Seahawks to start Thomas Rawls vs. 49ers with Marshawn Lynch declared inactive

Seahawks will be without their superstar running back Sunday vs. the 49ers. Lynch will be especially missed given that he enjoyed a season-best performance in Week Seven in San Francisco.

The Seahawks will have to rely on rookie Thomas Rawls once again as star running back Marshawn Lynch was ruled inactive prior to Sunday's kickoff against the San Francisco 49ers.

Lynch had been listed as questionable all week long with an abdominal injury but head coach Pete Carroll suggested that he might be available, commenting that BeastMode was indeed injured but "with a positive bent." Lynch played last week against the Arizona Cardinals with the same injury.

Rawls has performed well when called upon, including running for a career-high 169 yards in a start on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Five.

Rawls will have to perform well to make up for Lynch, who was the centerpiece of Seattle's attack in the Week Seven win in San Francisco. Lynch ran for a season-high 122 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 20-3 victory.

While the Seahawks' offense was dealt a significant blow with today's news, the 49ers on the other hand got good news with veteran wideout Anquan Boldin getting cleared after missing the past two weeks. He'd been listed as questionable this week with a hamstring injury. 

Among Seattle's inactives are new defensive tackle A.J.Francisc, outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, center Drew Nowak, wide receiver Paul Richardson and rookies Tye Smith (cornerback) and Kristjan Sokoli (guard).

San Francisco's inactives include running back Carlos Hyde, defensive lineman Tank Carradine, cornerback Kenneth Reaser, wideout Jerome Simpson, guards Ian Silberman and Brandon Thomas and wideout DeAndrew White. 


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