Seahawks' Thomas Rawls: Set for lead role Thursday

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Rawls will lead the Seattle backfield in Thursday's game against the Cardinals, ESPN.com's Brady Henderson reports.

The Seahawks talked up Eddie Lacy as their lead back ahead of the Week 9 loss to Washington, but Rawls took over the role after his teammate suffered a groin injury in the second quarter. Lacy has since been ruled out for Thursday's game in Arizona, leaving passing-down specialists C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic as the only competition for Rawls in the backfield. There is some cause for optimism despite Rawls' season-long mark of 2.5 yards per carry, as Thursday will mark his first appearance of the season without Lacy or Chris Carson (ankle) also available. The Cardinals have limited opposing running backs to 3.5 yards per carry and 81 rushing yards per game, with Todd Gurley standing as the only player to produce more than 80 yards on the ground in a single contest against Arizona.

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