Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has maintained all along that the team will proceed slowly with Rawls and won't rush him back.
"We're going to be careful," Carroll said. "There's no need to rush him at all. A very violent football player. He needs time to get ready to play the way he does, so we're going to take however long that is. I don't really have a schedule at this point."
Rawls returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a broken left ankle and ligament damage in December. He went through warm-ups with his teammates and caught passes from the quarterbacks during the beginning part of practice. Overall, though, the team continues to believe Rawls will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. He's in position to replace Lynch as the Seahawks' primary ball carrier, the story said.