A day after rookie running back Thomas Rawls suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the Seahawks' win at Baltimore, Seattle brought back running back Bryce Brown to add depth at that position, head coach Pete Carroll said.
"We just got that done," Carroll said. "It's a good opportunity to bring a guy back that we've been training. We liked the work that he did. Roster issues made him come and go a little bit here, but we're happy to get him back."
Brown, 24, has had two brief stints with Seattle already this season. He first signed on Oct. 27 when there were concerns about Rawls' availability for Seattle's Week 8 game because of a calf injury. Brown was inactive for two games with the Seahawks, then waived on Nov. 21 when the Seahawks added Eric Pinkins to provide linebacker depth with Bruce Irvin out with a knee injury. Brown was re-signed on No. 24 with Lynch dealing with an abdominal injury that would eventually require surgery, then waived four days later when cornerback Jeremy Lane was activated off the physically unable to perform list.
As for how the running back playing time is divided, Carroll said that will be determined this week, though the Seahawks will keep Fred Jackson in his current role of playing primarily on third down and in hurry-up situations.
Keeping Jackson in that role means the Seahawks will likely lean on either Brown or DuJuan Harris to carry the load, or perhaps fullback Derrick Coleman, a former college running back, who had one carry for 19 yards late in Sunday's game.
"After Derrick busted out, he's going to get some shots too," Carroll said. "He looked pretty good the other day."
Brown, who was a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft out of Kansas State, has rushed for 1,004 yards and six touchdowns on 226 carries in his career, with his best season coming as a rookie with Philadelphia when he rushed for 564 yards and four touchdowns. Brown was traded to Buffalo in 2014, where he was teammates with current Seahawks running back Fred Jackson, but was released by the Bills early this season.
After Rawls was injured on Seattle's first offensive possession, Harris rushed for 42 yards on 18 carries and had one fumble.
"He did fine," Carroll said. "He got 18 carries. He hasn't carried the ball that much in a long time and the couple carries he had the week before just kind of got him started. We haven't had great work with him, with pads on and full speed stuff, so he's had to kind of gain it in the games. So he hit his stuff pretty well, got stumbled up a couple times when he had a chance to make some more yards. But he plays with a lot of energy, a lot of movement, he's got really good lateral movement, so we'll see how he can pop out of this thing."
The Seahawks are still hopeful they will get Marshawn Lynch back at some point, but Carroll said it's still too soon to know when Lynch will be back from abdominal surgery.
"He's going to be continuing to rehab and he's going to be rehabbing off site until he's ready to get back and start practicing," Carroll said. "We don't have a timeline on that.
"He went through a big surgery. He's got a lot to get through and he's got to get past that, whatever impact that's had, and then he's got to get back into shape and get going. We're three weeks from his surgery today, I think, and he hasn't been able to go yet very hard, so he's going to have to work through that and get himself going again and then come back and show that he's back and ready to go."
Asked if Lynch can make it back during the regular season, Carroll said, "I don't know. We won't know until the work starts happening."
Whoever is carrying the ball this week and beyond, Carroll made it clear that his team doesn't plan on abandoning the run. And indeed the Seahawks did stick with the run without Rawls Sunday, giving Harris 18 carries and totaling more rushes (36) than pass attempts (33). In fact, even as Russell Wilson has enjoyed one of the most prolific four-game stretches of passing in NFL history, the Seahawks have still run the ball 143 times while attempting 120 passes.
"Our commitment is going to stay the same because we have a balance that we really play with and we have a philosophy and an approach that doesn't need to be changed right now," Carroll said. "If we were having issues and troubles, then maybe something would happen. The whole idea of being a balanced attack is that when you need it you can go to it. If we need to throw the football more, we will. If we need to run the football more, we will. So we'll see how that goes, but right now we're going to stay on course and continue to push our approach and see if we can't keep it on a really good track. We know how to predict what's going to happen in a sense, we have a good eye on how this should turn out, and see how it goes."
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