Seahawks’ Thomas Rawls practices Wednesday, expected to play Sunday; Kam Chancellor sits

Dec 28, 2016, 2:32 PM | Updated: 5:00 pm

Thomas Rawls didn't play in the second half of Seattle's game against Arizona with a shoulder injur...

Thomas Rawls didn't play in the second half of Seattle's game against Arizona with a shoulder injury. (AP)


RENTON – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said running back Thomas Rawls should be able to play Sunday in Seattle’s regular-season finale against San Francisco despite a shoulder injury that knocked him out of last week’s game. The team listed Rawls as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

Rawls hurt his shoulder last week against Arizona and didn’t play in the second half, watching the remainder of Seattle’s loss in street clothes. Carroll called it a bruise afterward and said Rawls would have an MRI. Rawls said Wednesday that he isn’t sure when or exactly how he was hurt and that he feels OK now.

“He feels good,” Carroll said. “He’s looking forward to being able to work through the week. We’ve got to see what happens, but what bothered him is very slight and he should be fine.”

Seattle’s injury list was short on Wednesday but it also included strong safety Kam Chancellor sitting out with an ankle injury. It’s presumably the same one that caused him to leave Saturday’s game for a few series before returning. Jeron Johnson took his place, a surprise given how Kelcie McCray had filled in for Chancellor both late last season and earlier this year.

Tight end Jimmy Graham also sat Wednesday, but his absence was listed as not injury-related. So it appears it was just another one of his usual rest days.

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With Rawls on track to play Sunday, the Seahawks would avoid yet another significant setback in their backfield, which has undergone a great deal of injury-related turnover this season. Eight different tailbacks have carried the ball for Seattle this year and a few more have spent time on the team’s roster.

One of those injured tailbacks is rookie C.J. Prosise, who has been sidelined since last month with a broken scapula. The Seahawks have been keeping him on their 53-man roster in the hopes that he could be back in time for the postseason. Carroll on Wednesday said there’s still a possibility that Prosise returns but that it won’t be for at least two more weeks.

“He’s doing well. He’s working out and all,” Carroll said. “It’s still a couple weeks away from a chance and we don’t know on that. We’ve got to wait.”

Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin has a sprained wrist but is practicing Wednesday, according to Carroll.

Here’s what he said about the move to promote second-year wide receiver Kasen Williams from the practice squad after placing Tyler Lockett on Injured Reserve: “Kasen’s had a terrific year with us, practicing with us and we’ve been knowing that he would be the next guy up. He’s ready to play football and has done just remarkably well throughout really the second half of the season being with us, so it’s a real logical move for us to make.”

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