"No problem with that". "That's something I've been working on my game to get better at".
The implication is that as long as Rawls is playing well and producing, then he could immediately handle a significant workload against the Eagles on Sunday.
Coach Pete Carroll said earlier in the week that Rawls will play "considerably" Sunday against Philadelphia but also gave a strong impression that Seattle will ease him back in while relying as much if not more on rookie C.J. Prosise, who's coming off a stellar performance in his first career start.
The subject? Putting in a waiver claim for running back Christine Michael before the 3 p.m. deadline, which was quickly approaching. (Prosise) did a really good job; he's doing the things that we like seeing in him, and we're looking forward to continuing to grow with him. "He had a very good week also". "We talked it through and I think it was definitely the right decision". We always want it to be that way, and it really feels like that on the practice field. "You have to wait and see on game day what we're doing there, but we had a good week". "I know that this team needs me, and I worked so hard to get back, and I'm excited to go this week".
Now with Rawls returning, Prosise wowing, Pope debuting and quarterback Russell Wilson's legs as healthy as they've been since the opener, the Seahawks can actually try to run the ball.
The total combined yards this season of what are likely to be Seattle's top three tailbacks Sunday is 122 on 46 carries. Sunday will be only the third game in the past 11 months for Rawls, who led the National Football League in yards per carry (5.6) as an undrafted rookie last season until he suffered a broken ankle December 13 at Baltimore.
"I think it's most exciting about my whole journey through these injuries is pushing myself and understanding that adversity is there, but it doesn't have to be a part of my life", Rawls said. "He's got excellent quickness", Carroll said.
"We really have liked Pope from the time we had him". He's ready to play and we'll see how the rotation goes once we get going, but he's going to be mixed in right now and there's no reason why not to play him. I train myself to take on the load alone, and whatever the result is during the game Sunday is just whatever it is.
Also returning to action after injuries are TE Luke Willson (knee) and OT Bradley Sowell (knee), the latter put in competition with Gilliam this week in practice. He had arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago. Now that we have him back and he's in the fold, we're anxious to see what he can do. "He's going. We're just cutting him loose and he's going". Now that Brad's back, we're just trying to find a place. "We know that he's really applying himself and achieving at a high level and he can get measureably better as we move down the road here".