The waiting game on Marshawn Lynch is over.
Lynch has missed the past two games with the hamstring injury he suffered in Week 3 against the Bears. In his place, undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls rumbled for 169 yards in last Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. Rawls also pounded the Bears for 104 yards in Week 3, looking powerful and quick out of the backfield.
By comparison, Lynch has struggled behind Seattle’s up-and-down offensive line, running for just 3.4 yards per tote over Seattle’s first three games before tweaking the hamstring.
Carroll noted that Rawls could see eight to 10 touches against the Panthers, per The News Tribune. Veteran Fred Jackson gives Seattle another reliable option, but the Seahawks still view Lynch as their unquestioned top runner and the heart of this offense.