Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Chris Matthews (84) catches a pass in front of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) during the second half an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Baltimore.
Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) tackles Seattle Seahawks running back DuJuan Harris (32) during the first half an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Baltimore.
But then the red-hot Seattle Seahawks came to town, and quarterback Russell Wilson lit up Baltimore's secondary. He's been away from team headquarters for all but a day or two since surgery in Philadelphia on November 25.
The Seahawks have been shaking off absences all season, and did so again Sunday; on defense, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett and DeShawn Shead dealt with lesser injuries.
Rawls, who was named the NFL's Rookie of the Week, broke his ankle in the first quarter.
The Seahawks running back likely won't play again this season, but the team is optimistic he could return earlier than expected.
The surging Seahawks finally took a loss, but it wasn't to the Ravens. "He just exemplifies what we are all about - toughness and hard-nosed and committed and grit and all that kind of stuff, and we are going to really miss him".
However, for all the bad that the game started, there are some things that we learned. The question was whether he would ever be great at it. Well, the past four games have answered the question pretty clearly.
And he's done most of it without needing to run for safety and scrambling from the pass rush. Sherman managed to get his second interception on the season off Clausen on Sunday, as the Seahawks have stretched their streak of not giving up an offensive touchdown to 8 straight quarters.
"Thomas has had a fantastic rookie season", Carroll said.
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Marshawn Lynch, who was their No. running back, was already out. Carroll said the team will have to watch through the week to determine the status of both players.... But there continues to be no estimate on when that'll be. He's got a lot to get through. We moved the ball but once we got down in the red zone we couldn't score. Another deep postseason run could hinge on Wilson's arm. Carroll said after the game it remains unclear when Lynch could return.
Carroll said Jackson will remain in his role as a third-down back, leaving it to Harris and Brown to compete for carries first and second down.
Brown, a fourth-year veteran out of Kansas State, had 36 carries for 126 yards last season in seven games with the Buffalo Bills.
Having made Seattle one dimensional for the most part, you'd figure that they would have been able to get some pressure on Russell Wilson or do a better job of coverage on the backend, but alas, 5 touchdowns for Wilson tells that side of the story. Tight end Luke Willson was believed to have suffered bruised ribs during the game and had an MRI done on Monday, which Carroll was still awaiting the results of.