Seattle Seahawks backup running back Thomas Rawls shined for the NFC West franchise against their rivals the San Francisco 49ers over the weekend in place of starter Marshawn Lynch, and after recent reports it appears he could now be the starter for the rest of the season.
Lynch didn't play at all yesterday due to an abdominal injury, which allowed Rawls to have 30 carries for 209 yards and one touchdown, averaging seven yards per carry. However, reports today by Ian Rapoport say the 29-year-old could miss the remainder of the season due to a sports hernia.
The Seahawks running back will visit Dr. William Meyers later today in Philadelphia; the same doctor which diagnosed Houston Texans' running back Arian Foster's injury earlier in the year. He is known as the go-to doctor in the NFL for these types of injuries and he will be the one that decides if Lynch needs surgery.
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Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after his team's 29-13 victory, according to NFL.com: "We're going to try to take care of him, he's going to make a trip to go see (a specialist) out in Philadelphia to see if we can figure out what's going on. It's an abdominal issue, there's a lot going on there, so we've got to see what that all means."
The Seahawks will be optimistic that Lynch can return in time for the playoffs if the team manages to make it to that stage, but they may not be too disappointed if he can't as Rawls had a fantastic game yesterday of 209 yards and a touchdown.
From the looks of things, he will definitely be able to manage the workload in Beast Mode's absence and possibly beyond that. Lynch only has two years left on his contract after this season and he could be seen as expendable if Rawls continues to play well throughout the rest of the season.