Thomas Rawls to be game-time decision at Packers

posted by Curtis Crabtree - 

Wild Card Round - Detroit Lions v Seattle Seahawks

RENTON -- Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday's regular season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Cornerback Richard Sherman, defensive tackle Jarran Reed and defensive end Frank Clark are all expected to play despite being listed as questionable.

Rawls is working his way back from a high-ankle sprain sustained in the preseason. He missed the team's final three preseason games but has been a full participant in practice throughout the week.

"He worked out well again today," head coach Pete Carroll said of Rawls. "That would go all the way until game day."

Sherman (thigh) and Reed (shoulder) had appeared on the injury report during the week after having minor issues surface during practice. 

Carroll made note that they "have to list them." The comment could be a nod toward the league looking into the team's injury reporting last season after a knee injury Sherman had was never listed on the injury report. Ultimately, the league did not hand down any discipline for the failure to disclose the injury as Sherman played every game.

Clark suffered a wrist injury in Seattle's third preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"(He's) ready to go. He had two sore wrists that he was dealing with but he practiced well the last two days," Carroll said.

Wide receiver Tyler Lockett is also set to play after being held out of games during the preseason. Lockett sustained a broken leg in December that ended his 2016 season. Carroll has said that Lockett will also jump right back into their kick return game as well if he's healthy enough to do so.

"Really excited about that," Carroll said. "He's had a great preparation. I'm excited for him. He's such a spark for us, so we'll be able to get him involved in all phases.

"He really looks great so I'm really excited to add him in because we love him, the way he plays, the things that he brings, what he does on special teams and all that. He's ready to go."

Linebacker Michael Wilhoite is not expected to play as he's listed as doubtful with a calf strain. He's getting close to returning and will have a chance to play next week against his former team, the San Francisco 49ers.

Rookie safety Delano Hill will be a game-time decision. Carroll said he's "really close" and has got enough work during the week to be able to play, if healthy. 

Sunday's game will also be the first chance to see newly acquired defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson on the field with the team. Carroll said he's acclimated well so far and is encouraged about his fit with the team.

"He's got a good energy about him, a lot of fire to him," Carroll said. "I know he's excited about playing with our group. We'll learn more as we go but he's given us nothing but really positive vibes about being here, learning, being ready to go and making this transition."

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Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07:  Thomas Rawls #34 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball during the second half against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game at CenturyLink Field on January 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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