For Seahawks’ Thomas Rawls, hometown of Flint is never far from his mind: ‘I can’t disappoint my cit

Photographed at the Seahawks’ Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on Oct. 5. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times) He knew something was wrong with his ankle. He knew it as soon as he curled up on the field in Baltimore last December. What pain? Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls asked himself, shielding the hurt surging through his ankle. The trainers and doctors wanted to cart him off the field. For three minutes, as one of them held his mouthpiece and another leaned near his face, they tried to convince him to leave that way. But it was too late, he was gone, his mind was already elsewhere, where it always is: Flint, Michigan. “I’m not getting carted off this field,” he told them. Every

‘Football’s Purgatory’: What Life Is Like On The Vikings Practice Squad

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO) — Every day that isn’t an off day, Toby Johnson is up by 6:15 a.m. and out of the house by 6:30. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from his apartment to the Vikings practice facility, but he wants to make sure he’s there before 7. Meetings aren’t until 8. “Practice squad, you want to show that you’re dedicated,” Johnson said. “I always be up there. I come just to show my face. I want to keep my face relevant around the building at all times. I want them guys to know that I’m a pro, I’m serious about my job, I want to do whatever I’ve got to do.” It’s a job that feels like a constant audition. “Oh yeah, most definitely,” Johnson said. “They watch everything. They wat

Texans' Kendall Lamm contributes at tackle, tight end

Whenever the Texans get shorthanded on offense, the fastest solution tends to be versatile offensive tackle Kendall Lamm. Sunday was a perfect example of his ability to contribute at more than one position. The former undrafted free agent from Appalachian State played 21 snaps on offense during a 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans. He lined up as a blocking tight end and at right tackle when right guard Jeff Allen got hurt and briefly left the game as tackle Derek Newton shifted over to guard. "I really have a lot of respect for Kendall," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He really understands his role. He takes a lot of pride in it. He’s obviously a swing tackle for us, can play right or le