Thomas Rawls missed the Seahawks season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday with a high ankle sprain, but he is now considered probable for Week 2. Rawls suffered the sprain after the preseason opener at the beginning of August.
Rawls practiced in full last week but after warming up on Sunday, decided that taking another week off to rest was the better way to go. Considering Rawls suffered a broken ankle in 2015 and a fractured fibula last season, waiting the full four week ORT (Optimal Recovery Time) was definitely the right call.
“We want to get it behind him and make sure it’s done,” coach Pete Carroll said on his weekly radio show on Monday morning. “But the high ankles do linger and I hope that he’ll feel good on it. We just want it behind us, instead of having it kind of be gone. So that’s why we made that move. He did practice well last week though and he ran hard. He could still feel some stuff; so that’s why we made that decision.”
Carroll is correct. High ankle sprains do linger and they come with a much longer and more complicated recovery than low ankle sprains. With Rawls ankle injury history in mind, there is no doubt the Seahawks and Rawls made the right decision to put his return off until Week 2. Rawls has now passed his ORT, and while he will still be at an Elevated Injury Risk for the next few weeks, he will be in a better position than if he played Week 1.
Rawls will likely get the start against San Francisco, though the Seahawks may decide to slightly limit his snaps. Eddie Lacy was pretty awful in Week 1 so rookie Chris Carson led the backfield in snaps.
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