The Seattle Seahawks released their Thursday injury report a short while ago, and they have a notable name still absent. Running back Thomas Rawls missed a second straight day of practice with a shin injury. He suffered the injury early in the Seahawks Week 2 matchup. Head coach Pete Carroll initially did not think it would be serious, but two straight missed practices would suggest Rawls probably will not play on Sunday.
If Rawls is unable to go, Christine Michael would get the start, and the bulk of the carries. Rawls torched the 49ers in the teams’ Week 11 matchup. In his second stint replacing Marshawn Lynch, Rawls rushed for 209 yards and caught three passes for 46 yards. He had both a rushing and receiving touchdown. He got off to a slow start this year while recovering from a broken ankle, but I certainly will not miss him.
Michael struggled to get anything going the first three years of his career. The Seahawks drafted him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons in Seattle, then a year in Dallas, then returned to Seattle in 2015. He could never get things going, but people around him seem to think he finally has his head on straight. Michael rushed 15 times for 66 yards in Week 1, and ten times for 60 yards in Week 2.
He faces a 49ers defensive front that shut down Todd Gurley in Week 1, but was then gashed by Fozzy Whittaker in Week 2. Glenn Dorsey returned to action last week, and provides some needed depth along the line. DeForest Buckner has gotten the most snaps, but I suspect we see a lot of Quinton Dial with the 49ers potentially spending significant time in their base defense against the Seahawks ground game.