Thomas Rawls has spent the last nine weeks recovering from a fibula fracture, but he’s finally ready for a return to the Seahawks lineup. Rawls was able to get in two limited and one full practice last week without any setbacks or problems with his leg, so when the Seahawks cut ties with Christine Michael earlier this week that was our final sign that he was ready to go.
Rawls has been a full participant at practice to start the week and will be active against the Eagles on Sunday. I expect a strong performance from Rawls if he gets enough opportunities. The optimal recovery time for a fibula fracture is around eight weeks, so he has been out more than enough time for it to fully heal and can play without risking re-injury. His leg will not hold him back. It is important to take into account that he has been out of football for over two months, so it can take a few weeks to get back into things.
Rawls is a young back, and I expect him to bounce back quickly from this injury. His Fantasy value should continue to climb over the next few weeks, but he may be eased back into things and won’t be as in shape as he was heading into the season. C.J. Prosise has also been playing well and earned playing time, so they will share backfield duties at least temporarily. Against the Eagles, Rawls may be touchdown-dependant for Fantasy owners because I don’t expect him to see 20-plus touches. Prosise and Rawls should form a dynamic duo out of the backfield.
As the Seahawks make a push for a top playoff seed, they are getting healthier each and every week. Rawls will be an important piece in their offense down the stretch, and it’s scary to think how good this team might be with Rawls back and Russell Wilson finally healthy.
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