A week after returning to the starting lineup, running back Thomas Rawls is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, the result of a shin injury sustained in last week's game at Los Angeles. Rawls' injury is "totally unrelated" to the broken ankle that ended his 2015 season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, and he still has a chance to play Sunday depending on how the next two days go.
"We're still hoping he'll be able to come out of the chutes running tomorrow and Sunday," Carroll said following Friday's practice. "It's not a dangerous injury or anything like that. It's problematic for him at this time, but we're just going to be open minded and make the decision of what we want to do. We're prepared to go without him if he can't go, but we'd love to see him if he can."
If Rawls doesn't make it for Sunday's game, that would likely mean another start and a big workload for Christine Michael, who started Seattle's opener, and who is currently the team's leading rusher with 126 yards on 25 carries.
"We really are," Carroll said when asked if he's comfortable with Christine Michael carrying the load. "He's averaging 5 yards a carry for a reason. He had a really good offseason, he had a terrific camp. All indications are that he's really ready for a bigger load. He has 20-something carries so far, and he's ready to carry the ball 20-something times in a game. I think he'd be fine with that."
Michael said nothing changes for him this week whether he's getting those 20-something carries or backing up Rawls.
"It's all about just trying to contribute," Michael said. "Whether I'm in there, Alex (Collins) is in there or Thomas Rawls, we've just got to get the job done. We've got to get this offense up and running."
The Seahawks also could get C.J. Prosise back this week, Carroll said. Prosise missed last week's game with a cracked bone in his hand, but was able to practice this week and is listed as questionable.
"He practiced all week and he made it through it, so we have the option of playing him," Carroll said.
Two of Seattle's top three receivers, Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, were limited early in the week with knee injuries, but both should be on the field Sunday.
"They did a marvelous job this week," Carroll said. "They got all the work that they needed to get done. They're ready to play."
Quarterback Russell Wilson's status was never in question this week, but he should be closer to his usual self than he was in Los Angeles when he was only a week removed from his ankle injury.
"He is better than he was last week," Carroll said. "He did fine. He finished on a really high note today. It was really the best he has been in the last two weeks. He looked really good today."
Guard Germain Ifedi and tight end Nick Vannett continue to make progress coming back from the ankle injuries that kept the two rookies out of Seattle's first two games, and both practiced on a limited basis Friday, but both are listed as doubtful and Carroll didn't sound optimistic about them playing.
"He didn't do anything really of note today," Carroll said of Ifedi. "I think there's a really good chance he'll be ready to do some stuff next week."
On Vannett, Carroll said, "He's really close. Nick is running around everywhere. In an emergency situation if we needed to, we might be able to get him up this week, but we're hopeful to play it out a little longer."
Here's a look at the final injury report of the week for the Seahawks and 49ers:
TE Nick Vannett (ankle, limited participation)
G Germain Ifedi (ankle, limited participation)
RB Thomas Rawls (shin, did not participate)
RB C.J. Prosise (wrist, full participation)
WR Tyler Lockett (knee, full participation)
San Francisco 49ers
T Anthony Davis (concussion, did not participate)
S Marcus Cromartie (ankle, limited participation)
S Jaquiski Tartt (knee, limited participation)
Photos from the Seahawks' Friday practice ahead of the team's Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers.