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Encouraging signs for Seahawks RBs Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks got encouraging news Monday at the running back position as Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise both participated in a portion of team drills at practice.

Rawls had ankle surgery in the offseason and started training camp on the PUP list, but he returned to practice last week. Monday, though, was the first time he participated in team drills.

"He looked really good," coach Pete Carroll said. "He's been working really hard. This isn't like he's been waiting to work. He's been working like crazy, so just to fit him in is really what we're trying to do today, and he looked terrific."

Prosise, a third-round pick, injured his hamstring during the Seahawks' first practice of training camp and has been sidelined since. But like Rawls and Zac Brooks (hamstring), Prosise participated in about 10 or 12 snaps during the team period.

When the Seahawks drafted Prosise, they had a specific plan for him - to assume the role of a third-down back. Prosise has practiced with both the running backs and wide receivers, and the team believes he can be a weapon in the passing game. But he'll have to spend the next few weeks getting up to speed.

The Seahawks' run game faced a lot of uncertainty a couple weeks ago but appears to be moving in the right direction. Rawls might not play in the preseason, but he's on track to be ready for Week 1. Prosise and Brooks are back. Christine Michael has been a bright spot. And rookie Alex Collins has looked good.

Reviewing the film

Carroll said he liked what he saw from the Seahawks' starting offensive line in the team's preseason opener. Specifically, he singled out the performance of center Justin Britt, who played really well.

During practice, the Seahawks went with the same starting five they had out there Saturday night. From left to right: Bradley Sowell, Mark Glowinski, Britt, Germain Ifedi and Garry Gilliam.

On the defensive side of the ball, Carroll raved about the play of undrafted free agent defensive back Tyvis Powell. Powell had a crushing block on special teams and also made a tackle in coverage. Late in the game, he came away with an interception.

Powell is practicing at both safety and cornerback and has a great shot to make the team.

Injuries

Mike Morgan, who started at SAM linebacker Saturday, missed Monday's practice because he was in Philadelphia having his groin examined. Carroll said Morgan would play Thursday in the team's next preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Kam Chancellor missed practice because of a groin injury, but it's not considered to be serious.

Tight end Jimmy Graham (ruptured patellar tendon) practiced but did not participate in team drills.