Expect Seahawks to ease RB Thomas Rawls back from injury

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he is expecting running back Thomas Rawls to return Sunday from a fibula injury that has sidelined him since Week 2.

Asked if Rawls will take over the starting role, Carroll said, "We’ve got to get him back first. Let’s get him back, get him going, make sure he’s ready to roll and all that, and we’ll figure that out. If he makes it through the week, he’s going to play considerably because he’s in great shape and he’s ready to do that. But we’re not going to overplay him or try to take it too far too soon."

The Seahawks waived running back Christine Michael on Tuesday and promoted Troymaine Pope from the practice squad.

"We’re going with the other guys," Carroll said when asked about the decision to let Michael go. "We’re going with the guys that we want to go with. We’re excited about where we’re moving and think it’s going to fit together really well."

C.J. Prosise, who had 24 touches for 153 yards last week, figures to be heavily involved once again against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"C.J. did a really good job. He’s doing the things that we like seeing in him," Carroll said. "Look forward to continuing to grow with him. That’s one.

"Thomas coming back, ready to play. That’s two. And we’re really excited about that. We’ve all been waiting to see that happen. He has to get through the week and all, but he’s really in great shape and ready to go, so we anticipate that he’ll play and will be significantly involved.

"We really liked Pope from the time we had him. We missed out on getting him back when we had to release him at camp, and disappointed in that. So now that we’ve got him back, and he’s in the fold, we’re anxious to see what he can do. And so that’s why we did that."

The Seahawks also have rookie Alex Collins on the roster.

The plan for now seems to be to see how much Rawls can do but ease him in. Prosise is the favorite to lead the Seahawks in touches Sunday, and Pope will likely rotate in.