It looks and sounds like they will now rely equally on Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy as opposed to one of them taking over the way Carson did when he started the first four games and was the clear-cut No. 1 option in the Seahawks' backfield. Rawls and Lacy shared the workload fairly evenly Sunday. Coach Pete Carroll didn't say it in so many words, but his comments suggested they will continue to do so going forward.
"We're just going to keep working our guys and keep rolling with both really worthy guys," Carroll said. "We'll just pound away and see what happens as the games go and everybody is ready to go."
Carroll said third-down back C.J. Prosise, who missed Seattle's past two games with an ankle injury, will be available when the team returns from its bye next week. His comments were in response to a question about what criteria the Seahawks would use each week to determine their primary option for the next game.
"There's no reason to have any criteria for it right now because we like our guys, and really, equal status now is good for us," Carroll continued. "We'll see how they do."
After Carson went down with an ankle injury and a fracture in his leg in Week 4, Carroll went out of his way to mention on a few occasions how fortunate the Seahawks were to have Rawls ready to step in. That left the impression that Seattle was preparing to go with Rawls as its lead back even though he had been a healthy scratch the week before.
But it was a fairly even split Sunday with Rawls (eight carries, 20 yards) and Lacy (nine carries, 19 yards) each finishing with 10 touches. Lacy started the game and they alternated series early. Rawls ended up playing more snaps, 32 to 19.
Neither distinguished himself on what was a difficult day for Seattle's offense. The Seahawks rushed for a season-low 62 yards as the Rams' front seven yielded little room to run.
"I wish we had gotten ahead a little bit more so we could have really pounded it a little bit more and see if we could make some more yards with it, but we kept our attitude about it and kept trying and working at it," Carroll said. "Both Eddie and Thomas got some shots. We need to do better. I really want to keep pounding away until we get better at it. We'll make progress there."
Carroll was encouraged by the way Rawls started to settle in Sunday while playing extensively in the fourth quarter, saying, "I thought Thomas did have a better feel as the game went on. He just doesn't have much experience in the last year."
Rawls had his moments late last season, like a 161-yard performance in the wild-card round of the playoffs. But he hasn't regained the form he showed as an undrafted rookie in 2015, when he filled in for Marshawn Lynch and averaged an NFL-best 5.6 yards per carry during 13 games before breaking his ankle.
As Carroll alluded to, Rawls hasn't had much of a chance. He missed seven games last season with a cracked fibula, and before Sunday, he had all of five carries this season as he missed time with an ankle injury and took a back seat to Carson.
Carroll last week refuted the notion that all of those injuries may have diminished Rawls' explosiveness. He said it's been a lack of opportunities more than anything.
"It's next to nothing," Carroll said. "But he's working real hard, he's in good shape and his attitude is great. I don't see there's any reason other than just kind of bringing him along. Meanwhile, Eddie is pounding it, and we'll be alright."