As expected, the Seahawks are getting back two important pieces of their offense, with running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Luke Willson active for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rawls has been sidelined since Week 2 with a fibula injury, while Willson missed four games with a knee injury. Those two making it back is part of a trend of improving health for the Seahawks, who last week got Kam Chancellor back from a groin injury, and who have seen quarterback Russell Wilson and receiver Tyler Lockett take steps forward in their health after playing through injuries for much of the season. Only two players, defensive end Michael Bennett and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, are inactive due to injuries.
Rawls' return is important not just for the production he can provide in the running game, but also because of the style with which he plays.
"Honestly, it really is (important)," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Rawls' physical style of play. "He's a guy who lit us up last year really with his aggressive style, (he's) really always in attack mode, and we love that. We've kind of built it around that mentality. It's really nice to get him back… His aggressive style, he really fits the bill for us. We're really looking forward to having him."
Reserve tackles Bradley Sowell and J'Marcus Webb are both inactive, meaning rookie Rees Odhiambo would likely be the backup at tackle and guard if one is needed. Running back Troymaine Pope is active after being promoted off the practice squad this week, while fellow rookie Alex Collins is inactive.
Here are the inactives for both teams:
RB Alex Collins
SS Tyvis Powell
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
DE Michael Bennett
T J'Marcus Webb
T Bradley Sowell
TE Nick Vannett
S Terrence Brooks
CB Aaron Grymes
DE Steve Means
G/T Matt Tobin
C/G Josh Andrews
G Dillon Gordon
DT Taylor Hart
Here are some pregame photos from Week 11 at CenturyLink Field vs the Eagles.