilt against the 49ers in order to make room for safety Eric Pinkins. He was brought back the following week and released this past Saturday because cornerback Jeremy Lane was coming back from the injured reserve.

Michael spent his first two seasons in the league with the Seahawks before the team traded him to the Dallas Cowboys in August. He had just 51 yards on 15 carries in five games this season with Dallas before the team released him. Michael was also on the Washington Redskins’ practice squad but was cut earlier this week.

The Seahawks have two other options at running back on the roster in eight-year veteran Fred Jackson and Derrick Coleman. Brown will reportedly get the first shot at the starting gig in the team’s Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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