SEATTLE The return of Thomas Rawls and the emergence of rookie Chris Carson have left Eddie Lacy out the Seahawks’ game-day plans -- and completely out of uniform.
The Seahawks left their biggest offseason acquisition inactive for Sunday’s home opener against San Francisco, just as Rawls was going back to his lead-runner status after a month away with a sprained ankle.
Lacy signed a one-year, prove-it contract with at least $2,865,000 guaranteed in March. The former NFL offensive rookie of the year for Green Bay in 2013 and 1,100-yard rusher again in 2014 could earn another $2.3 million in bonuses tied to performance. Being inactive for the first time I can find in his career apparently for something other than injury eats into the maximum of $1 million Lacy could have earned in game-day active roster bonuses per week.
He has not been on any of the team’s first six practice/injury reports for this season.
As for the $1.3 million in bonuses he can earn for yards gained, he has 3 yards rushing on five carries through two weeks.
Carson played 26 snaps in the opener at Green Bay, including the first one in an offset formation with fullback Tre Madden. Lacy played just seven of the Seahawks’ 48 snaps against his former Packers. Carson, the rookie seventh-round pick from Oklahoma State, had Seattle’s only run worth nothing by a running back against the Packers, a 29-yard cut back in the second half. The Seahawks’ running backs ran 14 times for 44 yards besides that romp.
Wednesday, when I asked what Rawls’ return meant for Lacy’s role, coach Pete Carroll said: “Like I’ve told you, he is in great shape. He is ready to go. He knows what we are doing. We got to make sure and give him space and get him going. He had a couple runs (at Green Bay) but a couple runs that didn’t get going because of what we did up front.
“So I think he is doing fine.”
Oday Aboushi and undrafted rookie Jordan Roos being inactive against the 49ers showed how much the Seahawks value rookie second-round pick Ethan Pocic’s ability to back up at tackle, guard and center. Mark Glowinski started again at right guard over Aboushi. Those two battled all preseason for that job.
Terence Garvin was inactive with a shoulder injury he got in the opener at Green Bay, which he started at strong-side linebacker in base defense. Former 49ers starter Michael Wilhoite returned from weeks out with a calf injury to start at strong-side linebacker.