Mid-week Seahawks injury updates for week one versus Packers

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07: Thomas Rawls (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07: Thomas Rawls (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

The Seattle Seahawks had some tough injuries in 2016. Earl Thomas leaving with a broken leg late in the year may have changed the season. Thomas Rawls missed much of the year. Where does Seattle’s health stand going into 2017?

On Monday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave updates on where several key players for Seattle were on their ability to play on Sunday in week one versus the Green Bay Packers. 12s will be happy to know many important Seahawks will be ready to go. Some others may be more limited. But Seattle has added depth at positions of importance to help cover for injuries.

Running backs

I am grouping these players together. Seattle had so many injuries in 2016, especially at the beginning of the season, Christine Michael was the starting tailback. Think about that for a second. A guy who was released halfway through last season was the Seahawks leading rusher in 2016. Seriously. But thank goodness for 2017. Seattle will have four tailbacks who could play in week one better than the healthy ones who played in the first five weeks of last year.

Thomas Rawls, who – and no offense to Mr. Rawls – seems to stay not completely healthy – has missed a lot of the preseason. Maybe the Seahawks have simply held him out simply not wanting him to get injured. He is dealing with an ankle injury. Seattle still has him listed as the projected starter. Carroll said C.J. Prosise (of all people) appears ahead of Rawls in terms of health this week. So 12s should check closer to kickoff to see if Rawls actually plays or not.

Prosise played during the preseason. He did not look terribly great, but he played. That is the important part. Prosise is going to play on Sunday.

Tyler Lockett

Who knows, really. Carroll said if Lockett plays he will be the return guy. But will he play? Carroll has not been clear and maybe he doesn’t know himself. One hopes he can just so 12s can see Paul Richardson, Doug Baldwin and Lockett create chaos for the Packers secondary. That would be a lot of speed all at once on the field.

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At this point, all Seahawks may be required to undergo the procedure which seems to make athletes into super heroes. In the preseason, Lockett, Luke Joeckel, D.J.Alexander, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Michael Wilhoite all had Regenokine done. Really. All, except maybe Lockett, are expected to play on Sunday.

Maybe you should have this procedure done as well just so you live longer…