Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will miss Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and is expected to miss a lot more time than that after having surgery Wednesday morning to repair a sports hernia.
With Lynch out, rookie undrafted free agent running back Thomas Rawls will start Sunday against the Steelers. Rawls ran for 209 yards on 30 carries in the Seahawks’ 29-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. The Central Michigan product will be backed up by Fred Jackson on Sunday.
Rawls has a running style similar to that of Lynch as he is very violent in nature and looks for contact at the second level. He is averaging right at 6 yards per carry so far this season on 101 carries and could become the first undrafted player to win the offensive rookie of the year award.
On Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin made it clear during his press conference that stopping the Seahawks running game will be a chore even if they are without the services of Lynch.
The Seahawks made several roster moves Tuesday including picking up another running back as they re-signed Bryce Brown, who was on the roster a few weeks ago when Thomas Rawls was dealing with a calf injury.