The Seattle Seahawks turned to a familiar runner Monday after star rookie Thomas Rawls suffered a broken ankle in Sunday's win over Baltimore, re-signing veteran Bryce Brown, according to a source within the organization.
When Brown was signed to the active roster back in October, head coach Pete Carroll recalled recruiting him - a former five-star recruit - to the USC Trojans.
"[We] watched him play and as we looked at him on film, John [Schneider] and I both thought we saw a real spark there running the football," Carroll said. "He's a strong, tough kid too, kind of fits our style. So we'll see how that fits."
As Carroll noted, the powerful and athletic Brown fits with the club's preference at the position. Brown is expected to compete with incumbent "starter" DuJuan Harris as the backs likely candidates to replace Rawls as the Seahawks' current lead runner. Veteran Fred Jackson is the most experienced back on the roster but he's mostly used as a receiving threat. Though Jackson is now the longest tenured healthy running back on Seattle's active roster, it was Harris who led the Seahawks with 18 rushing attempts (for 42 yards), compared to "just" seven rushes (for 15 yards) in Sunday's otherwise dominating 35-6 win over the Ravens. Fullback Derrick Coleman showed impressive burst on his lone carry of the game -- an 19 yard sprint off the right side late in the fourth quarter -- which could even earn him some consideration as a change-up runner.
The Seahawks, of course, remain hopeful that All-Pro Marshawn Lynch is able to return from hernia surgery this season. After undergoing surgery Nov. 25, Lynch has returned to Seattle and is attempting to recover in time for Seattle's possible playoff run.
The Seahawks, currently in sole position of the fifth seed in the NFC Playoff chase, host the Cleveland Browns (and their 29th ranked run defense) Sunday at CenturyLink.