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Seahawks rookie Kenneth Walker III set for NFL debut against 49ers

Kenneth Walker III, last season’s college football Doak Walker Award winner, has been cleared after a hernia op and could debut against the 49ers.

Rookie Kenneth Walker III to support Penny against 49ers
Steph ChambersAFP

Rookie running back Kenneth Walker III is expected to make his NFL debut when the depleted Seattle Seahawks visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The unfancied Seahawks got off to a winning start with Geno Smith at the helm but lost safety Jamal Adams, possibly for the season, during a 17-16 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Walker underwent hernia surgery in mid-August and sat out the season opener against the Broncos on Monday but the 21-year-old was a full-practice participant on Friday and wasn’t designated with an injury status on the club’s injury report.

“It was real sudden,” Walker told reporters Friday of the hernia. “They told me it was something to take care of early. So I’m glad it happened before the season really.”

High hopes for Walker in Seattle

Walker is a second-round pick out of Michigan State. He won the Doak Walker Award last season as the best running back in college football while gaining 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Rashaad Penny is Seattle’s lead back and he rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries in the win over Denver.

Seahawks undrafted rookie safety Joey Blount (hamstring) is doubtful after being added to the injury report on Friday. Cornerback Artie Burns (groin) is questionable after missing the opener.