RENTON It’s that time again for Eddie Lacy.
The first week of each month is when the new Seahawks running back weighs in with his team in a bid to stay in shape for his role in Seattle’s offense -- and to collect $55,000 in monthly bonuses within the one-year, prove-it contract he signed in March.
Asked if Lacy made his September weigh-in with the Seahawks of 245 pounds or less, coach Pete Carroll said on Wednesday the same thing he said in early August, and early June (Lacy wasn’t required to weigh in with the Seahawks in July, a vacation month in the NFL just before training camp.)
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“Eddie is doing great. He’s doing great,” Carroll said. “And he has done everything we have asked of him.”
That implies making weight again.
This is a potentially, um, bigger week than most for Lacy. Sunday’s opener is at the Green Bay Packers. That’s the team for which he was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2013 and an 1,100-yard rusher again the following season. And it’s the team that let Lacy go following ankle surgery that ended his 2016 season in October.
Carroll sounded iffy before Wednesday’s practice about Thomas Rawls’ availability as lead running back Sunday. The coach said Rawls has had a high-ankle sprain since rushing two carries for 5 yards in the preseason opener at the Los Angeles Chargers Aug. 13.
Those injuries tend to last a while.
"It’s been a lingering high-ankle that hasn’t quite subsided yet," Carroll said. "He’s really close. He practiced Monday and we’re trying to get him back, and we’ll see how it goes."
Then again, was that a bit of coach’s gamesmanship with any potential Packers listeners?
Nah, that never happens in the NFL.
Later Wednesday the Seahawks listed Rawls as a full practice participant Wednesday. And Carroll said Rawls could have played last week if the preseason finale had been a real game.
Meanwhile, the coach says Lacy is fully ready to run against his former Packers.
"He’s ready. He’s had a great run with us getting to this point," Carroll said.
"He’s done everything we have asked of him, for weeks and weeks now. He’s made every practice. He’s been able to do everything, and every rep that we have offered him. He’s conditioned well and he’s prepared to play…he’s had enough glimpses of the look in preseason that you can see him get to rumbling with the football.
"We’re fired up about him playing and he’s ready for a full load."
Potentially 20, 25 carries in a game if need be?
"Yes," Carroll said.
Here’s the first practice report of the season. Tyler Lockett fully participating jibes with Carroll saying the wide receiver and kick returner is “chomping at the bit” to play in a game of any kind for the first time since he broke two bones in his leg Christmas Eve. Carroll has said, twice, if Lockett is playing at all on Sunday he will be returning kicks, too.