The Seahawks are going to without running back Marshawn Lynch for just the second time in six seasons Monday night when they host winless Detroit.
The team announced following Sunday’s walk-through practice that Lynch’s ailing hamstring that had him questionable on Saturday wasn’t worth the risk of the offense’s cornerstone playing Monday.
That means undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls will get the start and 34-year-old third-down back Fred Jackson will get an expanded role against a Detroit defense that entered the weekend tied for 20th against the run. Rawls gained 104 yards on 16 carries in last week’s 26-0 win over Chicago. Lynch missed the first 12 minutes of that game with a groin injury, ran five times for 14 yards, then injured his hamstring bobbling then catching a fourth-down pass in the final minute of the first half. The 29-year old didn’t play in the second half against the Bears.
Rawls’ story to becoming Lynch’s unlikely replacement is here, from today’s News Tribune.
The Seahawks also downgraded nose tackle Brandon Mebane from questionable to out for the game. He sustained a groin injury during the first half against the Bears.
The team also added outside linebacker Bruce Irvin to its injury report. He is questionable with an ankle injury.