For the moment, probably nothing. Michael has been the No. 1 tailback throughout the off-season program and training camp, and with Rawls likely to be eased into action — and potentially not playing much if at all in the pre-season — Michael could stay there.
And to hear Seattle coaches tell it, Michael has a role on this year’s team regardless of what happens around him at the tailback spot.
“He is a player we are counting on and he is accepting the challenge of being a guy that we can rely on,’’ running backs coach Sherman Smith said late last week.
An overriding theme of Michael’s return to the Seahawks late last season was that he had shown an increased commitment to the team and appreciation for being an NFL player after being traded by Seattle at the end of the preseason a year ago and then a few months later released by the Cowboys, the story said. While Rawls should be the guy to get most of the carries, there is certainly some other talent at the position the Seahawks seem to like.