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Pete Carroll On Thomas Rawls: "I Don't Think There's Anybody In Better Shape"

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll shares injury updates following the Seahawks' ninth practice of training camp.

The Seahawks are off the field following their ninth practice of training camp at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, and Tuesday's practice featured a player who was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list this past Sunday, with second-year running back Thomas Rawls making his 2016 practice debut for Seattle after undergoing surgery on an ankle he injured late last season.

"He has just busted everything he could do in the workouts with the trainers and there was nothing else they could do with him, so it was time," head coach Pete Carroll said of Rawls' return. "We're going to be careful. There's no need to rush him at all. He's a very violent football player and he needs time to get ready to play the way he does, so we're going to take it, however long that is. I don't even have a schedule on that at this point."

Rawls took part in some early individual drills in his first workout back, but remained sidelined during 11-on-11 team sessions. Carroll said he wants to see Rawls run and cut with "the confidence to do what he always does" before the club gives him a full workload, adding "I don't think there's anybody in better shape than Thomas. I think he put himself in great, great condition."

"That's just going to take time," said Carroll. "It's really bringing him back to his level of intensity, which is an enormous level, so it's going to take us a while."

The Seahawks have said they expect Rawls to be ready for the regular-season opener on Sept. 11 against the Miami Dolphins.

"Give us a couple weeks," Carroll said. "There's plenty of time here. We'll figure it out. I'm sure he's going to be chomping at the bit by the last preseason game, if not sooner."

Here's a few more injury updates from the Seahawks head coach:

  • Tight end Jimmy Graham, who started training camp on PUP with Rawls, is "right at the edge of getting back," Carroll said. "He's really close."
  • Linebacker Brock Coyle, who has been nursing an oblique strain, has a chance to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. "If he makes it through and recovers OK from each day, he has a chance to play this weekend."
  • Carroll said strong safety Kam Chancellor (groin) also has a chance to play this weekend against the Chiefs.
  • Rookie running back back Alex Collins, who has received heavy workload with players like Rawls on the mend, was held out on Tuesday. "He's got an ankle that's a little bit sore," Carroll said. "It's been bothering him a little bit, so we just rested him."
  • Wideout Doug Baldwin (Achilles) sat out Tuesday, but Carroll said he would return soon. "He did pretty good today, too," Carroll said. "He's coming back, too."
  • Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (calf), who's on the team's non-football injury list, is "on the verge" of a return. "I think we talked about him getting some work later this week," Carroll said. "So it might be a couple days."
  • Rookie defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson was rested Tuesday with a sore knee. "We think he could be back for the game," Carroll said.
  • Rookie running back C.J. Prosise (hamstring) has a chance to play in the Seahawks' second preseason game, according to Carroll. 
  • On linebacker Pete Robertson, Carroll said, "He's had a sprained foot and it's slowed him down a little bit. It's kind of been back and forth, he's been real close to being back. He's very close. We were going to try him a little bit today. I didn't get the word on what we did, but in the next couple days he's got a chance to return."

Check out the best photos from the ninth day of Seahawks Training Camp held at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. 

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