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Seahawks' Thomas Rawls expected back against 49ers

Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) runs against Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen (37) during the first half of an NFL football NFC divisional playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

RENTON -- The Seahawks will have their starting running back in Week 2, as coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Thomas Rawls will be back for Sunday's home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

"We do expect Thomas back," Carroll said. "He should be raring to go."

Rawls hasn't played in a game since toting the ball two times for five yards in the exhibition opener against the Chargers on Aug. 13. A high-ankle sprain kept him out of practice until Sept. 4. Rawls was inactive Sunday against the Packers.

Without Rawls, it was assumed Eddie Lacy would see a bulk of the carries against Green Bay, but the former Packer had just five carries for three yards. The entire unit wasn't productive though, with only 53 of the team's 90 rushing yards coming from running backs. Rookie Chris Carson was the leader in that category, rushing for 39 yards on six carries, including a 30-yard burst late in the game.

Quarterback Russell Wilson totaled 40 yards on two carries.

Carroll said Lacy and Carson "both had their moments where there was good spacing and they did a nice job running the football. I thought Chris got a little bit more room and took advantage of it.

He added that "Eddie hit up in there a couple good times," but overall "it was not a game where we developed a real feel for the running game like we want to."

Carroll said a key to improving the run game is "sticking to it," noting that can be a difficult task when the team only converts 25 percent of its third-down attempts as Seattle did Sunday. The Seahawks ran the ball just 15 times and attempted 27 passes.

The offensive line has much to do with that as well. Carroll was disappointed with that unit Monday, primarily because the group didn't put forth the effort he had seen leading up to the game.

"I'm disappointed that we're talking about that today," he said. "I thought we were moving in the right direction. I've seen us move in the right direction, but this game we weren't sharp."

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